If you wish to train to be an electrician and have an electrician career, it could allow you to benefit from great opportunities coming up across the UK. Construction Skills estimate that there will be a need for an extra 14,000 qualified electricians over the next two years – so training to be an electrician is a great career option and an electricians’ salary expectations are good.
What does training to be an electrician involve?
To qualify as an electrician, you must hold an Electrotechnical Services NVQ/SVQ at Level 3. The route to achieving the NVQ/SVQ will differ depending on where you train in the UK:
- The NVQ contains several options, depending on your role but for installation work, you take the one for Electrical Installation (Building & Structures). This option includes the C&G (2330) technical certificates. Employers may ask you to train for two additional awards when you train to be an electrician:
- City & Guilds 2391 Inspection, Testing and Certification of Installations
- City & Guilds 16th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (2381)Other electrician training courses include the City & Guilds In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (2377), often known as portable appliance testing (PAT).
Becoming a certified electrician (Part P)
Part P of the Building Regulations states that certain types of household electrical work must be approved by a certified contractor or building inspector. As an electrician you can certify your own work by completing a short Part P training course and registering with a competent person scheme.
Overseas qualified electricians
If you are a qualified electrician from outside the UK and are thinking of becoming an electrician in the UK, you need to register on the Electrotechnical Card Scheme (ECS). You will need to do three things to register:
- contact UK NARIC to find equivalent qualifications in the UK
- complete the City & Guilds 16th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (2381)
- complete the ECS Health and Safety Assessment
Electrician useful information
- SummitSkills – skills council for building services engineering
- England Apprenticeships – find England apprenticeships
- Education and learning Wales – Welsh assembly training information
- Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust – apprenticeships training
- Electrical Training Trust (Northern Ireland) – electrical training
Good luck in your electrician career and if you wish to train to be an electrician then hopefully the above advice will get you well on your way!