It can take from two to four years to become a qualified electrician. In order to start the process, you need to find an employer willing to take you on for an apprenticeship. Once you have an employer, you have to sign up for training at either a college or training centre. There are a number of steps you need to complete during your apprenticeship.
Your employer must cover at least two fields in domestic, industrial, and commercial work in order for you to be a qualified apprentice. If you have trouble finding someone to take you on, you can take the City and Guilds Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations, also known as the City and Guilds 2365. You do not need any previous skills or knowledge in electrical work to take this course and it is open to anyone sixteen or older. It is comprehensive training that will teach you what you need to know to get you started on becoming a qualified electrician. In some cases, you will be able to find an employer while you participating in the course. A potential employer will see that you are serious about wanting to become an electrician. If you didn’t take the City and Guilds 2365 prior to getting a job, you will have to take the City and Guilds 2357.
During your internship you are required to keep a log or diary of all of the work you do. This log must also be verified by documentation provided by your employer, including photographic evidence, risk assessments, job sheets, and test results. A qualified assessor will examine the logs and documentation and there will be at least three site visits while you are on the job to make sure you are fulfilling your requirements.
You will need to go through an NVQ, or National Vocational Qualification, which is granted by England and Wales based on assessment in your workplace. Along with on-the-job training, you must complete training in the following courses:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Working Conditions and Safe Site
- Preparing for Installation of Enclosures, Wiring Systems, and other Equipment
- How to Provide Functional Information
- Technical Terms
- Installation Procedures for Enclosures, Wiring Systems, and other Equipment
- Identifying and Fixing Electrical Faults
- Processes for Examining and Testing an Electrical Connection
- Accepted Methods for Connecting Wiring Systems and Related Equipment
Once these course work and your physical training are completed, you must take an assessment test. One such test is the Achievement Measurement 2 administered by the National Electrotechnical Training. It has four separate sections and is taken over a period of sixteen and a half hours. You might be placed in a booth with an electrical installation to test all of your practical skills. Your work must comply and demonstrate safety standards and current rules and regulations recognized by the electrical industry.
There are a number of qualifications you need to become an electrician but they are all attainable with a bit of work on your part. Apprenticeships and qualifying courses will have you well on your way to electrical employment.