How to Become an Electrician
The demand of electricians is driven by renewed activity in the house building market, increasing regulations for installers and landlords plus the fact that electricians and domestic installers must now be qualified and members of a recognised ‘competent persons scheme’ if they carry out electrical installations in a domestic property.
Knowing how to become an electrician can be quite a daunting question for would be electricians. There are a number of different qualifications and knowing which route to follow can seem complicated for the uninitiated. Here we will explain requirements for new entrants into the industry.
Domestic Electrical Installers Course and Qualifications
A domestic electrical installers course is ideal for people who want to know how to become an electrician that wish to be self-employed or may already be in the building and construction industry. The course will provide you with practical skills and knowledge as well 17th Edition Wiring Regulations and Domestic Electrical Installer qualifications. This course, together with the qualifications will allow you to apply for membership of a recognised Competent Persons Scheme. Membership of a Competent Persons Scheme will allow you to notify or ‘sign off’ your own installations via your scheme provider. Domestic Installers courses last 20 days and can be completed on a full time or part time basis. Training can be delivered at a number of locations across the country. Please call us today for more information.
Testing and Inspection Qualifications
Testing and Inspection qualifications are advanced electrical awards. They are suitable for existing electricians that hold at least a 17th Edition qualification. New entrants can aim for these qualifications but we recommend that some experience is gained first.
So what is a Testing & Inspection Award?
There are actually two testing and inspection qualifications. Depending upon the certification body they may have different titles but they are essentially the same award.
Periodic Inspection & Testing
This is a supervisory qualification at Level 3. It allows the holder of the qualification to undertake periodic electrical inspections, for instance on behalf of a landlord or mortgage company.
Initial Inspection & Testing
This is also a supervisory qualification at Level 3. It will allow you to test and inspect and report on brand new installations where the physical installation may have been carried out by a third party.
Training for each award usually last 5-days and is available at a number of UK locations. Please contact us for more details to begin learning how to become an electrician.
If you are seeking employment with your electrical qualifications we would recommend that you aim for an electrical NVQ as some employers will want to see this as will certain Competent Person Scheme providers. NVQ training will take place over a longer a period of time and must include an on-site portfolio of evidence. NVQ training can take place at a number of locations across the country. Please contact us for more details.