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Course description

Are you an electrician or lighting technician working in broadcasting or film? If so this course is essential for you.

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 certificate has been developed following a request from a safety group comprising of the major broadcasters, BECTU, PACT and freelance electricians.

There have been significant changes in the electrical standards (noteably 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 SCiTES certificate has been developed following a request from a safety group comprising of the major broadcasters, BECTU, PACT, freelance electricians and lighting suppliers, and is currently the only industry recognised accreditation. To date there are no other training courses of this type that have such industry agreement

The course should be considered as continuing professional development for those already working in the industry and is not an electrical qualification in its own right

It is aimed at existing practitioners or those newly qualified by allied routes (such as 17th edition qualifications or electrical NVQ's), and will enable candidates to demonstrate an understanding of what is required to practice safely with temporary electrical systems using the recognised Standards BS 7671 and BS 7909..

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. Many employers (spearheaded by the BBC) are intending to enforce this certificate for those responsible for temporary power systems on their productions.

This course highlights the legal responsibilities of those working with power and uses ordinary scenarios and situation to explain common hazards and how the associated standards can be used to mitigate the risks.

The certificate has already been run around the UK and to date over 600 people have undergone the training. Feedback has been excellent; so far 99% of candidates enjoyed it and would recommend it to their colleagues.

It is a two day course with 11 short assessment papers through the two days. 9:30-17:00 each day


James Eade, Chartered Engineer, has worked on live events around the world and continues to get his hands dirty on location. 

He represents a number of trade associations on British standards committees including BS7909 and BS7671.

For further information on the course see the link below.

It is essential that you read the Pre-application checklist before applying for a place on this course.


BECTU member £144 + VAT

Associate member £250 + VAT

Non-member £300 + VAT

 Cancellation Policy

 We appreciate that when circumstances change you may no longer be able to attend a training course date you have already booked and paid for.

 Whilst we will always try our best to accommodate any alterations to your plans, BECTU has a standard cancellation policy which is as follows:


  • if you notify us (phone/email) 3 full days or longer before the scheduled course date you will not be charged and will be refunded in full any course fees you have paid.
  • for any cancellation you make that is less than 3 full days before the course date, you will be charged 50% of the total course fee with 50% refunded. This is unless you can demonstrate to us extenuating circumstances.
  • if you do not attend the course and/or fail to notify us in advance you will be charged the full course fee.
  • we are unable to reimburse any non-transferable travel or accommodation expenses that may arise from a course being re-scheduled or cancelled.

 BECTU reserves the right to cancel courses without liability. However, where possible, delegates will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.


To book click on the link:

4 & 5 December, Sector Office, London

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2 days 9.30am - 5.00pm. Various dates throughout 2017 - see above.


Creative Skillset Certificate in Temporary Electrical Installations.