ELECTRICIAN QUALIFICATIONS EXPLAINED
Trying to understand the range of electrician qualifications and awards available can be quite daunting. To make matters worse, there are old websites in the public domain that have not been updated for many years contain out-of-date information.
Options Skills have put together an easy to follow guide that will help you make sense of it all. If you are looking to re-train as an electrician, the following guide will help you to understand the stages to follow in order to gain the electrician qualifications that you need.
The Gold Card acts as a kind of passport for employment opportunities. Employers, agencies, contract and site managers view this card as evidence of your qualifications and abilities. This is the proof you require to demonstrate that you are a Fully Qualified Electrician. JIB/ECS maintains extremely high standards. Anyone applying for a JIB/ECS Gold Card as an Installation Electrician for the first time will be expected to hold the following electrician qualifications:
• An Electrotechnical NVQ at Level 3 or Mature Candidate Assessment Qualification
• 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
• AM2 – Achievement Measure Test
This requirement is the same regardless of when you joined the industry. New entrants must follow a full and robust training programme such as the Options Skills three-step programme. This incorporates centre led training, on-site work experience, portfolio building and assessment, followed by AM2 – an independent assessment of skills and knowledge.
Sometimes trainees may have previously part-completed an Electrotechnical Course. On this occasion, training time can be reduced if evidence of existing qualifications can be provided. In all instances, an Individual Learning Plan will be agreed on to allow the trainee to gain the full NVQ. This will involve evidence and portfolio building and direct observation.
Experienced operatives that hold older Electrotechnical Technical Certificates may be suitable for a Mature Candidate Assessment Course. This course reduces training time and focuses on evidence building for a portfolio and direct observation.
Gaining your JIB/ECS Gold Card comes at the very end of your journey to becoming a fully qualified electrician. Nobody can jump from novice to Gold Card holder overnight. To build the evidence needed to gain your qualifications, you must start your journey as an Electrical Trainee. Enrolling onto a recognised Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 Training Course entitles you to hold an JIB/ECS Electrical Trainee card. As with the Gold Card, this will allow you to seek employment and contracts within the industry.
Up to 31st December 2020 Regulated qualifications and UKAS Accredited certificates of competence issued in the UK were widely recognised by other EU member states. However since the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, individual member states that previously recognised a UK qualification may now no longer do so. Learners undertaking qualifications on the basis that it is recognised by an EU member state should in the first instance make enquiries with the relevant bodies in that Country to confirm its recognition status.