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Are you an electrician or lighting technician working in broadcasting or film? If so this course is essential for you.

The new City - Guilds NA7909(3) is an accredited training programme that replaces the old Skillset Certificate in Temporary Electrical Systems (SCiTES). The course has been created for all of those working with temporary power, particularly (but not exclusively) in the broadcast/film, theatre, festivals, shows and exhibition industries.


This earlier Skillset certificate has been incredibly successful and key feedback was that it should include a practical element. This has been taken on board and it now comprises a third day of practical testing and inspection assessment. The existing course plus this new third day has been recognised by City and Guilds and is now available as an accredited training program.

In respect of the course content, there have been significant changes in the electrical standards (notably BS 7671 and BS 7909) and working practices in recent years, with 2018 seeing another raft of changes to both standards. Increased understanding and application of health and safety legislation, better knowledge of electrical safety principles and products and the greater demands placed on temporary systems (caused by modern equipment) has led to the industry developing this course specifically for the industry itself.

The original SCiTES certificate was developed following a request from a safety group comprising of the major broadcasters, BECTU, PACT, freelance electricians and lighting suppliers, and was the only industry recognised accreditation. To date there are no other training courses of this type that have such industry agreement and following feedback from candidates it’s been decided to add the third practical day, enabling it to be accredited by C&G.

The course should be considered as continuing professional development for those already working in the industry and is not an electrical qualification in its own right.

It is aimed at existing practitioners or those newly qualified by allied routes (such as 17th edition qualifications or electrical NVQ's), and will enable candidates to demonstrate an understanding of what is required to practice safely with temporary electrical systems using the recognised Standards BS 7671 and BS 7909.

Under health and safety law employers have a duty to ensure that those responsible for providing an electrically safe working environment on their behalf can do so competently and effectively. Many employers (spearheaded by the BBC) have enforced this certificate for those responsible for temporary power systems on their productions.

This course highlights the legal responsibilities of those working with power and uses ordinary scenarios and situation to explain common hazards and how the associated standards can be used to mitigate the risks.

The original certificate has already been run around the UK and to date over 1300 people have undergone the training. Feedback has been excellent; so far 99% of candidates enjoyed it and would recommend it to their colleagues.

There are two courses available:

THIS COURSE: Three-day City & Guilds Accredited Temporary Electrical Systems - NA7909-(3): The first two days comprise class-based training with 11 short assessment papers over the two days (the same as the old Creative Skillset certificate). The third day is more practical and includes a written assessment of inspection skills and a practical testing assignment using equipment supplied by the Tutor. All three days run from 9:30 to 17:30.

Alternatively, there is a single day City & Guilds Accredited Temporary Electrical Systems - NA7909-(1): If you have already completed the Creative Skillset course and hold a copy of your certificate, you only need do this practical one-day assessment as the existing Skillset certificate counts as accredited prior learning. Book here for this course.

Tutor James Eade, Chartered Engineer, has worked on live events around the world and continues to get his hands dirty on location.

He represents a number of trade associations on British standards committees including BS7909 and BS7671.

For further information on the course see

It is essential that you read the Pre-application checklist before applying for a place on this course.


Three day City & Guilds Accredited Temporary Electrical Systems - NA7909-(3):

BECTU member £395 + VAT

Associate member £445 + VAT

Non-member £495 + VAT

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