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BECOME A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN | NVQ LEVEL 3

Become an approved electrician through our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course.

With decades of industry experience, a team of tutors deliver the five-step course at our four training centres in Birmingham, Manchester, Purley and Wembley.

First, you’ll learn essential domestic and electrical installation in our centre before undertaking on-site work experience as a paid trainee, allowing you to earn as you learn. Then, returning to the centre, you’ll complete your Inspection and Testing. Upon completing step five, you’ll be eligible for your ECS Gold Card and Approved Electrician status.

Through a combination of practical and theory learning, you will gain the skills, knowledge and expertise you need to launch a future-proof career as an approved electrician.

Duration: 6 weeks

Tutors deliver the first stage of NVQ Level 3 Electrician training at our fully-equipped Options Skills training centres.

Over 30 days, you will learn skills ranging from health & safety and basic lighting circuits to EV (Electrical Vehicle) charging points and safe isolation.

To pass stage one, you will be required to pass assessments and demonstrate understanding, skills and competence through theory and practical units.

During stage one, you also will complete 18th edition wiring regulations. You will complete study for this via an online learning platform as ‘homework’ before undertaking an invigilated assessment.

Knowledge units are exams and assessments completed in the training centre, while you will complete performance units in the workplace during stage two.

To move forward to stage two, we will register you with JIB as an electrical trainee. With your ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Trainee Card, you will be able to seek paid employment to build your portfolio.
Duration: 1 - 3 years

The second stage of NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training is portfolio building.

With your ECS Card acting as your passport to work, you can seek employment with an employer or agency. The Options Skills recruitment team can assist you in finding paid work. While on-site, you will collect evidence towards your NVQ Performance Units. You will receive assistance from our dedicated recruitment team at this stage.

The recruitment team works full time to build relationships with employers and contractors within the industry and successfully introduces Options Skills trainees to would-be employers. However, we cannot guarantee to find you employment, nor do we guarantee a specific salary. The purpose of both the Recruitment Team and Job Club is to demonstrate that employment opportunities exist for new entrant electricians. Although this is a free service designed to help you get your “foot on the employment ladder”, it is not infinite.

You are also free to attend one of the regular Job Clubs designed to help you with CV design, job search and interview techniques.

You must complete performance units while in the workplace. Performance units consist of practical work, evidence building for your portfolio and direct observation from an NVQ assessor.

Whilst working in the industry and building your portfolio, you will continue working on your knowledge units. These must be completed in your own time and returning to the centre for assessments. You will have access to an online Virtual Learning Environment, and your tutor and the electrical training team will help you complete these tasks.
Duration: Home Study & Centre-Led Training

The Inspection and Testing award allows electricians to demonstrate competency to inspect, test, report, and certify new (initial) and existing (periodic) electrical installations.

Testing and Inspection is an essential qualification that will form part of the suite of qualifications.

You will complete an online study programme, where a minimum of 20-hours of home study will be required. In addition, you must pass an online test before returning to the centre for a 5-day training and assessment programme.

Once ready, you will attend a five-day centre-led programme.

Days 1 & 2 – Tutor-led theory refresher training.
Day 3 – Tutor-led practical training. Practical Assessment 1
Day 4 – Morning – EAL mock online test Afternoon – EAL online test
Day 5 – Practical Assessment 2
Duration: AM2 Assessment

Upon completing your NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training, Options Skills will refer you to undertake your AM2 (Achievement Measurement Test).

The AM2 is an independent assessment of your skills and knowledge that all trainees must undertake.

Once all four steps are complete, you can apply to JIB for your ECS Gold Card, gaining installation electrician status.
Duration: 2 years

The final stage of training is obtaining your ECS Gold Card with Approved Electrician status.

To do so, you must have gained their NVQ Level 3 and Inspection & Testing qualifications and undertaken a minimum of two years of experience working as an electrician.

Ideally, you will have been working in a team-leader style role and taking on additional responsibilities - demonstrating your knowledge, skills and competence.

Electrician Training Course Syllabus

Week 1 - Theory and Practical Workshop Training
Monday
AM Classroom

Introduction to the Electrical Course.
Safety for Electricians.
Introduction to cable types & equipment standards.
Protective Devices.
Basic Lighting Circuits.
Basic Power Circuits: Radials and Rings.
Example of 2-way lighting circuit.

PM Workshop

Introduction to different cable types and how to strip and terminates cables.
Termination of twin & earth cable into different types of junction boxes.

Tuesday
AM Classroom

Radial circuits, Ring Final circuits & Spurs.
Circuit Protective Devices.
Circuit Breakers.
Residual Current Devices.

