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NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course

BECOME A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN | NVQ LEVEL 3

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

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

First, you’ll learn essential domestic and electrical installation in our centre. This initial training will prepare you before undertaking on-site work 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 practical and theory training, you will gain the skills, knowledge and expertise you need to launch a future-proof career as an approved electrician.

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NVQ LEVEL 3 Electrical 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 terminate 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 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.
The practice of safe isolation procedure.

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

The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are 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 ClassroomContinue theory for knowledge unit 004a – Planning and design of installations
PM ClassroomContinue 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
Please note 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The ACS Domestic Gas Training course costs:

Stages 1 & 2 – £7,500
Stage 3 – £1,295
Stage 4 – circa £750 to AM2 Assessment centre

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The UK electrical contractors market is reputedly worth around £18.2bn a year (source: AMA Research). However, it is highly fragmented and comprised mainly 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 challenging to find trustworthy tradespeople. But, when they do, they use them repeatedly 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 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?

When you begin training with Options Skills, you will have the support of our trains, course advisors and central support team to ensure your training goes smoothly. You can drop into the office, reach them by phone or drop them an email at any time.

Experienced tutors will be delivering the course, sharing their priceless knowledge with the students and teaching them all they need to know to complete the domestic installer award training course.

You learn both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ensuring you have a full understanding and sufficient practice in the trade.

If, after you’ve completed your Domestic Installer Award, you want to move on to gain your NVQ Level 3, you can upgrade with Options Skills.

The cost of an upgrade is currently priced at £2,250 plus on-site assessment fees and AM2 fees.

This price is only available for existing or previous customers of Options Skills who have completed the DEI training course.

If you fail any of your exams, we offer students the opportunity to resit them. In addition, 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. However, we offer the chance for students to retake their exams, and we can provide extra training and support necessary.

Options Skills are unable to guarantee any student will pass the exam. However, we provide our students with expert training, which, combined with their hard work and dedication, will give you the best opportunity to pass the exam.

While we will provide students with excellent practical and theoretical training, we will not teach them how to pass the exam. Passing any exams or assignments is dependent on your level of knowledge, dedication and hard work.

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.

You will undertake the first part of your knowledge units in one of the Options Skills training centres in either Birmingham, London or Manchester. You will undertake the rest of the knowledge units 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 your work.

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 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 previously worked on-site as a labourer, we can help you gain your NVQ Level 3.

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