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Evening fella's,

I'll soon be enrolling on the inspection and testing course but ensure which is best.

Both EAL and C&G are recognised and both offer the same end result. They are also both the same price although the structure of the eal course is better with the exams.

Does anyone know of a good reason to choose one over the other?

Cheers.
 

Zdb

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Both recognised. Both printed on the back of the JIB/ECS gold card.

.....but have you ever seen a job advertisement where they state EAL testing and inspection? I never have. They always say looking for C&G 2391.

You'd still probably get the job with the EAL qualification but it's just something to think about.
 
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As you said, much of a muchness now. How does the EAL exam differ ?
The structure of the EAL includes one, 2 hour, exam with the overall course said to have a higher pass rate than C&G. EAL is also open book.
The C&G course involves an extra exam and is closed book.
 
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Both recognised. Both printed on the back of the JIB/ECS gold card.

.....but have you ever seen a job advertisement where they state EAL testing and inspection? I never have. They always say looking for C&G 2391.

You'd still probably get the job with the EAL qualification but it's just something to think about.
Yeah, that's a really good point and the main reason I asked the original question.....I've never seen a job post asking for the EAL inspection and testing qual.
 

Andy78

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The structure of the EAL includes one, 2 hour, exam with the overall course said to have a higher pass rate than C&G. EAL is also open book.
The C&G course involves an extra exam and is closed book.
I'm pretty sure the C&G has gone open book to match the EAL. That was one of the changes when they "brought back" the 2391.
 

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The C&G site is worth a look around, particularly the Chief Examiners reports on the candidates results.
 

remedial

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C&G is definitely open book. In fact u can only take guidance note 3 into the eal exam but u can take all iet books into the c&g.

eal has no short answer written exam. So 2 exams in c&g and only 1 in eal. Which is probably why most ppl choose eal if given the choice
 

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Mirror what Remedial said all open book, except for the photo exam on the course I did (C&G)
 

Zdb

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C&G is definitely open book. In fact u can only take guidance note 3 into the eal exam but u can take all iet books into the c&g.

eal has no short answer written exam. So 2 exams in c&g and only 1 in eal. Which is probably why most ppl choose eal if given the choice
All the IET books? That's just cheating:tearsofjoy:
Mirror what Remedial said all open book, except for the photo exam on the course I did (C&G)
Photo exam?
 

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All the IET books? That's just cheating:tearsofjoy:

You don’t have to use them :p

Photo exam?

Yes, apparently it was the ‘visual inspection’ part of the course, ten ish, poor quality photos with quite dated installed equipment in them. Taken prior to the practical element which held zero visual faults, i.e it was all about the physical testing process, the only faults were readings driven.
 
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One of my short answer questions involved the 3m rule.
I mentioned the Reg about overload protection in my answer, got sent back to add a mention the fault protection Reg.
I also mistook one question as being about periodic inspection, when it was in fact about initial verification.
Got sent back to cross out my answer and change it.

Found a couple of faults which were not the ones required in the photo questions. Wooden back box that didn’t have signs of burning, and Line and Switch Line terminated in the wrong terminals.
Line terminal was enclosed, and Switched Line terminal was exposed, one of those Cheesehead screws like you see in America.
Decided to leave them in as I still consider them to be faults, and just added the lack of BS number and lack of CPC.

Multiple choice exam was open book, with BS7671, OSG and GN3.
 
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