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Coronavirus COVID-19 Redford Charles update

You have been advised regularly on our webpage and various forms of social media regarding our precautions taken to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and our efforts to keep the Redford Charles Ltd training centre at Strood open and business as usual.


The situation regarding the spread of the virus is worsening daily and we are constantly checking for guidance and advice provided by the Government and their Senior Health Advisors. We will follow this advice and amend our information provided to our customers accordingly. The Government briefings indicate that the spread of the virus is more prevalent in London and the South East than in other parts of the UK.


The health and welfare of our staff and customers is of paramount importance to us and with this in mind, we have taken the unprecedented step of closing the Redford Charles training centre in Strood from tomorrow, Thursday 19th March 2020, until further notice.  Hopefully it will only be for a short while as we are aware of how important our training is to our customers.  Our advice to delegates is as follows:


  • For delegates booked on a course but not yet started, we will postpone the start of the course until the coronavirus is under control.

  • For delegates wishing to book on a course in the near future, please wait until we know when it is safe to reopen.  We will put an announcement on our website.

  • For delegates who have just started a course such as those that have just completed the first day of the C&G 2391 Inspection and testing or C&G 2382 18th Edition.  We will postpone the course to  a later date and as a gesture of goodwill, will repeat the day one topics as a refresher at no additional charge to our customer.

  • For delegates wishing to cancel their training with us, we will waive any administration fee.

In the meantime, Redford Charles will explore the possibility of using video conferencing technology as a way of training delegates who are not able to assemble in the same location.


It is with great regret that we at Redford Charles have had to make the decision to close the centre but the Government advice, for those that have not yet been infected is to socially distance themselves. This we are now doing.


Together we can fight this by staying apart!

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The Wiring Regulations has been amended with effect from 1st February 2020...

Amendment 1 (2020) to Section 722 Electric Vehicle Charging Points, within BS 7671: 2018. 

Every installation completed after 31st July 2020 must comply with BS 7671:2018 incorporating Amendment 1:2020.


Section 722 applies to electric vehicle charging installations - it modifies the general requirements for protection against electric shock, and includes specific requirements with regard to PME systems, socket-outlets and connectors, external influences, isolation and switching and RCD protection.

Please follow the links below to undertake:


2919 Electric Vehicle Charging Points

2382-18 18th Edition

2391 Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection & Testing

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Still looking to complete your 18th edition training?... 

City & Guilds are only offering an examination for the BS 7671 Wiring Regulations 18th Edition full course, with a recommended 35 guided learning hours (4 days).  No awarding organisation has developed an Update examination.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:  Please click on this link for dates and cost:  City & Guilds - 18th Edition

The previous one-day update course that training centres provided from 16th to 17th was aimed at electricians having a sound knowledge of the Regulations.  However, from our experience we found that for many delegates this wasn't the case, as electricians are busy installing electrical installations without daily reference to the Wiring Regulations.


Therefore, we consider that any update course would not be suitable for many delegates undertaking the course and that all learning objectives could not be met, which is against our training principles.  In response to the awarding bodies announcement that only the full course examination will be available, Redford Charles are providing this qualification as a four-day course, one day a week over four weeks, with the exam held in the afternoon of the last day.

Any assessments by your competency scheme assessors, such as NICEIC and ELECSA, will be expecting you to now work to the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

We have copies of 18th Edition publications for sale:

Wiring Regulations £95, Guidance Note 3 £35, On-Site Guide £30 = £160  

We are selling with all three publications fro £140 (£20 discount)


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