Don’t get taken for a ride by ‘Rogue Trainers’ Don’t get taken for a ride by ‘Rogue Trainers’

Don’t get taken for a ride by ‘Rogue Trainers’

Want to become a qualified electrician? Look carefully at the training courses on offer to avoid wasting time and money.

With thousands of searches each year on terms such as ‘electrical courses’ and ‘how to become an electrician’, you could be at risk of taking the wrong training path if you’re not aware of the correct routes they should follow.

Alongside the many training providers who are doing the right thing and offering industry-recognised qualifications, there are unfortunately some training providers who don’t deliver on their promises, presenting a range of courses which look impressive to the untrained eye, but on proper inspection don’t lead to qualified status.

In a short, animated video from The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), an unsuspecting victim is drawn into a house of horrors by false claims which turn out to be not all they seem.

TESP’s advice is look carefully at what’s on offer and be aware of red flags like hard sells, payment plans, and qualification packages which aren’t recognised by industry.

Full advice is available at with top tips for choosing a training provider, along with warning signs to look out for when researching a provider’s claims. Visitors are signposted to the industry approved Training Routes to read more on the right paths to follow to become qualified.

There are still too many reports of people spending thousands of pounds with companies who wilfully misrepresent where their training leads. Some providers use high-pressure sales techniques to trap learners with a large financial commitment, but devious contract terms mean there’s no realistic prospect of achieving the qualification.

When so many training providers jump through hoops to do things properly and engage responsibly with industry and employers, it’s important that potential learners are aware of the pitfalls.

Watch the video and find out more about the campaign at