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Training as an Electrician

....Training as an Electrician continued (from Best of Guildford post)

Guildford College has become the first electrical installation training and assessment centre to be accredited by the National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) in the South East. NAPIT is a Government approved register holder for Part P Registered Domestic Electrical Installers (also known as a Competent Persons Scheme Operator). In partnership with this scheme, Guildford College can offer defined and full scope training courses to help electricians become legally competent in carrying out domestic electrical installations. Once training and assessment is successfully completed, you will gain membership of NAPIT, enabling you to self-certify your own installation work without the need to inform your local Building Control Officer.

Although you would have to pay tuition fees, enrolling on a course is a great option if you need to make a living whilst training, as your college attendance is only required 1 or 2 days per week and you won’t need an electrical work placement to be accepted onto the course.

  • You will have to start by obtaining your Electrical Installation City & Guilds 2330 Level 2 Certificate, which can be completed in 1 or 2 years (depending on full- or part-time enrolment).
  • You can then progress to Electrical Installation City & Guilds 2330 Level 3 to obtain the full Technical Certificate and qualify as an electrician. This is offered as a part-time course and will only take 1 year to complete.

You may be eligible for government funding if you think you’ll have trouble paying your tuition fees. With various bursaries and loans available (e.g. Discretionary Leaner Support, Professional and Career Development Loan, etc.), it is worth enquiring within your local Jobcentre or college to see what help is available to you. City & Guilds also offer a small number of bursaries each year to people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification.

By completing the foundation of your training, you can now study for the additional qualifications needed to prove your competence and credibility as an electrician. These courses are much shorter and can be completed in just a few weeks:

  • You will need to obtain your Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installations 17th Edition (City & Guilds 2382 – Level 3). This qualification ensures that you are up-to-date with the latest industry regulation on wiring, as well as the safe use and operation of electrical equipment and systems.
  • To show your customers that you're a competent installer or tester, you will need to have a Certificate in Inspection, Testing and Verification of Electrical Installations (City & Guilds 2391 – Level 3).

If you decide to retrain as an electrician in the near or distant future, make sure you are up-to-date on what courses and qualifications are still available to you.

The City & Guilds 2357 Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical Technology (this is currently the qualification achieved on completion of an electrician apprenticeship) was originally introduced to replace the outgoing City and Guilds 2330 Level 2 and 3 qualifications. Both C&G 2330 qualifications have been extended until 31st December 2012, but after this we can’t be sure of their fate. As it stands right now, both City and Guilds 2330 certificates are still being offered at various learning institutions, including Guildford College for their courses running over 2012-13. 

If you decide to start a course in September 2013, you will need to check that you are completing the industry’s preferred qualification for a new electrician, whether this is C&G 2357 or C&G 2330 if it’s still operating. If you decide to complete your training through both City & Guilds 2330 Level 2 and 3 courses, you will still become a qualified electrician even after these courses have been replaced.

Whether you study for both 2330 Electrical Installation certificates or the 2357 Diploma in Electrotechnical Technology, either of these City & Guilds qualifications is considered the hallmark of an excellent, legitimate electrician course. At least one of these options must be offered on any course or apprenticeship you decide to follow. Even after you’re qualified, be prepared to sharpen your knowledge and skills as your career progresses.

If you have just entered the electrical industry, the next step is to protect your future with the right insurance.

YOUR Insurance are a specialist insurance broker based in Guildford, providing insurance packages for a range of small businesses and trades, including cover for electricians.

Our Electricians Liability Insurance package can be tailored to suit your needs, whether you end up being self-employed or working for a contracting firm.

Because of the dangers involved in working with electricity, you need to protect yourself and others around you.  Public Liability Insurance for Tradesman can protect you against injury caused to third parties and damages to their property, by covering your legal defence costs should you be issued with a claim. It can also cover compensation costs should you be forced to pay out. You will find it difficult getting work if you don’t have Public Liability Insurance, as it offers you and your client peace of mind that you’re both covered in the worst case scenario.

Contract Works cover relates to the actual building and installation work being carried out (including the materials used) at a third party’s property. For instance, if an electrician was in the process of re-wiring a property and then a fire were to damage or destroy part of the building, then Contract Works insurance would compensate costs for the property to be repaired back to its former state. It is different to Public Liability Insurance because in the event of an insured peril (e.g. fire, storm, flooding, theft, etc.), the electrician cannot be held responsible for property damage whilst work is taking place