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What is the best way to become an electrician?

It can get complicated, with a variety of different job roles and routes to becoming fully qualified, it’s alright to feel a little confused.

Fear not, we have spent a lot of time putting together helpful articles and guides to give you all the information you need, whether you want to become a fully qualified sparky, a domestic specialist or a multi skilled master.

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Electricians in demand, more than ever!

A report carried out in 2015 by human resources firm Manpower, revealed that electricians and other skilled trade professionals are among the biggest headache to hire, through shortage; over and above sales, management and executives.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the electrical sector is suffering from a lack of resource.

This is largely attributed to an ageing workforce coming into retirement.

There are a lack of new entrants to the sector, as a result of apprenticeships or meaningful training routes not being available in recent years.

Becoming an electrician

If you are looking to switch careers, ditch the office job and embark on a more active professional path, then you could find yourself very much in demand.

The main role of an electrician is to install, test and maintain electrical wiring, equipment, appliances and fixtures in a wide range of applications, from domestic to commercial settings.

From assessing plans and planning the layout of wiring to fitting fuse boxes and circuit breakers, your day-to-day tasks will be varied and keep you on your toes.

How do you start out?

  • To qualify as an electrician, you need an industry-recognised Level 3 qualification, such as:
  • Level 3 NVQ diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)
  • Level 3 NVQ diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structure and the Environment)
  • Level 3 diploma in Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) if part of an apprenticeship.

These qualifications are usually completed while working. You will need additional training if you wish to branch out into solar, for example.

Another popular route is to complete an Electrotechnical Apprenticeship.

This combines on-the-job training with study at a college or training centre, and usually lasts for two-four years.

What about becoming multi skilled?

If you are in a trade where you may need to learn basic electrical skills then you may not have to play the long game.

Many gas installers could benefit from safe electrical isolation or learning wiring skills themselves rather than having to use sub contractors.

To learn those skills you could take a Logic4training’s Domestic Electrical Installer Course.

The course takes around 4 weeks to complete and includes training and assessment on all the essential aspects of the profession, delivered by our expert trainers.

Qualifications gained from the course include:

domestic electrical installer part-p course

city & guilds 18th edition wiring regulations course/ – level 3

l3 qcf qualification in initial verification certification of electrical installations/ – level 3

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