18th Edition Exam Only

For those who have already attended a relevant training course, taking the 18th edition bs7671 exam in isolation may be an option. If looking to pursue this route, please make completely sure that the course you have previously attended was the correct one. This should have been the 18th edition wiring regulations and electrical installation full or update course, accredited by the City & Guilds body.

Alternatively, you may have a substantial level of work experience in the trade, and feel ready to take the test. Please do not assume that on-the-job training will give you enough knowledge to secure a pass. The 18th edition guide is involved and relatively complex, and therefore it is vital that you have received some support in working through the book.

This exam may feel a little different to classic assessments undertaken in prior education. The paper is designed to test your practical application of the 18th edition regulations, so simply committing the guide’s content to memory will not work. So, please do not just buy a copy of the bs7671, learn it off by heart, and book a test!

In essence, there are no short-cuts. Learning the correct way to use and understand the guide via an approved course is the only suitable approach. If you successfully pass this exam, you will receive a Level 3 City & Guilds 2382 certificate.

If you believe that an examination-only approach is right for your personal circumstances, then please utilize this guide to help prepare for your test.

Brief Overview

The assessment is in multiple choice format, and lasts for a duration of two hours. It is exclusively computer-based. There will be 60 questions in total, which means you’re allocated two minutes per response. This should be more than enough time to pause, reflect on the question, and answer accordingly.

Questions will be organized via each ‘part’ of the 18th edition guide, so you should be able to easily identify what part of the book they allude to. This is an advantage on previous examination cycles, as questions used to be presented in random order. Make sure you capitalize on this benefit!

Lastly, it’s worth noting that the exam software has an in-built flagging system. This means that if you’re unsure of a question or answer you’ve provided, you can re-visit it after completing the rest of the test. Please do not dwell too long on answers, and make sure you offer at least a response to all 60 questions. Another top tip is to avoid sense checking answers unnecessarily. If you’re fairly confident you’re correct, then just press on!

Equipment Preparation

Apart from ensuring that you have a strong grasp of the book’s content and application, please remember the supporting equipment you’ll need.

Remember, you are permitted to bring your 18th edition bs7671 guide into the examination. You should use this as a crutch to support answers given, and also don’t forget the usefulness of the Appendices section! Some facilitators may even loan you a copy on the day as part of their servicer package.

It also may be worth taking in an illuminous highlighter, as this will help you quickly identify regulations you’re working on as you move between question paper and guide book. Candidates are also permitted to have a non-programmable scientific calendar.

Exam Conditions

Plenty of academic institutions and private course facilitators offer the option of taking an examination only approach. It’s important to review any learning body you use prior to taking the exam, so you feel confident they’ll support you properly.

Most schemes now offer both virtual and on-site testing capabilities, particularly if pandemic-related restrictions are in-play. Unlike the 18th edition full and update courses, taking an off-site test does not necessarily cost less money. If you do decide to go remote, make sure that you have a channel of communication with an appropriate course point of contact. Link in with them in the days prior to the exam, and ensure they’re set-up to offer you support on the day. The last thing you want to be doing is frantically try to understand the testing process minutes before the exam!

Another watch-out is your external set-up. Again, if you opt for a virtual option, you’ll need to have the ability to show yourself and your computer screen on camera. This protects you, the course convenor, and the examination board from any allegations of foul play.

As per the face-to-face testing process, you’ll also be expected to present a photographic ID. Simply show this on screen when prompted.

Your assessment will be graded swiftly, and you’ll receive results almost immediately after sitting the exam. Usually, this is accessed via the City & Guilds online portal. This is a pass or fail style assessment, however you will receive a percentage score and breakdown of results. In the unfortunate event of failure, please feel rest assured that you can easily take a re-sit. This will however incur another testing fee.


Browse marketplace options, as prices do vary between exam providers. If travelling, make sure that the testing centre is local and easily accessible. Candidates can expect to pay roughly £110-£130 for an onsite exam, and £140-£160 for the remote version. Although, as suggested, the bandwidth might be broader than what’s referenced above.

Please also make sure that you’re aware of any hidden costs. Some providers will charge additionally for a hard copy of your certification. A pdf version should always be available for free.


Stick to the following easy steps when approaching the exam:

  1. Ensure you’re absolutely ready to take the exam. This involves receiving the required training through an accredited 18th edition wiring regulations course.
  2. Be aware of the exam structure and format prior to sitting the test
  3. Prepare yourself by acquiring the right equipment and utilizing this accordingly.
  4. Check the quality of the course provider or academic institution prior to paying for their services. You deserve the right level of support throughout the process to give you the best possible chance of success.
  5. Decide which method of testing better suits your personal circumstances, whether that be on-site or remote.
  6. Understand how much the test should cost, don’t fork out extra money unnecessarily!

Finally, relax, be confident, and apply yourself to the best of your ability. If you’ve prepared properly, there’s every chance you’ll pass first time. Remember, the success rate is high for this assessment, so try not to feel overly nervous beforehand. Best of luck!