BECOME A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN | NVQ LEVEL 3

Staff with decades of industry experience deliver a three-step NVQ Electrical Training Course combining practical skills and theory knowledge, giving you the chance to become a qualified electrician. Options Skills provide you with the best platform from which to gain the qualifications, skills and knowledge you need, as well as the opportunity to earn while you train.

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Duration: 8 weeks

NVQ Electrical training is delivered in small groups at an Options Skills, fully equipped training centre. It will take 40 days on either a full or part-time basis. The NVQ Level 3 course will combine practical training and essential theory and assessments will take place throughout.

You will be required to pass an assessment and demonstrate understanding, skills and competence. This takes place through a series of Knowledge Units, i.e. exams that take place at the training centre and Performance Units that are undertaken in the workplace during Stage 2.

The course incorporates the new 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and DEI Qualifications - sometimes referred to as Part P. These qualifications allow you to register as a Competent Person when setting up your own business working on domestic electrical installations.

You will be registered with JIB/ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) as an Electrical Trainee. Receiving a JIB/ECS Card, you'll be able to seek employment as a trainee and earn while training for your NVQ.
Duration: 1 - 3 years

Your JIB/ECS Card is your passport to work in the industry whether you seek employment with an employer or agency, allowing you to collect evidence towards your NVQ Performance Units. (Performance units must be completed while in the workplace. This is a combination of practical work, evidence building for your portfolio and direct observation from an NVQ assessor).

Whilst working in the industry and building your portfolio, you will continue working on your knowledge and performance units, completing them in your own time.

You will have access to an online Virtual Learning Environment, and your tutor and the electrical training team to help you to complete these tasks. Regular ‘drop-in’ sessions, email and Skype support are also available.

The amount of time taken to complete stage two isn't set by Options Skills but is entirely down to the student.
Duration: 3 days

Following completion of your NVQ, Options Skills will refer you to undertake your AM2 (Achievement Measurement Test).

This is an independent assessment of your skills and knowledge which all trainees must undertake before they can gain Installation Electrician Status (Gold Card) with JIB/ECS.

The assessment is undertaken by an independent AM2 Centre.

Once all three steps of your training and assessment process are complete, you will be in able to apply to JIB/ECS for your 'Gold Card'. You will be awarded the status of ‘Installation Electrician’.

‘Gold Cards’ are renewable every 3 years.
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NVQ Electrical Training Course Syllabus

