These days, most trades demand that you keep up to date with your skills, learning about new developments and making sure you maintain good working habits and stay safe. Electricians have to be very careful in their work and a careless slip can mean serious injury or even death, so it is essential that you keep up with your training.

If you are just starting out, it is really important to find out about the various aspects of electrical work and the difference between all the qualifications. Part P courses, for example, teach you everything about working with domestic installations, such as washing machines, lighting and other electrical components in the home. This qualification is mandatory for anyone starting out and refresher courses are popular too.

Alternatively, you can take City & Guilds and NVQ electrical courses to work as an electrician in the commercial and industrial sector, whether as a beginner or as an experienced tradesperson extending or refreshing their skill. Good electricians are in constant demand and this is one trade where training and qualifications really matter.

Both domestic installers and commercial electricians need to be up to date with their knowledge of the rules and regulations by going on 17th Edition courses. This is a short course, with no practical content, culminating with a written exam. Electricians may find that they regularly have to attend an update course to ensure that any changes to the regulations are properly explained and followed.