When you’re looking into training courses, it’s important to find the perfect one for you. Researching the different options available to you is key. However, with so much information out there, some of it contradicting, some of it out of date, it can be difficult to understand what it is exactly that you’re looking for.
What qualifications do you need? Which training provider should you go with? How much should the training cost? Trying to find the answers to all these questions can be mind-boggling, leaving you more confused and unsure than when you started. That’s why we’ve tried to make it easy for you.
If you’re not sure what qualifications you need to begin your desired career, take a look at our ACS Gas, DEI Electrical and NVQ Electrical course pages for more information. The prices of each course are also available there.
If you’re wondering which training provider to go with, we will, of course, recommend ourselves.
These three companies are just some of the certification bodies there are in the UK and there is often a lot of confusion over whether you need to have a qualification from a particular body or not. The simple answer is no. While some certification bodies are more well known than others, that doesn’t mean you need to gain your qualifications through them. The most important thing is that you find the right training course for you.
City & Guilds offer Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings (2397). EAL have Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings. Logic Certification offers a Domestic Electric Installer certificate. All of these different training courses have a different setup and course breakdown. The similarity is that they all result in the qualification required to undertake electrical work in domestic properties.
City & Guilds
City & Guilds are a vocational assessment and accreditation provider, with qualifications suitable for colleges, training providers and employers. Covering 28 different industries, City & Guilds have thousands of qualifications and are recognised worldwide. City & Guilds is particularly established, with the City and Guilds of London Institute being founded in 1878. The aim was to ensure a good standard of technical education.
EAL is a “specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for the industry”. Working with recognised training centres, EAL ensures a high standard of training and qualifications. EAL work closely with their centres and provide a dedicated EAL External Quality Assurer for support. The Engineering Industry Training Board was founded in 1964 and EAL was first introduced in 1992.
Logic Certification is a certification body with a network of over 200 approved centres throughout the United Kingdom. They issue certificates in the areas of gas, plumbing and electrics. Set up in 2004, Logic Certification originally only delivered certification of competence for the ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme). The ACS is the qualification gas fitters must obtain before they can register with the Gas Safe Register. Since then, Logic has grown in size and responded to industry and centre requirements. They now offer awards in a variety of areas of the building services engineering (BSE).
Which one is better?
Essentially, City & Guilds, EAL and Logic Certification are all certification bodies, ensuring students are completing accredited training courses and gaining legitimate qualifications. Though the course titles and setup may differ depending on which certification body your training centre follow, the end result should be the same.
Regardless of which accreditation body your training provider is registered with, to become a gas engineer, you will need to undertake a course that enables you to gain your ACS qualification. You can then apply for Gas Safe registration. If you want to work on the electrical system in domestic dwellings, you will require a Domestic Electrical Installer Award. To seek employment as an installation electrician, you will require an NVQ Level 3 in electrical training. The training course should lead you to register onto a competent persons scheme and apply for your ECS Gold Card.