Am/Pm Week 1 – Training and Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Monday
Introduction to the Electrical Course. Understand Health & Safety and Environmental Considerations and how they apply to the Electrical Industry. Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Introduction to different cable types and how to strip and terminates cables. Termination of twin & earth cable into different types of junction boxes.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Tuesday 
Health & Safety continued, PPE used in the electrical industry. First aid and emergency procedures. Introduction to Science & Principles and electrical theory. Generation and transmission of Electricity.
Installation of different types of electrical circuits including 1-way radial lighting circuits and ring final circuits for socket outlets.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Wednesday
Health & Safety continued, RIDDOR, Manual Handling and Asbestos. Continuation of Science & Principles and electrical theory including ohms law and power triangles.
Installation of different types of electrical circuits including 2-way & intermediate radial lighting circuits and ring final circuits for socket outlets. Radial power circuits and spurs.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Thursday
Health & Safety continued, Electric shock and Safe Isolation. Reporting accidents and Fire Evacuations. Risk Assessments. Understanding of Consumer unit types and installation.
Installation of consumer units including circuit breakers, busbars and cables.  
Am Classroom   Assessment    
Pm Assessment  
Friday
Understand the requirements for identifying and dealing with hazards in the work environment.
EAL Health & Safety on-line examination - 25 Question MC Exam closed book.
EAL Health & Safety practical assessments; Ladders, Scaffold, Safe Isolation, Equipment defects
Am/Pm Week 2 - Training and Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Monday
Understand the requirements for liaising with others when organising and overseeing work activities. Communication with others for: motivation, co-operation and teamwork. Instruction and monitoring. Procedures for re-scheduling work to co-ordinate with changing conditions in the workplace and to coincide with other trades.
Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Tuesday
Understand the requirements for organising the provision and storage of resources that are required for work activities. Interpret the installation specification and work programme to identify resource requirements. Interpret the material schedule to confirm that materials available are: the right type, in the correct quantity, fit for purpose, suitable for work to be completed cost efficiently.
Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Wednesday
Understand how to prepare for the installation of wiring systems. Relevant sources of information such as: Statutory documents, Codes of Practice and British Standards, site drawings, installation specifications, wiring diagrams; fitting and fixing dimensions/drawings; technical data and manufacturer’s instructions.
Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Thursday
Understand the applications of wiring systems. Explain the constructional features, applications, advantages and limitations of electrical cables. Explain the characteristics of containment, support and wiring systems used in electrical installations. Determine the size of conduit and trunking as appropriate to the size and number of cables.
Understand Inspection & Testing of Single Phase Electrical Installation. Apply Inspection & Testing of Single Phase Electrical Installation.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Friday
Understand the practices and procedures for carrying out electrical work. State the procedures for selecting and safely using equipment for measuring and marking out for wiring systems, equipment and enclosures. State the criteria for selecting and safely using tools and equipment for fixing and installing wiring systems, associated equipment and enclosures.
Understand Inspection & Testing of Single Phase Electrical Installation. Apply Inspection & Testing of Single Phase Electrical Installation.
Am/Pm Week 3 - Training and Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Monday
Understand protection against overcurrent. Identify types of and reasons for overcurrent - short circuits, earth faults and overloads. Explain the operating principles, applications and limitations of protective devices. Circuit Breakers, Fuses and RCD/RCBO’s. Identify fault current capacities of devices. Outline the need for discrimination between protective devices.
Introduction to conduit systems including cutting, threading and forming of various sets and bends.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop  
Tuesday
Understand electrical systems and circuits. Describe the characteristics of standard electrical circuits. Outline the key characteristics of electrical systems and circuits and the applications of these circuits and systems.
Continuation of conduit systems including cutting, threading and forming of various sets and bends.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Wednesday
Understand mathematical principles which are appropriate to electrical installation, maintenance and design work. Fractions and percentages Algebra Statistics Transposition Triangles and trigonometry Indices.
Introduction to Trunking Systems, including marking out, cutting and manufacturing of bends and sets.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Thursday
Understand standard units of measurement used in electrical installation, maintenance and design work. Identify and use internationally recognised base and derived (SI) units of measurement. Identify and determine values of base and derived SI units which apply specifically to electrical quantities.
Continuation of Trunking Systems, including marking out, cutting and manufacturing of bends and sets.
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment
Friday
Revision session for 45 Question MC Exam (closed book). NETK3/03 - Understand How to Plan and Oversee Electrical Work Activities. NETK3/04 - Understand Design and Installation Practices and Procedures.
EAL on-line examination - 45 Question MC Exam (closed book). NETK3/03 - Understand How to Plan and Oversee Electrical Work Activities (LO – 1,3). NETK3/04 - Understand Design and Installation Practices and Procedures (LO -1,2,3,6,7)  
Am/Pm Week 4 – DEI Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment  
Monday
DEI Presentation – Part 1. 1. Legislation & Standards. 2. Definitions. 3. Design Specification
DEI Written Paper 1 – Open book, 32 MC Questions.
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment  
Tuesday
DEI Presentation – Part 2. 4. Special locations
DEI Written Paper 2 – Open book, 32 MC Questions.
Am Assessment
Pm Assessment    
Wednesday
DEI Practical Assessments. Inspection & Testing, Fault Finding. Identification of electrical components and protective devices.
DEI Assignment Tasks in Logic Workbooks. Earthing Arrangements. Cable calculations and voltage drop.
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment    
Thursday
DEI Presentation – Parts 3 & 4. 5. Mains Position. 6. Earthing & Bonding. 7. Inspection & Testing. 8. Lighting
DEI Written Paper 3 – Open book, 25 MC Questions. DEI Written Paper 4 – Open book, 32 MC Questions.
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment
Friday
DEI Assignment Tasks in Logic Workbooks. SWA demonstration, practical and write up. Loft conversion electrical installation scenario.
DEI paperwork and resits.
Am/Pm Week 5 – 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom
Monday
Introduction to BS7671: 2018. Structure and Parts of the Wiring Regulations. Understanding of Parts 1, 2 & 3. End of module questions.
Understanding of Part 4. End of module questions.
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom  
Tuesday
Understanding of Parts 5 & 6. End of module questions.
Understanding of Part 7. End of module questions.
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom  
Wednesday
Understanding of Appendices. End of module questions. Mock Exam 1 with review.
Mock Exam 2 with review.  
Am Assessment
Pm Assessment    
Thursday
18th Edition Assessment Paper (30 MC questions – open book). Attempt number 1.
18th Edition Assessment Paper (30 MC questions – open book). Attempt number 2.
Am Assessment
Pm Assessment
Friday
18th Edition Assessment Paper resits.
18th Edition Assessment Paper resits.      
Am/Pm Week 6 – Training and Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop
Monday
Understand the regulatory requirements and procedures for terminating and connecting conductors and cables in electrical wiring systems and equipment.
Introduction to MICC cable, how to terminate and install. Installation in workshop bay.  
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop  
Tuesday
Understand the procedures and applications of different methods of terminating, connecting and supporting conductors and cables in electrical wiring systems and equipment.
Introduction to Earthing & Bonding. Installation in workshop bay.
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment    
Wednesday
Understand the procedures and applications of different methods of terminating, connecting and supporting conductors and cables in electrical wiring systems and equipment (continued).
Theory exam – 20 question MC closed book.      
Am Classroom
  Pm Workshop    
Thursday
Understand mathematical principles which are appropriate to electrical installation, maintenance and design work.
Introduction to Mini trunking & Data cable. Installation in workshop bay.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Friday
Understand standard units of measurement used in electrical installation, maintenance and design work.
SWA cable installation.  
Am/Pm Week 7 - Training and Assessment
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Monday
Understand basic mechanics and the relationship between force, work, energy and power.
Cable Tray fabrication: flat 90° bend. Tray reduction.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Tuesday
Understand the relationship between resistance, resistivity, voltage, current and power.
Braided cable installation.
Am Classroom
Pm Workshop    
Wednesday
Understand the relationship between resistance, resistivity, voltage, current and power.
FP200 Termination and installation.
Am Assessment
Pm Assessment    
Thursday
Practical Assessment for NETK3/05 – Terminations and connections of conductors.
Including; MICC, Mini trunking & Data cable, Earthing & Protective conductor, Composite Installation
Am Assessment
Pm Assessment
Friday
Practical Assessment for NETK3/05 – Terminations and connections of conductors.
Including; MICC, Mini trunking & Data cable, Earthing & Protective conductor, Composite Installation  
Am/Pm Week 8 - Training and Assessment/Resits
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom    
Monday
Understand the fundamental principles which underpin the relationship between magnetism and electricity.
Understand the fundamental principles which underpin the relationship between magnetism and electricity.  
Am Classroom
Pm Assessment  
Tuesday
Understand the types, applications and limitations of electronic components in electrical systems and equipment.    
40 Question MC Exam Closed book (LO 1-6)
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom    
Wednesday
Introduction to Unit NETK3/04 Design & Installation Practices and Procedures (Project)
Understand the characteristics and applications of supply systems and consumer’s equipment. Understand earthing and protection. Understand the electrical design procedure. Understand the requirements for organising and overseeing work programmes.
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom
Thursday
Introduction to on-site performance units and OneFile: Types of evidence to match criteria, Uploading evidence, On-site assessments
Tutorials and resits.
Am Classroom
Pm Classroom
Friday
Tutorials and resits. Talk on Employers and mentors.
Tutorials and resits.

