Programme in the application of BS7909 to temporary power systems (3 days) – developed by James Eade

Are you an experienced electrician or technician working with temporary power or working in theatre, events, broadcasting, film? If so, this course is essential for you.


The course was written and developed by the UK expert on temporary power, James Eade.

The course was updated in September 2022 and is fully up to date with the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018+A2:2022), IET guidance on the use of generators written by James Eade for the IET. CoP In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, 5th Edition also written by James Eade. It also incorporates new industry guidance from PLASA and the ABTT’s Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment.

Who should attend and requirements?

Anyone working with temporary power with experience in that field. If you are considering attending this course, please read the following carefully and judge if this is the correct course for you. You will be expected to already understand electrical fundamentals as this is not taught.

  • You must have relevant experience in the electrical field
  • Experience in the events industry and working with temporary power is desirable but not essential.
  • You will need to be comfortable and understand basic electrical theory such as using Ohms Law and working out power loading.
  • It does NOT teach basic electrical theory.

What will I learn?

The requirements and practical application of legislation, relevant standards (such as BS 7909 and BS 7671), IET guidance as well as related industry guidance from the ABTT and PLASA.

The role earth plays in electrical safety, common earthing arrangements, protective bonding requirements and generator earthing.

The application of different electrical protection methods, including the selection of appropriate devices and their correct use.

Testing and inspection of equipment and temporary systems, including the reporting requirements of BS 7909. This also includes a practical element using test equipment supplied by the trainer.

Managing temporary electrical systems in accordance with BS7909 including practical steps to assessing electrical risks, especially in special locations where there is a greater risk of shock or mechanical damage.

Generator operation and housekeeping, supply arrangements in mobile and transportable units as well as inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

The course consists of written theory assessments as well as a practical one and is taught in a modular format with an open-book assessment at the end of each module. The assessments consist of a mix of short written questions/answers and multiple-choice questions. There is also an individual practical assessment, closed book, where candidates will demonstrate to the assessor their skills of observation of electrical inspection and also demonstrate testing of electrical systems using equipment supplied by the tutor.

Course delivery

Courses are delivered by James or his colleagues who all have extensive experience of working in the industry. This means that candidates can be confident that the tutors will be able to understand their working environment and will be able to answer their questions.

This is a pass or fail course which all modules must be passed to achieve the award. Re-takes are offered twice a year for a discounted fee. This is depending on your overall score and practical demonstration.

The full policy is available at


Successful candidates receive a digital badge, included in the cost of the course as part of the registration fee. There is a 6 week turnaround in results which will be communicated to students first. More information about the digital credentials can be found on


100 Rochester Row, Victoria SW1P 1JP .


No formal qualification.


9.00-5.30 each day

2024 dates

Monday 10, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June – Prospect, 100 Rochester Row, Victoria SW1P 1JP

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Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July – Prospect, 100 Rochester Row, Victoria SW1P 1JP

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Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October  – Prospect, 100 Rochester Row, Victoria SW1P 1JP

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Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November  – Prospect, 100 Rochester Row, Victoria SW1P 1JP