IET launches new course on electric vehicle charging

25 February 2013
IET Communications team
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Electric vehicle charging

Charging point installer course to be first of its kind in the UK.

The IET has launched a new training course to assist engineers in understanding its Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation.

This follows a new requirement by the UK Government that electric vehicle charging points be installed in accordance with the code.

The first of its kind in the UK, the course will also give participants the opportunity to gain a new City & Guilds qualification (2919 - Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation).

It has been developed with expert training provider Group Horizon, and includes modules on understanding charging equipment, installation requirements, certification and fault finding.

Its launch means that engineers installing electric vehicle charging equipment can now have their skills and knowledge formally recognised, to enable safe installation across domestic, public, commercial and industrial locations.

Demand for electric vehicles in the UK is expected to increase rapidly following the announcement of a £37 million Government subsidy for charging points.

Carolyn White, director of IET Standards, said: “The Government’s recently announced subsidies shows a commitment to ensuring that the UK is a world leader in electric vehicles.

“As the industry expands, it is vital that benchmarks are introduced to enable those working in the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment to meet accepted standards.

“The IET’s Code of Practice was launched in 2012 and has become widely recognised by industry as the leading guide in the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment. The time is now right to introduce this new course and qualification, which will set the standards for electric vehicle installation.”

More information on the new course is available on the IET website.