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Qualifications Required To Become An Electrician

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So, you want to become an electrician, but you’re not sure where to start.

Can you start an electrician training course as a complete beginner? Do you need to have some level of experience first? Do you know what qualifications you need? There are probably plenty of questions swimming around your head.

Here at Options Skills, we want to make the whole process as simple as possible for our students. That’s why we have tried to answer all of the questions you may have about the qualifications required to become an electrician.

Enrolling Onto A Course

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol on our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course. For example, we don’t require students to have worked as an electrician’s mate before training for their own qualifications.

To sign up for our electrical course, you just need to chat with one of our Options Skills advisors, discuss your options and arrange a payment plan.

If, however, you have worked in the trade before, we will consider that. It may be possible that you won’t need to participate in certain aspects of the training course.

Pre-Training Exam

Before you begin your training course, we ask that students sit a small exam.

This exam allows us to understand where you are in terms of your level of maths and English. To undertake the NVQ Level 3 electrical course, a basic level of both is required. This way, we can ensure you have the greatest chance to gain your qualifications.

The Course

Students will gain their ECS Electrical Trainee card during the first stage of training to become an electrician.

The ECS card allows students to work as paid trainees. This is an essential part of the training course as during step two, students must complete their portfolio of work. 

Trainees will also gain their DEI and 18th Edition Wiring Regulations during the first four weeks of training.

Final Qualifications

After completing the portfolio, students move on to step three, including the AM2 (Achievement Measurement Test).

Upon passing the AM2, students can apply for their ECS gold card – the final step required to become an electrician.

Obtaining a gold card provides you with installation electrician status, allowing you to work legally as an electrician.


If you’re looking to become an electrician but want more information, visit our NVQ course page, or call one of the Options Skills advisors 0800 802 1306.

All data correct at time of publication.