How to become a UK electrician
- Study at college or training company
- Join a company or organisation as an electrical apprentice
- Transfer your qualifications from another country
- Qualify as a Domestic Installer
- Update old electrical qualifications
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FE College and Training Companies
Further Education Colleges across the UK offer electrical installation courses. Typically the course will last for two years and cover the subjects of Electrical Installation levels 1, 2 and 3 (City & Guilds 2365), Wiring Regulations (City & Guilds 2382-18, 18th Edition) and perhaps also, Inspection and Testing (City & Guilds 2391).
Entry is at 16 and the requirements for most courses would be some GCSEs preferably including Grade C (4) in Maths and English, although lower grades will be accepted on some courses.
For students older than 19, some FE Colleges and private training providers offer fast track courses to electrical qualifications.
Many companies and organisations offer electrical apprenticeships. As an electrical apprentice you would study the same courses as an electrical student but will have the advantage of working and earning at the same time.
A disadvantage might be that you do not experience the full-on ‘college experience’ of regular students. As an apprentice you would study part-time including in the evenings.
Many electricians come to work in the UK.
For electricians from a number of countries your qualifications will count towards UK qualifications, but to work as an unsupervised electrician you will still need to undertake further assessment to confirm your understanding of electrical installation requirements in the UK.
A Domestic Installer is not a qualified electrician, but you can do some electrical work.
Domestic Installers will have demonstrated sufficient electrical installation skills and knowledge to enable them to join an electrical trade organisation certified to operate a competent persons register.
Work as a domestic installer is limited to electrical installations in home environments, you are not qualified to work on construction, industrial, retail or any other commercial installations.