AM2 Assessment Exam Info

by Editor on October 30, 2012

Q- What is the AM2 Exam?
A- AM2 stands for ‘Achievement Measurement 2’. It used to be known as the Practical Performance Assessment (PPA). It is administered by the National Electrotechnical Training organization (NET).

AM2 Electrical Assessment Exam

About the AM2

The AM2 electrical exam is to assess a candidate’s overall ability and knowledge as an electrician. It is now included as the final stage of a City and Guilds 2357 (previously C&G 2330) course and involves multiple choice tests and a practical examination. The electrician’s AM2 exam is taken at an NET testing centre which is independent from the candidates college or training provider. The assessments are normally carried out over 3 days and contain 4 modules.

Although an AM2 assessment is not compulsory as part of an electrician’s portfolio of qualifications it is generally regarded as a good measurement of a newly qualified electrician’s all round abilities. A more experienced electrician would not necessarily be required to hold an AM2 where their cv includes a record of previous employment and skills.

The AM2 qualification can be of benefit when applying for electricians’ jobs. Employers often regard a job applicant who holds an AM2 as a ‘fully’ qualified electrician.

An AM2 assessment is also a requirement for newly qualified electricians to join the JIB and obtain an ECS Gold ID Card.

Please Note
Anyone wishing to take an electrician’s AM2 exam must first be assessed to make sure they are prepared. This would normally be carried out by the electrical training provider and a pre-assessment checklist is provided by the NET testing center.

What does the AM2 Exam include?

The AM2 for electricians includes 4 modules.  Here are some of the main electrician’s skill requirements covered in an electrical AM2 exam:

Multiple Choice Test

The paper or online test will cover the many aspects of electrical installation and design:

  • Use of correct tools and equipment
  • Risk Assessment & Health and Safety / PPE
  • BS-7671 and The Building Regs
  • Inspection and Testing
  • Circuit Protection- RCDs & Overload
  • Fault Finding

AM2 Practical Skills

A candidate will need to demonstrate their practical skills by carrying out electrical installation tasks. These could include:

  • Risk Assessments before commencing work
  • Safe Isolation Procedures and Locking Off
  • Interpretation of technical info and drawings
  • Termination and connection of various types of cables- Singles, T&E/Multicore, SWA/XLPE, SY, Heat Resisting/Fire System (FP) and Data.
  • Connection of 3 phase circuit
  • Connection of Radial or Final Ring Circuits
  • Connection of 2 way / intermediate lighting switching
  • Wiring of cable tray and trunking wiring
  • Motors- Starter connections (Star / Delta) and Overload settings (calculations)
  • RCD Socket or Outlet
  • Connection and siting of Fire & CO2 detectors
  • Connection of Central Heating S Plan heating system
  • Connection of a type Sustainable Energy System
  • Knowledge of types and connection of Earthing systems
  • Equipotential Bonding- Sizing and connection

Inspection & Testing

The AM2 candidate will also be expected to be able to carry out testing and inspection of an electrical installation including completing the relevant documentation.

Fault Finding

The candidate’s fault finding skills will be assessed and they will be required to by locate various wiring system faults.



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ROD FOSTER November 1, 2012 at 10:12

AM2 STANDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT MEASUREMENT 2 THEN CHANGED TO PPA PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT. IT IS NOW KNOWN AS ASSESSMENT OF ELECTROTECHNICAL OCCUPATIONAL COMPETENCE [AOC] ALTHOUGH EVERYONE IN THE TRADE STILL CALLS IT AM2.

Thanks for the update Rod- Steve.

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