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Electrical courses

There is good demand for qualified electricians and therefore becoming an electrician can be a rewarding, successful career with good earnings potential. However, entering the profession can seem a little confusing as there are so many different electrical courseson offer. Those considering entering the profession for the first time can be unsure as to which qualifications they will need in order to be fully qualified.

Electricians who install electrics in the home are known as domestic installers. They may install and replace electrical components, install or reroute cables, and install lights. Those who are new to the trade or who have not done electrical work for some time may benefit from an introductory course, which may run for example over five days. However, to be able to carry out the work legally and self certify it, electricians must be Part P registered. In order to become registered, tradesmen must complete Part P courses. They can then apply to be registered with a governing body of their choice, who will assess their work and also require them to undertake a 17th Edition course within 12 months, which covers the current regulations.

Those wishing to become qualified commercial/industrial electricians can start with a City & Guilds Level 2 qualification, which will enable them to work on site as an electrician's mate. Once they have completed the Level 2, they can go on to complete a Level 3 qualification as well as a 17th Edition course and an Inspection and Testing course, and are then able to do commercial and industrial electrical work.