Already in the Industry?
If you’re already working in the industry, your aim should be to get fully qualified to the industry-recognised standard.
What’s the recognised standard? The widely-accepted benchmark is that a fully qualified electrician should hold the industry-relevant NVQ or SVQ Level 3 along with the industry Assessment of Occupational Competence (the ‘AM2‘ or ‘FICA‘ in Scotland) which qualifies you for an ECS gold card.
You may have a number of years’ experience in the industry which means you don’t have to undertake the NVQ or SVQ qualification from scratch.
In England, Wales and (later in 2020) Northern Ireland, the electrotechnical Experienced Worker Assessment is available to help you get where you need to be.
In Scotland the programme is called Crediting Electrotechnical Competence.
This involves contacting a local college or training provider who will assess your current practical expertise and map this against a Level 3 qualification. Any gaps in knowledge or skills will be identified, and a plan will be made on how to help you meet that Level 3 standard.
Branch out into new areas
With core electrotechnical skills under your belt you’ve also got the option to branch out into some of the specialist areas across the industry, which increasingly have their own apprenticeships, training structures and career paths:
If you’re already working in the industry, these areas could present new opportunities if you’re thinking about moving into an associated career.