PM Workshop

Installation of different types of electrical circuits including 1-way radial lighting circuits and ring final circuits for socket outlets.

Wednesday
AM Classroom

Protection for Safety.
Electrical Formula - Power, Voltage, Current and Resistance.

PM Workshop

Installation of different types of electrical circuits including 2-way & intermediate radial lighting circuits and ring final circuits for socket outlets.
Radial power circuits and spurs.

Thursday
AM Classroom

Introduction to consumer units.
The changes made in the 18th edition wiring regulations that have affected CCU design.
Different parts that make up a consumer unit.

PM Workshop

Installation of consumer units including circuit breakers, busbars, and cables.

Friday
AM Classroom

Safe Isolation Procedure.
Demonstration of different stages of the safe isolation procedure.

PM Workshop

Installation of consumer units including circuit breakers, busbars, and cables.
Practice of safe isolation procedure.

Trainees will also be registered for 18th Edition and receive log in details for 18th Edition Home Study during week 1. Candidates will be able to take 18th Edition assessment when they finish home study and are ready to take the invigilated exam.

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Week 2 - Practical Workshop Training
Monday
AM Workshop

Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Consumer units.
Ring Final Circuits.
2-way and intermediate lighting circuits.

PM Workshop

Outside lighting.
Smoke detectors.
Radial circuits, including cookers and immersion heaters.

Tuesday
AM Workshop

Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Consumer units.
Ring Final Circuits.
2-way and intermediate lighting circuits.

PM Workshop

Outside lighting.
Smoke detectors.
Radial circuits, including cookers and immersion heaters.

Wednesday
AM Workshop

Installation of Domestic Electrical Installation in Workshop Bays.
Consumer units.
Ring Final Circuits.
2-way and intermediate lighting circuits.

PM Workshop

Outside lighting.
Smoke detectors.
Radial circuits, including cookers and immersion heaters.

Thursday
AM Workshop

Introduction to inspection & testing in workshop bays:
• Inspection
• Dead Testing
• Live Testing

PM Workshop

Continuation of inspection & testing in workshop bays.

Friday
AM Workshop

SWA cable termination and write ups

PM Workshop

Extra testing practice and tuition (if required)

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Week 3 - NVQ Level 3 Theory & Practical Training/Assessment
Monday
AM Classroom

Introduction to the Electrical Course (NVQ 3 Diploma Units).
Theory on knowledge unit 001. (for ECS Card).
Understand Health & Safety and applications to the Electrical Industry.
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 place in law and duties of employers and employees under the act.

PM Workshop

Statutory regulations also applicable to working on site. First Aid and accident and emergency reporting and procedures.

Tuesday
AM Classroom

Theory on knowledge unit 001. (for ECS Card)
Health & Safety continued; PPE used in the electrical industry.
Electric shock (effects actions)

PM Workshop

Risk assessment method statements.
Revision session on items covered (peer marked)

Wednesday
AM/PM Classroom

EAL Online mock exam 001

Thursday
AM Classroom

EAL Online actual exam 001 (for ECS Card) (35Q) (Pass rate 60%)

PM Workshop

Practical Workshop
Measuring and terminating SWA cable, SY cable and FP cable

Friday
AM Workshop

Practical Workshop
Measuring and bending steel conduit

PM Workshop

Measuring and cutting steel trunking

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Week 4 - NVQ Level 3 Theory & Practical Training/Assessment
Monday
AM Classroom

Begin Theory for knowledge unit 005 – Learning terminations and connections of cables and containment systems

PM Classroom

Continue Theory for knowledge unit 005 – Learning terminations and connections of cables and containment systems

Tuesday
AM Classroom

EAL online mock exam 005 – Break – EAL actual online exam 005 (25Q) Closed book – Pass rate 60%

PM Classroom

Begin Theory for knowledge unit 004a – Planning and design of installations

Wednesday
AM Classroom Continue theory for knowledge unit 004a – Planning and design of installations
PM Classroom Continue theory for knowledge unit 004a – Planning and design of installations
Thursday
AM Classroom

Begin Level 3 Award in the Requirements for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points – This is a standalone qualification, includes demonstration, theory & regulation requirements for EV charging points.

PM Classroom

Continue Level 3 Award in the Requirements for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Friday
AM Classroom

Assessment Level 3 Award in the Requirements for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points EAL online mock exam 004a

PM Classroom

EAL online actual exam 004a – (30Q) open book pass rate 60%

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Week 5 - NVQ Level 3 Theory & Practical Training/Assessment
Monday
AM Workshop

Steel conduit, measure, fabricate 90° bend using different reference points, cut, thread, and install.
Measure, cut, drill for components 50x50mm Steel trunking and install as per model bay

PM Workshop

Fabricate PVC conduit incorporating a bubble set to given dimensions and install.
Fabricate steel cable tray to be spaced off the wall, gland and terminate a SWA cable between two fixed points and secure to tray.

Tuesday
AM/PM Workshop

Install 5x wiring circuits to EAL assessment criteria using different types of wiring including SWA, SY cable, single core, FP cable and Twin and Earth.
Complete sequence of dead tests.

Wednesday
AM Classroom

Practical demonstration of MICC cable termination, test for integrity, test for core continuity.
Termination and testing of Mineral Insulated cable

PM Assessment

Protective bonding assessment install of Gas and Water pipes

Thursday
AM/PM Assessment

Complete 005 practical EAL paperwork.
NVQ portfolio discussion/tutorial. How to build a NVQ portfolio and collate evidence. 

Friday
AM/PM Assessment

Resits (as necessary)

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Week 6 - NVQ Level 3 Theory & Practical Training/Assessment
Monday
AM Classroom

Introduction to Environmental Technology Unit 002

PM Classroom

Continue Theory 002

Tuesday
AM/PM Classroom

Continue Theory 002

Wednesday
AM Classroom

Mock Exam 002

PM Classroom

Actual Exam 002

Thursday
AM Classroom

Actual Exam 002

PM Classroom

Theory Transformers

Friday
AM/PM Assessment

008A practical Assessment.  Resits if necessary.

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

Syllabus updated on: 14/10/2021

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content is subject to change at the discretion of the Electrical Training Manager & Individual course tutors.

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.

Prices for the NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training course start from £8,500*

Prompt payment only.
The UK electrical contractors market is reputedly worth around £18.2bn a year (source: AMA Research). However, it is highly fragmented and comprises mostly of independent contractors and sole traders.

The industry is characterised by poor service and unreliability. Consumers are wary of who they appoint and often find it difficult to find trustworthy tradespeople. When they do, they use them again and again and recommend them to other people.

The size and maturity of the sector combined with the failure of the general competition to meet customer expectations represent a real opportunity to profit from a professional and customer-focused local service.

A shortage of skilled workers and an increase in new housing being built means that electricians are in high demand. Those currently in the trade are earning far beyond the average UK salary, averaging around £30,784 (source: Office of National Statistics)

For more information, read How Much Can I Earn As An Electrician?
Options Skills offer a great service, providing you with the best opportunity to start your new career as a qualified installation electrician - and we will continue to offer ongoing support even after you’ve qualified. Throughout the course, you'll have a dedicated student liaison manager ensuring everything is going smoothly, from your centre-led training to the on-site work experience.

By registering you with the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme as a trainee during step one, Options Skills provide you with the opportunity to earn while you're working towards your Gold Card. During the time in which you’re working on-site to gain experience, Options Skills will be available for help and assistance, with drop-in sessions and Skype and email support also available.

When you’re ready, having done sufficient work experience, Options Skills will put you forward for your AM2 assessment. Passing this allows you to apply for your gold card – and it with this that you can be awarded the title of installation electrician.
Knowledge units make up stage one of the NVQ Level 3 course. They involve learning essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills, covering health & safety, installation and wiring and connecting conductors, etc.

The first part of your knowledge units will be undertaken in one of the Options Skills training centres in either Birmingham, London or Manchester. The rest of the knowledge units will be undertaken in your own time during step two of the course.
Performance units take place on-site, where you will be working as a supervised, paid trainee.

For these units, you will need to collect evidence of yourself performing a range of electrical work, creating a portfolio. You will need to take photographs and produce write-ups about the work you have done.

An NVQ assessor will visit you on-site a minimum of twice during this time to check your progress and perform assessments.
We know that those looking to do gain their NVQ Level 3 will range from complete beginners to those with experience in the electrical industry. Because of this, we can offer various options depending on your experience level.

Whether you have no experience in the trades industry, have already obtained tech certificates or have previously worked on-site as a labourer, we can help you gain your NVQ Level 3.
If you fail any of your exams, we do offer students the opportunity to resit them. Options Skills will provide students with extra training or support if necessary, free of charge to help prepare you for your re-examination.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide those who fail their exams with a refund. We do, however, offer the chance for students to retake their exams and we can provide extra training and support necessary.
Options Skills are in no way able to guarantee any student will pass the exam. However, we do provide our students with expert training and that, combined with their hard work and dedication will give you the best opportunity to pass the exam.
While we will provide students with excellent training - both practical and theoretical – we will not teach you how to pass the exam. Passing any exams or assignments is dependent on your level of knowledge, dedication and hard work.