Becoming a fully qualified electrician gives you the opportunities to carry out electrical work in domestic, commercial and industrial premises, as well as opportunities for becoming a Maintenance Electrician. You can even work in media organisations, sport, entertainment; plus lots more. Alternatively, you may wish to become a Domestic Electrician working in people’s homes, testing, installing and connecting wiring systems for household electrical appliances.

This article highlights 3 things we recommend you consider before you enrol on a course to become an electrician. They are: the right course, a suitable training provider and the support you might want to receive.

1. The correct course

If you’d like to become a fully qualified electrician, you would originally have had to take this qualification:

  • City & Guilds 2330 Level 2 and 3 / 2356 NVQ Level 3

Now, learners can take the new City & Guilds qualification:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) (2357)

Alternatively, if you would like to be a Domestic Electrical Installer you should choose a course that leads to these qualifications:

  • EAL Level 2 Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers inc. Part P
  • City & Guilds 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (2382-10)
  • City & Guilds Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification (2392-10)

If you decide to become a domestic electrical installer, it may also help if you enrol on a package which includes other qualifications such as PAT testing or renewable energy. This could help enhance your skills and increase your earning potential.

Once you’ve successfully completed the relevant qualification(s), you can call yourself either a fully qualified electrician or a qualified domestic electrical installer.

2. The right training provider

Clearly one of the first things you’ll probably want to check with any potential training provider is that they can offer you a course which leads to the qualification(s) above. Then, you’ll probably want to spend some time finding out how you’ll be trained so you can be sure they’ll suit your needs.

Electrical courses combine practical and theoretic elements. So that you can enjoy training that’s convenient, you’ll want to choose a provider which has centres across the UK. You won’t therefore need to travel a long way or have to spend time far from home in a hotel or B&B. Of course, a provider which has many centres can give you peace of mind to know that they have the scale and size to support you during your electrical course.

With your theory training, it may help significantly if you could find a provider that allows you to train when and where it suits you. This can allow you to fit your training around your existing commitments.

3. Appropriate levels of support

Whether you decide to become a fully qualified electrician or a domestic electrical installer, the support that’s available from your training provider can be very helpful. Consider choosing a provider that has practical tutors who combine on the job experience with tutoring experience. Plus, you’ll want to see that the provider can offer you theory tutor support too. Lastly, it can be helpful to choose a provider that can give you the relevant support from the administration department, so you have someone to turn to should you wish to ask questions, raise queries or offer feedback.