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Applying for an installment plan is similar to applying for a new credit card. The details you provide are checked against public registers, such as credit-rating agencies. To increase the chances of acceptance, ideally, you will have a good credit history – (no late payments, CCJ’s, etc) – and meet the following minimum criteria:

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The industry is characterised by poor service and unreliability. Consumers are wary of who they appoint and often find it difficult to find trustworthy tradespeople. When they do, they use them again and again and recommend them to other people.

The size and maturity of the sector combined with the failure of the general competition to meet customer expectations represent a real opportunity to profit from a professional and customer-focused local service.

A shortage of skilled workers and an increase in new housing being built means that electricians are in high demand. Those currently in the trade are earning far beyond the average UK salary, averaging around £30,784 (source: Office of National Statistics)

For more information, read How Much Can I Earn As An Electrician?
Options Skills offer a great service, providing you with the best opportunity to start your new career as a qualified installation electrician - and we will continue to offer ongoing support even after you’ve qualified.Throughout the course, you'll have a dedicated student liaison manager ensuring everything is going smoothly, from your centre-led training to the on-site work experience.

By registering you with the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme as a trainee during step one, Options Skills provide you with the opportunity to earn while you're working towards your Gold Card.

During the time in which you’re working on-site to gain experience, Options Skills will be available for help and assistance, with drop in sessions and Skype and email support also available.

When you’re ready, having done sufficient work experience, Options Skills will put you forward for your AM2 assessment. Passing this allows you to apply for your gold card – and it with this that you can be awarded the title of installation electrician.

After completing the course and gaining your NVQ, Options Skill will offer you your own website on Nice And Local to enable you to market yourself and your skills online.
Knowledge units make up stage one of the NVQ Level 3 course. They involve learning essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills, covering health & safety, installation and wiring and connecting conductors, etc.

The first part of your knowledge units will be undertaken in one of the Options Skills training centres in either Birmingham, London or Manchester. The rest of the knowledge units will be undertaken in your own time during step two of the course.
Performance units take place on-site, where you will be working as a supervised, paid trainee.

For these units, you will need to collect evidence of yourself performing a range of electrical work, creating a portfolio. You will need to take photographs and produce write-ups about the work you have done.

An NVQ assessor will visit you on-site a minimum of twice during this time to check your progress and perform assessments.
We know that those looking to do gain their NVQ Level 3 will range from complete beginners to those with experience in the electrical industry. Because of this, we can offer various options depending on your experience level.

Whether you have no experience in the trades industry, have already obtained tech certificates or have previously worked on-site as a labourer, we can help you gain your NVQ Level 3.