The IET Wiring Regulations has recently removed the term “competent” person from the definitions within the standard. The term now used is “skilled” person, which specifies the need for adequate education, training and practical skills appropriate to the nature of the work being undertaken. Immediate thoughts go towards how a new entrant into the industry gains the level of skills needed to work in an electrical role. Perhaps, more importantly, we should be looking at how an existing skilled person maintains the level of skills needed to remain safe in the workplace.
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