How to become a qualified electrician
Do you want to become a qualified electrician but don’t know where to start? The most important advice we can give you is: there are no short cuts.
If you don’t already have experience in the electrical industry it will take about four years to complete your training, gain the correct qualifications and embed your learning and knowledge in the workplace.
When you’re researching electrical training courses you will more than likely see commercial organisations that offer intensive packages with knowledge-based training condensed into a few weeks or months. At first glance this may seem a tempting option, however, please be aware that these courses will not give you the skills or qualifications you need to be classed as a qualified electrician.
Our advice on domestic installer courses
Advertisements for ‘domestic electrician’ or ‘domestic installer’ training may also catch your eye. These terms are linked to a Government scheme for electrical installation work in domestic properties to comply with Building Regulations.
These types of courses will not lead to you becoming what the industry classes as a ‘qualified electrician’, as domestic training routes do not give you the sufficient technical knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience to carry out a comprehensive range of electrical tasks in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. Read more advice on domestic installer training
Recommended electrician training routes
The electrical industry only recognises a Level 3 apprenticeship or Level 3 NVQ as providing ‘qualified’ status. In England, employers can now receive funding for apprentices of all ages, so this is an option for adults of any age, as well as younger people.
If you are looking to fund your own training, take a look at our recommended training routes. Getting some form of workplace experience is vital if you want to become a fully qualified electrician.
The Level 2 qualification in our recommended Self-Funded Route (England & Wales) is a similar cost to some of the domestic installer training, but has wider content and is more likely to help you initially find work as an ‘electrician’s mate’ from which you can progress with work experience and more training.
Already have some experience?
If you already have worked in the electrical industry for a number of years but have never formally qualified, the Experienced Worker Assessment may be a route for you. Your existing qualifications, skills and experience can count towards the Experienced Worker qualification criteria, so you’ll only need to fill in any gaps.
Spend your time and money wisely
So if you’re looking to become a qualified electrician, make sure you look at the training options available to you and, importantly, which paths truly lead to qualified status. We’ve produced some clear advice on what routes are recommended by the industry, and the qualifications you’ll follow within these routes: