National Grid Electricity Contractors


COVID-19 Guidance Update – 07/05/2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, senior management at National Grid have made a number of decisions regarding contractor training and authorisations.

All Contractor authorisation training at Eakring and the off-site training pods was suspended for an initial period of three months, starting on Monday 23 March 2020.  This has now been extended for a further 3 months until 1 September 2020.

The following changes are being implemented for Contractor Person, Competent Person and Authorised Person authorisations:

  • For individuals with an in date Person authorisation and an in date BESC AME registration, the Person Renewal e-learning course will remain the standard process to follow.
  • Any first time Person and Competent Person training at Eakring has been suspended until further notice.
  • For those who require a Competent Person or Authorised Person renewal training at Eakring or a Coaching Pod, your current authorisations expiring before 1 September 2020 will be extended, see further details below.  The expectation is that renewal training will be undertaken as soon as possible once business as usual is resumed.

If your current Competent Person or Authorised Person authorisation expiry date was between 20 March 2020 and 1 June 2020, your authorisation will now be extended by six months from the date of expiry.  For example, if your current authorisation expires on 20 March 2020, it will be extended 19 September 2020.

If your current Competent Person or Authorised Person authorisation expiry date was between 1 June 2020 and 1 September 2020, your authorisation will be extended by three months from the date of expiry.  For example, if your current authorisation expires on 10 June 2020, it will be extended 9 September 2020.

National Grid will continue to monitor the situation throughout this period.

Please check this website for further updates.


About the Scheme

This scheme operates to satisfy the requirements of National Safety Instruction (NSI) 30 “Appointment of Persons”. This procedure describes the process for the appointment of individuals of non-company personnel under the National Grid Safety Rules. The training for non-company personnel is administered by National Grid’s Learning & Development Department based in Eakring, Nottinghamshire.

The appointments for this scheme are at the following authorisation levels:

  • Person (Substation)
  • Person (Overhead Lines)
  • Competent Person (Substation)
  • Competent Person (Overhead Lines)
  • Authorised Person

Please refer to NSI 30 for the definitions and responsibilities. Further information is available through these Guidance Notes.


Person (Substation) and Person (Overhead Lines) course bookings

From 10 December 2019, Energy & Utility Skills manages the bookings for the National Grid Person (Substation) and National Grid Person (Overhead Lines) courses on National Grid’s behalf, for courses delivered from 20 January 2020.

These day long courses consist of both e-learning and assessment and practical assessment. An individual must pass both knowledge and practical parts of their course in order to receive the Person authorisation and be registered on EUSR against the National Grid Electricity Contractors Scheme.

A cover note will be issued to those who successfully pass assessments to allow time for the processing of registrations.

All individuals are required to present valid photographic ID at all training sessions and assessments to confirm their identity. Acceptable forms of ID include passport and driving licence.  Please refer to joining instructions for full details.

Course bookings and further information for Person (Substation) and Person (Overhead Lines) can be found here.

BOOK PERSON (SUBSTATION) AND PERSON (OVERHEAD LINES)


Competent Person (Substation) and Competent Person (Overhead Lines) and Authorised Person course bookings

Competent and Authorised Person authorisations are registered on EUSR against the National Grid Electricity Contractors Scheme. A cover note will be issued to those who successfully pass assessments to allow time for the processing of registrations.

If you have any individuals who are not due a renewal of their authorisation and will be working in close proximity to high voltage equipment, there will be an option for them to complete a stand-alone Impressed Voltage awareness e-learning package at a cost of £80 + VAT. This can be booked via the external training booking procedure using Booking Form D.

Further information can be also obtained referring to the Safety Bulletin (Safety Bulletin SB 409).

Anyone taking training and assessment to become a Competent Person for the first time is required to bring evidence of their 9 days of work experience by completing the form contained in Appendix D of NSI30. You will find a copy of this form and updated NSI30 Training Guidance document on the Documents Page of this site.

Additionally anyone taking training and assessment for Safety Rule Romp, NSI 2 – Earthing High Voltage Equipment, NSI 4 – Work on or Near High Voltage Overhead Lines or NSI 9 – Testing High Voltage Equipment, will need to bring evidence of the course pre-requisites by completing the NSI Authorisation Evidence Form for Contractors, available on the Documents Page.

All individuals are required to present valid photographic ID at all training sessions and assessments to confirm their identity. Acceptable forms of ID include passport and driving licence.  Please refer to joining instructions for full details.

From 1st November 2019, all additional modules added to an Electrical Competent Person booking (e.g. NSI 2, ROMP), including refreshers, will be chargeable. You will be charged the full cost of the module in addition to the cost of the Competent Person training.


Find Out More

For any queries regarding Person training and assessment, please contact the EUSR Support team by e-mail: ngbookings@euskills.co.uk or by phone: 0121 713 8272.

For any queries regarding Competent Person and Authorised Person training and assessments, please contact the National Grid External Training team by email: natgrid.externaltraining@nationalgrid.com or phone: 01623 872602.