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 exactly qualification it is that you’re actually aiming for? There are probably plenty of questions swimming around your head.
Here at Options Skills, we want to make the whole process as simple as we possibly can 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 onto our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course. 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 to need to have a chat with one of our Options Skills advisors, discuss your options and arrange a payment plan. If however, you have worked in the trade in one way or another, we will take that into consideration. It may be possible that there are certain aspects of the training course you won’t need to take part in.
Before you begin your training course, we do ask that students sit a small exam. This exam simply 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 are able to ensure you have the greatest chance possible in gaining your qualifications.
During the first stage of training to become an electrician, students will gain their ECS Electrical Trainee card. This allows them to go out and 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.
After completing the portfolio, students move onto step three which includes the AM2 (Achievement Measurement Test).
Upon passing the AM2, students can apply to JIB/ECS for their gold card – the final of the qualifications required to become an electrician.
Obtaining a gold card provides you with the status of installation electrician. This allows you to go and work legally as an electrician.