The AM2 is a practical assessment with 5 sections (including a short online component), taken over a total of 16.5 hours; it requires candidates to perform a set of common occupational tasks and procedures that a fully qualified electrician might face when working in commercial or industrial premises, as well as dwellings.
During the assessment, candidates undertake a series of timed tasks in specially equipped booths containing typical electrical installation wiring systems. The exercises include installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding, and the work must comply with the current British Standard (BS7671: 2015) and meet with the requirements of relevant Health & Safety legislation and industry best practice.
As the final unit of the electrical installation qualification, the AM2 has provided the means of independently assessing the occupational competency of electrical installation apprentices for more than 30 years. The AM2 is compulsory for apprentices, adult trainees or upskilling workers who seek to gain industry recognised qualified status.
The purpose of the AM2 is to ensure that all qualifying installation electricians achieve a single standard that has been agreed by the employers in the industry as meeting their expectations from newly qualified personnel. The AM2 provides a reliable and trusted independent assessment of safe, high quality standards for the electrical installation industry, and is highly valued by employers, who regard it as proof of competence for an electrician.