With the current high demand for all tradesmen, many people are looking for new careers as electricians. The traditional route would be to take an apprenticeship gaining the required qualifications and experience over 3 to 4 years. However, that is not the only route many people looking to become an electrician take the required courses. Once qualified they find companies that are prepared to take them as trainees so that they can gain the experience. This is a viable option as many companies are suffering staff shortages.
Electrical Training Courses
An electrician installs, tests, and maintains electrical wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, and fixtures in a range of different properties and business premises. This could be for lighting, power, security, or for many other types of electrical equipment. So there are a variety of courses that are available to learn the required skills.
Getting certified with professional qualifications will ensure you’re up to date with the latest skills and regulations, plus it will enable you to have the necessary understanding to start your first role in the electrical trade. The current electrical regulations are at the 18th Edition of BS 7671; the IET Wiring Regulations. From the 1st January 2019 the design of new electrical installations will be required to comply with the new 18th edition.
When you become an electrician, you’ll be able to work within a multitude of disciplines across many industries or work for yourself. You could be contracted to work for a larger national company, or perhaps you’ll be employed and work-in house for one of the world’s best-known companies.
This is an important part of any electrical work being able to verify, inspect and test new and existing electrical installations. It is common for newly qualified electricians to take this course after they have gained a certain level of experience. Some electricians become electrical testers and only work carrying out EICR electrical testing and certification of properties. There is a very high demand for electrical testing since the law changed for Landlord properties requiring an EICR in the same way as a gas safe certificate. If you would like more information on what is involved in Electrical Testing and Inspection then visit our electrical installation website. This will show you the way electrical contractors that you could end up working for (Electrical Jobs) offering these services giving you a helpful insight into the electrical industry.
Starting a new career will come with a cost but with current electrical salaries being strong you can quickly recoup these costs. So what do you need to get started? Here is some help
- Electrical tools which can be brought as an electrician starter kit
- PPE Personal Protection Equipment
- Most companies will require you to have an ECS Card
If you gain an electrical job it is the employer’s responsibility to provide you with the necessary PPE.
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