Guide to Becoming an Electrician

UK Electrician Qualifications
Posted: 09/18/2014 at 2:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Becoming an electrician can provide an exciting employment opportunity as well as allow for very good earnings potential. But you need to get started. Below is a guide explaining all you need to do in order to become a qualified electrician.

Becoming an electrician requires you to receive the National Vocational Qualification. The requirements for the NVQ fall under the Qualifications and Credit Framework established by the Sector Skills Council, Summit Skills. These are a uniform set of requirements that all prospective electricians must meet in order to be qualified to work.

The first step in becoming an electrician is to find an employer that will take you on as an apprentice. Once you are employed, you must enroll in a college or training centre for course work that will teach you all you need to know from a classroom perspective. Working of an employer will teach you the hands-on, practical skills you need to become qualified and learn your job. This apprenticeship will take, on average, two to four years to complete.

If you cannot find an employer willing to take you on, you can enroll in the Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Electrical Installations (for buildings and structures) and at least begin your course work training. When you do get employment you can continue on toward the NVQ electrician qualifications requirements when you are ready with your practical experience. You also have the option of getting your Level 3 Certificate in Testing, Installing and making sure Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings. This option allows you to learn the skills necessary to work as a domestic electrician while earning an income and gaining experience. You can transfer at a later date into the Level 3 and NVQ apprenticeship.

During the apprenticeship you will have to enroll for the City and Guilds 2357 or Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnology. This is where your course work comes in. You will learn all of the knowledge you need in a classroom setting that compliments your practical training.

To become eligible for the NVQ, you must keep a log or journal of all of the work you do. Along with this journal, your employer will provide documentation through job sheets documenting your work history, risk assessments, photographic evidence of your work, witness testimony, and test results from your 2357 exams. There will also be on-site visits and discussions with you to see that you are keeping up with your apprenticeship and doing the necessary work for your qualification. You must complete eight course units and once you receive your NVQ, you will then be paired with a more experience electrician who can teach you more specific tasks.

The last step in your qualification is the Achievement Measurement 2 assessment test. It is a practical test of your skills where an examiner will watch you perform specific tasks over the course of a few days. When you have passed the AM2, you will receive your diploma and are now a fully qualified electrician.

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