Colour deficiency When applying for an apprenticeship, students are normally expected to pass a colour deficiency test before being accepted. who sign up for full time courses may
not necessarily be asked to take the test and may face some difficulty when attempting to
transfer their full time course to an apprenticeship.
Full time courses
Full time courses (usually three days a week) are available to people who have difficulty finding an apprenticeship as the demand for apprentices can fluctuate depending on the
state of the economy. There are a number of full time electrotechnical courses available,
the most popular ones being the level 2 and level 3 electrical installations courses that can, in most circumstances, be mapped over to an apprenticeship. Students tend to use these full time courses to gain qualifications so that they
are more favourable to employers when applying for apprenticeships.
Part time courses
Part time courses are generally better suited to
older students who have a little knowledge of
the electrical industry. Part time courses can be intense as the student will have one day or two
evening classes as opposed to three full days, so it’s essential that the student can commit to selfstudying
out of college.
Domestic installer courses should provide you with the minimum training required to consider registering as a domestic installer. They are popular with people who wish to pursue a career working predominantly on domestic properties. However, if you do embark on a domestic installer course, you would be expected to have sufficient experience of
domestic electrical installation work so that you can be confident that the work you carry out is safe and meets the requirements of the latest version
of BS 7671 (the IET Wiring Regulations). Some training providers run short courses that may only take several weeks to complete; these are only recommended for people who have already had
substantial experience working in the electrical industry.
On successful completion of a recognised domestic installer course you should hold a qualification in line with latest version of BS 7671 (e.g. at the time this article was written, a 17th Edition qualification), such as the C&G 2382-12 as well as an inspection and testing and initial verification qualification, such as the C&G 2394-95. Once you have gained these qualifications, domestic installer scheme providers offer guidance on what you would be expected to know to successfully pass their assessments and register as a domestic installer.
Many electricians like to have their level of education and experience recognised. One way of doing this is to apply for grading to the Joint Industry Board (JIB), who will assess and review your application and offer you one of several grades. Once someone has reached the status of electrician
they have really just begun their career. The next logical steps are to gain qualifications and experience in inspection and testing, initial verification, electrical installation design, project management as well as taking a specific route to specialise in a particular area of the industry.
What is the best route?
Whatever route is taken to pursue a career in the electrical industry it’s essential that electricians know what they are doing before carrying out electrical work unsupervised. In such a diverse industry,
it’s virtually impossible to know everything, but knowing the fundamental principles of electricity and how to work safely with it will secure a long and exciting career.