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How Long Does It Take To Become A Qualified Electrician?

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Do you think about a new career? Whether you’re soon to be leaving school or stuck in a job you don’t love, entering the trades is a significant step to take.

With a huge demand for skilled workers, it’s not only a rewarding job but a profitable one as well.

However, you may be unsure of the best way to get there, wondering ‘how long does it take to become a qualified electrician?’

What Are Your Options?

To legally work as an electrician, you need to complete a level 3 electrical or electro-technical qualification – or the equivalent. While an apprenticeship is a route you can take, there are other options. Apprenticeships take around three years to complete, combining college and work experience; however, Options Skills can offer you a different route.

NVQ Level 3

Here at Options Skills, we can offer our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course to people all around the country. Made up of three easy-to-follow steps, it won’t be long before you’re a qualified electrician.

  1. Centre Led Training: 8 weeks
  2. Portfolio Building: 1 – 3 years*
  3. AM2/Gold Card: 3 days

* In step two, you are required to work on-site. Should you need assistance in finding work, our career development team can help you find employment.

**Step two varies in duration simply because it is down to the student how long it takes. When undertaking your on-site work experience during step two, the time depends on how hard you work and how soon you can complete your portfolio.

How Long Does It Take To Become A Qualified Electrician?

Motivation and hard work are essential when training to become a qualified electrician. Regardless of how long it may take you to get qualified, it’s crucial to remain committed.

If you can focus solely on training and complete your course full-time, you could be qualified within 12-18 months.

If you’re planning to train around existing commitments, whether that’s another job or family responsibility, it may take a bit longer.

For more information, visit our Electrical Training Course page, or call one of our advisors today at 0800 802 1306.

All data correct at time of publication.