Electrical Installation Condition Report- EICR Training Video by Learning Lounge

by Editor on December 18, 2011

This Learning Lounge Electrical training video gives a great overview of the Electrical Installation Condition Report EICR introduced in Amendment 1 of BS7671. If you’ve had a chance to watch it I would be interested in your comments.


Learning Lounge Electrical EICR Training Video

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There’s loads of info in this 21 module epic which will be useful to both new and experienced electricians and test engineers. It covers all aspects of the EICR reporting and electrical testing to comply with the Regs. The video can be accessed now by Learning Lounge Electrical subscribers and will soon for sale on DVD at the Learning Lounge Electrical website (see below).

Here’s how Learning Lounge describe the content of the training modules:

1 Introduction. Dave and Tony ask the key questions of Why do we need Periodic Inspection and Testing, When it is required and Who can do it? They also introduce the fundamental changes with Amendment No.1 including the new observation codes and the Electrical Installation Condition Report Form itself.

2 The Equipment. In this section of the video we quickly overview the equipment required and also the types of Electrical Installation Condition Report form available.

3 The Pre-Inspection. In this part of the video we undertake a pre-inspection to determine the age of the property, whether any previous test documentation exists. The extent of installation covered by the inspection box on the EICR form is explained along with Agreed and Operational Limitations.

4 Commencing with the Inspection. In this part of the video we start to work through the comprehensive inspection schedule, starting with Condition of Supply Intake Position.

5 Presence of Adequate Arrangements for Other Sources. Tony discusses the requirements for alternative sources of supply.

6 Earthing and Bonding Arrangements. In this we investigate what needs to be inspected with regards the installations Earthing arrangement including main protective bonding conductors.

7 Consumer Units. In this section Tony and Dave investigate the part of the EICR which focuses on the inspection requirements for Consumer Units. Ranging from location to working space through to suitability of circuit protective devices.

8 Final Circuits. This section focuses on the many inspection items that apply to final circuits; ranging from identification of conductors and the condition of cables to whether they have additional protection provided by RCD.

9 Isolation and Switching. This section investigates the presence and suitability of devices in accordance with Chapter 53.

10 Current Using Equipment. Permanently connected fixed equipment was often over looked in the old PIR, with EICRs this isn’t the case and Tony and Dave discuss the requirements. Including that of downlighters.

11 Locations containing a bath or shower. In this section Dave and Tony investigate the particular inspection items to be considered in this special location. Including the requirements for whether Supplementary Bonding is required.

12 Other Special Installations or Locations. Quick discussion on installations which may have a PV installation, Swimming Pool etc.

13 Continuity of Main Protective Bonding Conductors. Tony demonstrates how to undertake the R2 wandering lead test method.

14 Continuity of Ring Final Circuit Conductors. Tony demonstrates the standard test method and explains why there is no need to undertake the crossover tests.

15 Earth Loop Impedance using R1+R2 for Lighting Circuits. Tony demonstrates this test method which provides a safe alternative to the live test. He also discusses how polarity can be checked using this test method.

16 External Earth Fault Loop Impedance Ze and Prospective Fault Current Tests (Ipf). Tony demonstrates this live test and shows PSCC / PEFC and Polarity at the consumer unit. This also confirms the presence of an Earth prior to the insulation resistance tests.

17 Insulation Resistance. Tony undertakes the alternative test method cross connecting Line and Neutral and testing between these and Earth.

18 Earth Fault Loop Impedance Zs at Socket Outlets. Tony demonstrates how this live test can be undertaken safely at socket outlets.

19 Verifying Zs Readings. In this section we examine our Zs readings and show how to determine they are correct in accordance with chapter 41, also taking into account the necessary correction for cable temperature as required by appendix 14.

20 RCD Testing. In this section Dave and Tony run through the sequence of tests for Residual Current Devices.

21 Electrical Installation Condition Report Summary. In the final part of this video we examine some of the most important information filled in on the EICR for the installation shown and show some do’s and don’ts.

The 3 new Observation Codes
Changes to the Observation Codes to help make reporting more consistent between inspectors and making priorities clearer.
There will now be 3 codes instead of 4.

Old PIR Code 1- Requires Urgent Attention changes to Code C1- Danger Present

Old PIR Code 2- Requires Improvement changes to Code C2- Potentially Dangerous

Old PIR Code 3- Requires further investigation changes to Code C3- Improvement Recommended

The existing PIR Code 4 ‘Does not comply with BS 7671:2008′ will no longer be used.

Note:  Just a singe C1 or C2 observation can result in a verdict of an installation being unsatisfactory.

Related info:

More about Learning Lounge Electrical and the Electrician’s Blog subscription discount.

More about the Amendment 1 Regs & EICR

The Inspection and Testing Regulations

You can view and download the Electrical Safety Council’s Guide on Electrical Installation Condition Reporting from the ERA

As always- your comments are welcome.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Hudson February 27, 2013 at 15:04

very helpful, just doing my first report and this was a big help

Editor May 2, 2012 at 22:12

Hi David
The Network power provider would normally provide an earth or PME terminal to the flat. I would contact them to find out why they haven’t installed one and press home the fact that they have left the installation without an earth connection and it is dangerous. If they won’t, maybe you will need to run an earth cable from the origin to the flat.

David Evans April 30, 2012 at 21:10

I’m working on flat above a shop Scottish power have put in a new cut out,meter,and double pole isolator . The cable to the flat is a mi cable (pyro) with 2 conductors but no earth terminal. the origin of the mi cable is in a mains room that has not been opened for years whose responsable for providing an earthing conductor ,taking into account scottish power use the mi as their main supply

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