How to become an Electrician

01 Dec 2020
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To become an Electrician in the UK you will need to combine training, experience and a final assessment. Please contact Karl or Jamie if you want to discuss a career as an Electrician.

An electrical apprenticeship is a great way to qualify as an Electrician. An apprentice will study the same subjects as a full-time student but will often have to study in the evenings or on regular study days when your employer will give you the day off to go to college. Colleges and training companies offer apprenticeship courses, to enrol on one you may need to have already found yourself an apprentice's job with a company or organisation.

Full Time Study:

Colleges will accept students for electrical installation courses from age 16. If you are between the ages of 16-18 you will qualify for government grants which will pay for all or most of the course costs.


  • Electrical installation (Level 1, 2 and 3) Known as City & guilds 2365 this course will last for two years and is the standard full time course to be taken by students aiming to qualify as electricians.
  • NVQ Diploma in Electrical Installation (Level 3)

Entry Requirements:

  • Level 1: Generally no entry requirements
  • Level 2: Demonstrate skills in English and Math, gained through GCSEs achieved at grade C (4) or Functional Skills at the College.
  • Level 3: Require successful completion of level 2 course

Part-time Study: Nearly all electrical courses can be undertaken by part time study (evenings and weekends) at either colleges or training companies. Courses which are theory only can be taken online. Online offers a wide range of practice materials to help full time students achieve exam success. The training supplied:

AM2 Skills Test: Final unit of the electrical installation qualification, this is compulsory for apprentices, adult trainers or workers who seek to gain industry recognised qualified status.

Inspection and Testing 2391: This new Level 3 professional qualification replaces and improves upon the existing City & Guilds 2394 and 2395 qualifications. This course is aimed at electricians who have qualified and now want to progress from being an electrician’s mate to being able to sign off their own work. This course typically takes 7 days and the cost is between £1,000 and £1,500.

C&G 2382-18 18th Edition Training Course (BS7671) (

PAT Testing 2377: The testing of portable appliances adds another business opportunity for electricians. This is a one to three day course costing up to £500.

Part P 2393-10: Part P are the building regulations which apply to domestic dwellings. Many electricians take this qualification to help them understand how their work can pass Building Regulation inspections.