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Thinking of getting qualified or updating your electrical


The Skillset Certificate may be for you

Originally developed on behalf of the film and TV industries, the Skillset Certificate in temporary electrical systems (SCiTES) 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 website gives a bit of background and provides a list of where you can take the course. To date over 1000 people have taken the course and the feedback has been excellent, with most recommending it to their colleagues.


There have been significant changes in electrical standards (notably BS 7671 and BS 7909) and working practices in recent years. 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. The intent is to allow experienced practitioners already working in the industry, or those newly qualified by allied routes such as 17th Edition qualifications or electrical NVQs, to demonstrate an understanding of what is required to practice safely with temporary electrical systems. The Certificate has proved popular with those who’ve sat the pilot courses with 100% of candidates intending to recommend it to their colleagues. Read more below. Many employers are intending to enforce this qualification for those responsible for temporary power systems on their productions, spearheaded by the BBC. 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. This course highlights the legal responsibilities of those working with power and uses ordinary scenarios and situations to explain common hazards and how the associated Standards can be used to mitigate the risks. Passing this course provides evidence that you understand the principles behind providing an electrically safe working environment and what needs to be done to achieve one.

What is covered?

The ten modules are as follows: 1. Understanding health and safety requirements in the electrical environment. Gain an  appreciation of the application of Standards, regulations and the law. 2. Understanding different earthing arrangements, sources of supply and earthing practices. 3. Understanding cable losses, specification and power quality.  4. Understanding protection methods including RCDs, electrical separation and automatic  disconnection 5. Equipment testing and certification 6. Temporary electrical system testing and certification 7. Management of temporary electrical distributions and management structure 8. Requirements for systems in agricultural, water based and similar environments 9. Power supply arrangements in mobile and transportable units 10. Generator operation Please be aware that you do need to have an understanding of electrical principles in order to be successful. Read the Pre-application checklist before applying.


To date, the feedback has been consistently good and candidates have welcomed the opportunity to clear up myths, learn new things and brush up on old skills. Here are the latest round of comments from the last couple of courses - all are verbatim, so spelling errors included!: Just a quick message to say thanks for the training session last week and will recommend it to others. It has certainly prompted some further reading. I would just like to say thanks for the 2 day course I found it very educational and interesting. Thank you for running such a brilliant corse. I took so much more away from the corse than i was expecting too and really felt it was a massif leap in my professional career development. I am Implementing many of the things I learnt on the corse daily in the corse of my work. It really was good. Thank you so much Lovely stuff. Thanks again for an excellent course, it is good to have clarity on some of the things that when you read them they mostly make sense. Thanks for your time, the course was very well structured. Thank you very much, I really enjoyed the course and will try and get you out to give us a few pointers on installing a good testing regime on our next film   Thankyou, I am delighted. Many thanks, I am chuffed to bits on passing, it must be down to the tuition. It was a very valuable course that many more gaffers and sparks should do. Thank you very much, I enjoyed the course , wish it was longer Fantastic, thank you very much for a very useful and informative course. Thank you again for running the course I found it very informative even if it was odd being back in a classroom environment again. I found the course fascinating, and your delivery style really helped to bring the subjects very much into focus. Thanks again for the course – how you manage to deliver that in such a fresh engaging way for the umpteenth time is a great credit to you, even if for me there was little chance of taking everything in! Read more feedback here.
Creative Skillset Creative Skillset works with the creative industries including film and TV to develop skills and talent for the benefit of the industry and to help safeguard its future.   It has developed this Certificate in response to a request from a safety group comprising film and TV rental companies, the major broadcasters, PACT, BECTU, Freelance electricians and representatives of the electrical standards committees. For more information visit the Skillset website by clicking the link below.