Becoming qualified as an electrician or domestic installer is an attractive trade for many, as this provides a number of career opportunities, either through employment or self-employment. However, keeping your skills updated is essential in order to be able to provide clients with the most complete and relevant services.
Indeed, after going through the most basic electrical testing courses it is possible to do a number of things which will help you be able to meet the needs of your clients. If you are in the trade, it will be possible therefore to gain new client bases or make yourself more employable due to the range of skills that you have.
The first step that you can take to make yourself more employable is to embark on more advanced electrical testing courses and electrical skills courses, and there are many of these available, including boiler control, safe isolation, three phase supplies and many more.
The advantage of taking these skills and electrical testing courses is that they often result in a certification at the end of the programme, which is proof of the knowledge that you have learned and integrated. Many of these courses are hands-on practical programmes, giving you plenty of practice in addition to equipping you with knowledge.
Many of these courses are available in intensive programmes which run for one, two or three days. This means that you can take a few days off work to participate, gaining a number of new skills to put into practice straight away. Other courses are extensive, running through evening classes over several weeks.
This leads on to the next great method for improving your skills, which is via online or distance learning programmes, which are becoming increasingly popular with people because of their convenience. A common example of this is an online course and competency assessment designed for experienced electricians and domestic installers.
If you feel that gaining a specific specialist qualification is not for you, this competency assessment can be perfect way to prove your skills, gain recognition for what that you have already achieved and cover any of your weak areas.
You will find that many companies and training providers offering electrical skills and electrical testing courses will provide access to these online competency assessment and training programmes. This means that there is something available for the experienced electrician as well as those looking to undertake intensive specialist training in one specific area.
The final suggestion for those looking to improve their skills is a much less ‘official’ way of doing so, and is more aimed at those looking to improve their general business practices and ways of working. This is to seek out publications from trusted training bodies that provide guidance on running your own electrician service or carrying out certain tasks.
This is ideal for those who are looking to improve their techniques and ways of working without investing money in an entire course or learning specialist skills. These publications are often very low cost – or in some cases absolutely free – and can be found via the websites of training providers and experts in the field.
These are just a few suggestions for improving your skills if you are a professional electrician or domestic installer. Each of these options is more suited for people with different needs, whether they are looking to diversify their skills, consolidate their existing competencies or simply brush up on few core techniques and best practices.
In all cases, these methods will certainly expand upon your existing knowledge, which will be extremely valuable for your clients and your employer, and will also boost your earning potential.