If you’re looking to further your career as an electrician, you may be wondering about enrolling on an approved City & Guilds electrical course. But with such a broad range of training programmes to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
The first thing you will need to do is find a City & Guilds approved centre where you can study. It’s best to research the different training companies in your area, taking into account the qualifications they offer. Try to find a centre that combines affordability and high quality training to get the best value for your money.
You will need to make sure the training provider you choose is a properly registered company offering approved courses. You should be able to ask a copy of their Quality Policy, which will give you reassurance of their credentials to teach. You could also spend some time reading through previous student reviews.
Once you are happy with your training provider, it’s time to research the different qualifications on offer. City & Guilds is a recognised awarding body, so your certification will look good to future employers and will qualify you to work in a number of fields.
Make sure that all qualifications provided by the centre have been mapped to the Qualification Credit Framework and are approved by National Occupational Standards. You may be able to do the same awards through a different awarding body. EAL is another recognised qualification provider that is viewed in equivalence to City & Guild.
If you have limited experience of electrical inspection and testing, or if you’re totally new to the industry, the Level 2 Award in Fundamental Inspection and Testing is the best place to start. It is also ideal for those who wish to update their training before moving on to Level 3 study through City & Guild or EAL.
This qualification has been designed to prepare candidates for the first verification of electrical installation work. The course combines theoretical study with suitable on-site experience, providing a refresher on the IET 17th Edition wiring regulations. Students will also receive practice filling in main standard certificates, forms and schedules.
For those who have already completed this preliminary training, the Level 3 Inspection & Testing course is the next step to becoming a qualified electrician. This award is required by enterprises to be recognised by certification and registration bodies as technically competent to undertake inspection and testing on all installations.
You may wish to contact your education provider for more information about what the training will consist of, as well as available dates, prices and booking information. The Level 3 Inspection & Testing programme usually takes place over four days and covers the practices, principles and legislation for the verification of electrical installations.
If you have no electrical background and aren’t ready for a Level 2 course, you may wish to undertake Introduction to PAT training, which could then lead on to further study. This programme usually takes just one day to complete, and you will learn the legal requirements and skills required to keep up appliances and equipment.
There are a number of other courses available through City & Guild, including the Design and Verification of Electrical Installations, Solar PV, Vehicle Charging Equipment and Health and Safety. Which ones you choose to complete may depend on the direction you wish to take your career in, and what is required of that field.
For more information about available training in your area, contact your local education provider and see if you could gain a new qualification that could lead to a prosperous and lucrative career as an electrician.