Product Knowledge Modules

Exclusive to EDA members and affiliates, these 12 Modules offer flexible distance-learning professional training to help your team sell, up-sell and cross-sell.

Professional product training modules give
your business a commercial edge

EDA Product Knowledge Modules are designed to help you lock-in your customer relationships with sparkling product know-how that helps your business stand out from the crowd.

Developed exclusively for EDA members and affiliates by product experts and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, these distance-learning training Modules keep your team up-to-speed with the multitude of hi-tech products on the market, and boosts their confidence and credibility with customers.

Created exclusively for EDA members and affiliates

It’s taken us over two years to develop the Programme. That’s because each Module has been rigorously and carefully planned by a dedicated working group of market-leading wholesalers and manufacturers, with each group led by an expert author. What’s more, the Programme is only available to EDA members and affiliates.

The EDA appointed the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help manage the production of the modules. The programme has achieved City & Guilds accredited programme status:

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Order now: choose from 12 Modules

There are 12 Modules in the programme for you to choose from. You can order any of the 12 Modules now, with four available for immediate study.

It’s up to you which Modules you order, but experience has shown that the Introduction to the Principles of Electricity provides a good grounding for other Modules.

These are the four Modules available immediately, and you’ll find a summary of what’s covered by each Module further down this page:

  1. Introduction to the Principles of Electricity
  2. Lighting (Introduction)
  3. Wiring Devices and Controls
  4. Distribution, Switchgear and Protection

The remaining eight Modules will be launched throughout 2018 and will be sent to you as they become available. You’ll find the full list of all 12 Modules here.

Your Module benefits at a glance

  1. Distance-learning: study can be tailored around business and home commitments, with no ties to college or a computer
  2. Subjects: you choose only the subjects you or your team needs, whether that’s one module or all 12
  3. Order of study: the Modules can be studied in any order, it’s completely up to you but Introduction to the Principles of Electricity offers a good grounding for further study. There is space on the order forms for you to let us know the order of study.
  4. Discounts: the more modules you order the more cost effective it is. You’ll find more information below.
  5. Dispatch: Module textbooks are sent out singly and in order of study
  6. Support: Test Your Knowledge, Jargon Buster, Activities, Go the Extra Mile! These extra activities are included within each Module workbook to help learners succeed.
  7. Transfer window: if a member of your team has started a Module and then leaves your business, that Module can be transferred to another person as long as the End of Module Assessment (EMA) has not been sent. To start the transfer process email the IET here.
  8. 10 weeks: that’s the amount of time for each Module and End of Module Assessment (EMA) to be completed. Typically, allow eight weeks to work through the Module and two weeks to complete the EMA.
  9. Online assessment:  the EMA is open-book, which means the learner can refer to the textbook during the assessment.  The EMA is a fillable PDF and it’s sent out towards the end of the 10 weeks. The EMA does not have to be completed in one sitting and can instead be broken down into bite-sized chunks.
  10. Achievement: those who successfully complete a Module will be awarded  a Pass, Credit or Distinction
  11. Certificates: a City & Guilds Certificate of Achievement is issued to each successful learner.  Plus there’s an additional EDA Certificate for those who complete five Modules and an EDA Diploma for those who complete 10 Modules.

Prices, discounts and enrolment options

You pay:

£150 per module
£145 for 2 – 4 modules
£130 for 5+ modules

The enrolment options are flexible and can be designed around the needs of your business. For example:

  • One learner, one module
  • One learner, multiple modules
  • Multiple learners, one module each
  • Multiple learners, multiple modules

Below you’ll see a summary of what’s covered in each of the four modules available now, but you can see the full list here.

Introduction to the Principles of Electricity

This module covers:

  • Introduction to electricity
  • Direct current and alternating current
  • Electrical safety
  • Ratings and markings of electrical equipment
  • Introduction to low-voltage electrical installations
  • Electricity and the environment
  • Qualifications and accreditations for electrical installation work

At the end of the module, learners will understand:

  • what electricity is, the terms and phrases you’ll come across in this area and the basic principles behind what powers electrical goods;
  • key issues around electrical safety, electrical installations and appliances and how to read the ratings of electrical equipment;
  • the impact of electrical equipment and installations on the environment;
  • qualifications and accreditation of electricians.

Wiring Devices and Controls

This module covers:

  • Introduction to wiring devices and controls
  • Switches
  • Styles, mounting arrangements and backboxes for wall-mounted socket-outlets and switches and associated products
  • Plugs and socket-outlets
  • Fixed wiring to free wiring connection devices
  • Modular wiring accessories
  • Other overhead lighting accessories
  • Ancillaries
  • Smart controls

At the end of this module, learners will understand:

  • wiring devices for fixed wiring installations; the wiring that is connected to the building fabric itself or to items fixed within the building, such as kitchen furniture (for example, cupboards, worktops), fixed wardrobes, etc;
  • wiring devices and appliance couplers for appliance cords, including plugs;
  • related accessories such as adaptors that connect into plugs, including timers and similar power control devices.


This module covers:

  • Fundamentals of Lighting
  • Basics of Lighting Design
  • Safety Considerations of Lighting
  • Maintenance Considerations of Lighting
  • Environmental Considerations of Lighting

At the end of this module, learners will understand:

  • a summary of the applications of lighting;
  • some basic design criteria, including:
    • understanding lumen output of lamp
    • understanding lux levels to compare lighting solutions;
    • the impact and use of colour
  • the types of technology used for lamps and the key components of a lighting system;
  • understanding labelling on lamp packaging;
  • topics specific to lighting, such as: electrical safety, maintenance; environmental considerations.

Distribution, Switchgear and Protection

This module covers:

  • Generation Transmission and Distribution
  • Distributing Electricity within a Property
  • Protection and Control Devices
  • Additional Protection
  • Supply and Metering
  • Specialist Applications

At the end of this module, learners will understand:

  • an overview of the different types of electricity generation and how electricity reaches the end user;
  • how the electricity supply enters homes and commercial premises and earthing arrangements;
  • the different type of billing meters that are used by the supplier;
  • consumer units and distribution boards and the protective devices that fit in these units;
  • the different types of additional protection such as residual current devices (RCDs).