Here’s a helping hand for any other budding electricians: a free online mock exam for the EAL VRQ Level 2 Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers. Passing that exam is a major hurdle on the way to becoming a Part P electrical installer. It isn’t the hardest exam in the world but it isn’t completely simple either. All exams become easier with exam practice.
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If notifiable work is carried out by a registered competent person who is able to self-certify the work, is it necessary to notify building control before the work commences?
Yes, if the work has not been designed by a qualified engineer.
Yes, if the work involves voltages exceeding 230V.
Yes, if the duration of the work will take more than three weeks.
Where do the building regulations apply?
England, Wales and Scotland.
England, Ireland and Scotland.
Across the whole of the United Kingdom.
England and Wales.
Approved Document F requirement F1 does not apply to?
Utility rooms which are more than 50m away from a kitchen.
A small kitchen in a flat above ground floor level.
Bathrooms in large dwellings.
A garage used in connection with a single dwelling.
For the purposes of Approved Document P and the competent persons self-certification scheme, a 'competent person' means?
An individual who has been assessed in their knowledge of BS7671 and the relevant building regulations.
A legal person (a company or an individual) which has been assessed in their knowledge of BS7671 and the relevant building regulations.
Any company which is knowledgeable in the building regulations and requirements.
An individual who is knowledgeable in the requirements of BS7671.
Which activity would be classed as minor work for the purposes of Approved Document P?
Replacing an existing consumer unit.
Adding a new socket outlet in a bedroom.
Adding a new socket outlet in a kitchen.
Wiring a complete new circuit which supplies a load of less than 3kW.
Which parts of a building would the requirements of Approved Document M 2004 edition not apply in?
Living rooms used only occasionally.
Exit routes used only in emergencies.
Any part used solely for repairs or maintenance purposes.
Entrances only used by staff.
The difference between the building regulations and the Approved Documents is?
Neither are relevant to the building of a domestic dwelling.
The building regulations contain practical guidance on how to comply.
The Approved Documents contain practical guidance on how to comply.
The building regulations and the Approved Documents are identical.
If you were concerned about fire protection when running cables through a cavity wall who would you contact for expert advice?
The building control officer.
One of your mates. Probably the one who drinks the most.
The main contractor.
Dry lining experts on the contract with you.
Power and heat.
Light and fuel.
Power and fuel.
Light and power.
When does a greenhouse become liable under Part P?
In a commercial farm yard.
In a retail park not open to the public.
In a private dwelling.
In a retail park open to the public.
The current edition of the regulations is?
The Property Regulations 2000.
The Building and Property Regulations 1988.
The Building Regulations 2000 (as amended).
The Domestic Regulations 2000 (as amended).
Which Approved Document should be consulted when considering the types of materials to be specified for lighting diffusers?
Approved Document M.
Approved Document F.
Approved Document B
Approved Document A.
For the purposes of the building regulations an electrical installation means?
Fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment located on the consumer's side of the electricity meter.
Any electrical supply in the building.
Only the electrical supply after the consumer unit in the house.
Fixed electrical cables or fixed electrical equipment located on the consumer's side of the service head.
When assessing materials, which of the following would establish their fitness for purpose?
A manufacturer's stamp.
A part number.
A serial number.
In the Secretary of State's view, the requirements of Part P will be met by adherence to the "fundamental principles" for achieving safety in which of the following?
The On Site Guide.
BS7671 2008 Chapter 7.
BS7671 2008 Chapter 15.
BS7671 2008 Chapter 13.
Which of these is covered under the building regulations?
A semi-detached house.
Detached buildings not normally used by people.
A single storey building without sleeping accommodation that is two metres away from the boundary of a site.
If you were fitting a consumer unit, what document would you primarily refer to?
A competent person can register with a self-certification scheme so that they can do which of the following?
Issue numbered certificates.
Ignore all the rules.
Do work under Part P, so long as they inform the local authority's building control department before and after the work.
Do work under Part P, without informing the local authority's building control department so long as they send notification afterwards.
Which of the following commercial building electrical installations would Approved Part P apply to?
A public house with a private function room above.
A public house with a self-contained flat fed from a separate electricity supply.
A public house within a shopping complex.
A public house with a flat fed from a common electricity supply.
Where is the practical guidance on the suggested way to comply with the functional requirements of the building regulations contained?
A list of functional requirements.
A series of approved documents.
A series of approved schedules.
A list of functional schedules.
With regard to management systems covering workmanship, regulation 7 of the building regulations indicate that quality management and quality assurance standards are detailed in which publication?
On a notifiable electrical installation, the person ordering the work is issued with a building regulation certificate and relative certificate. What paperwork do you send to the governing body?
A formal letter confirming that you have completed the work.
The building regulations certificate.
The power regulations certificate.
The BS7671 certificate.
What is not classed as special location under the building regulations?
Approved Document P gives guidance on where a kitchen is defined to exist in large open plan areas. Does this:
extend to cover the area between any sink and any cooker?
extend from the edge of a sink to a distance of 3 metres or to a dividing wall if nearer?
extend 1.5 metres from either a sink or a cooker?
extend from a distance of 3 metres around a cooking appliance or to a dividing wall if nearer?
The building regulations are made under which Act?
The Building Act 1984.
The Electricity at Work Act 1988.
The Domestic Installers Act 2003.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
An electrical services trunking penetrates the floor separating different habitable dwellings in a block of flats. What needs to be provided?
A warning notice on the trunking, warning of the presence of electrical cables.
MICCV fire rate cable in the trunking.
A full height enclosure of the trunking in each flat.
Separate cables taken to each floor level.
An existing hot water cylinder is to be replaced. It will need to meet the requirements of the building regulations primarily with regard to:
Amount of water stored.
Control of leaks.
Which approved document is related to the installation of smoke and fire alarms?
Which allows the best compliance with Document A?
Use existing notches.
Cut at the beginning of the span with a hole.
Cut new notches and cover with metal plate.
Cut at the beginning of the span with notches.
The building regulations contain various sections which deal with the definitions of procedures. One section specifies the types of buildings which are exempt from control under the building regulations and these are broken down into classes. How many classes of exempt building and works are there?
Which of the following does not need to be notified to a local authority's building control department, provided that the work is not in a kitchen or special location and does not involve a special installation?
Adding a new ring circuit in a detached house
Adding a new radial circuit in a detached house.
Extending an existing ring circuit in a detached house.
Adding a new lighting circuit in a detached house.
When might an electrical installer be required to check the recommendations given in Approved Document A?
When needing to conceal cable flush within a solid wall.
When needing to check the mounting height for sockets and switches.
When needing to check the fan duty for a specific room.
When needing to ascertain how many smoke detectors will be required.
When would it be necessary to notify building control when adding sockets to an existing circuit?
If the existing circuit is in an en suite bathroom.
If the existing circuit is in a bedroom.
If the work will take longer than two days to complete.
If another tradesman who is not an electrician undertakes the work.
Which of these is exempt from the building regulations under the 7 classes?
A site sales office.
A detached house.
A semi-detached house.
Which part of the building regulations covers structures?
Which of the following does not get classified as building works?
Extending a service.
Building an extension.
Replacing and sealing felt on a flat roof?
Underpinning of foundations.
Building work is defined in regulation 3 of the building regulations and includes?
The erection or extension of a building.
The requirements for the building, design, construction and management for the building regulations are found in?
Approved Document B.
Approved Document A.
Part P applies to buildings or parts of buildings (e.g. dwellings, common access areas in flats etc.,). However, it also applies to external installations. What does Part P not apply to?
Electrical pond pumps.
Integral solar garden lighting.