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Knowing how to become an electrician can be quite a daunting question for would-be electricians. You can gain several different qualifications, and knowing which route to follow can seem complicated for the uninitiated. Here at Options Skills, we’ve made it simple.

We want to make your training experience go as smoothly as possible, which is why we have developed our courses to be easy to follow. Even before you join us, we have experienced advisors who are happy to explain our courses in detail to make sure you make the right decision.

Now is a great time to join the electrical industry as there is a great demand for skilled workers. The demand for electricians is driven by renewed activity in the house building market, increasing regulations for installers and landlords, plus the fact that electricians and domestic installers must now be qualified and members of a recognised ‘competent persons scheme’ if they carry out electrical installations in a domestic property.

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Become An Electrician

Once you’ve decided to train to become an electrician, you must choose the right training course. To do so, the best thing to do is research online, ask those already in the industry and talk to advisors, like those at Options Skills. Upon explaining the path you wish to take, they can advise you on the best course for you and what to expect from it. You’ll need to consider how you will fit the course in around any commitments you have, as well as how you will afford and pay the course cost. Again, these are things advisors can help you with.


The Domestic Installer Training is designed for those completing electrical installations in a single phase, domestic dwellings only. The four-week course is accredited by LCL and includes the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

With effect from 1st September 2021, 18th Edition and DEI qualifications in isolation will no longer be accepted as proof of competence by many scheme providers. Persons wishing to join a CPS should make contact with the scheme provider for exact entry requirements, but they are expected to NVQ Level 3 or a minimum of 2 years of experience and working towards an NVQ Level 3 qualification.

NVQ Level 3

We recommend you complete the NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course if you seek employment with your electrical qualifications. Many employers and certain competent person scheme providers prefer to see an NVQ over other qualifications. Completing the NVQ also allows you to go into a broader range of electrical work, work unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical and electronic devices. NVQ training is longer in duration and must include an on-site portfolio of evidence. You are registered as an electrician trainee during the course, allowing you to undertake paid, on-site work. Upon completion, you can apply for the ECS Gold Card.

For more information, contact one of our advisors today at 0800 802 1315

UK Qualifications/ European Union
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.

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