City and Guilds Electrical Courses

So you want to change careers and become a professional electrician? Great! You'll love working as a tradesperson, and the UK's current skills shortage means that you should have no trouble finding plenty of work.

But you can't start working as an electrician without the proper training and qualifications. Electrical work is very dangerous if you don't know exactly what you're doing, so it's very important to learn all the relevant skills/theory and get properly certified before you begin your new career.

Here at Access Training, we offer a variety of City & Guilds-accredited electrical courses that are specifically designed for inexperienced electricians who want to train up, get qualified, and go professional. Even if you've never so much as changed a fuse before, our City & Guilds electrical courses will mould you into a skilled electrician in no time - we'll teach you everything you'll need to know and help you to earn the industry qualifications that domestic electricians are expected to hold.

What electrical qualifications will I earn with Access Training?

Depending on which course you choose, you will earn some or all of the following certifications:

Part P Domestic Installer

Along with the 17th Edition Electrical Regulations (see below), this is the basic industry qualification that all electricians must hold. Part P qualifies you to install/repair lights, electrical sockets, cooker circuits, and other consumer units. You will also be able to certify domestic electrical installations.

Included in the following electrical courses:
Essential // Professional // Premier

 

City & Guilds 17th Edition Electrical Regulations

This is another must-have qualification that's included in all of our career change electrical courses. Earning this certification will show that you have a good working knowledge of the latest electrical regulations.

Included in the following electrical courses:
Essential // Professional // Premier

 

City & Guilds Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Many self-employed electricians find that they can boost their income by performing PAT tests in addition to domestic installations and maintenance. This course component will teach you how to test electrical devices and prevent potentially dangerous accidents.

Included in the following electrical courses:
Professional // Premier

 

City & Guilds 2392 Fundamental Inspection & Testing

Inspection and testing is an important skill for professional electricians to hold. The City & Guilds 2392 qualification will allow you to inspect/test new installations (as well as new circuits on existing installations).

Included in the following electrical courses:
Professional // Premier

 

City & Guilds 2395 Periodic Inspection & Testing

This qualification goes further than the 2392 certification, enabling you to issue safety reports and recommend any additional works that may be necessary. Ideal for budding electricians who wish to carry out commercial and industrial (as well as domestic) work.

Included in the following electrical courses:
Professional // Premier

 

City & Guilds 2396 Design & Verification

This advanced qualification is included only in our Premier electrical course. It focuses on the design and specification of complex electrical systems.

Included in the following electrical courses:
Premier

If you'd like to enrol on one of our City & Guilds-accredited electrical courses, please click on one of the course options listed above or contact us today!

The path to becoming a plumber, or any type of tradesperson for that matter, is traditionally seen as being long and limited: several years of training as an apprentice alongside a professional whose main interest is the job at hand (and not the eager apprentice looking over their shoulder). This image, some might feel, isn't particularly inspiring, and might even deter people from pursuing a trade career. However, this model is not the only way, nor is it the best way, of becoming a professional tradesperson.

Here at Access Training, we offer intensive plumbing courses in a professional and private training centre where the main focus is on teaching, rather than working, and your chances of learning how to do quality work quickly are far higher. Not only that, but our intensive courses are much shorter and more efficient, giving you a range of experience in a matter of weeks, rather than years.

We understand that some might approach a fast-track course offered by a private training college such as Access Training with suspicion - after all, how can a trade, something traditionally considered to require years of experience, be taught to a high enough standard in only a matter of weeks?

At first glance, it certainly seems implausible, but when you take a closer look into what the old-style apprenticeship process actually consists of, you might be inclined to think otherwise...

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Fast-Track Course

1) It takes less time.

This might go without saying, but a fast-track course takes far less time than an apprenticeship and the advantage of this is phenomenal.

Not only does it save you several years of valuable time, but it also means that you can begin working and earning much sooner. In the time it takes to complete a full apprenticeship, you could earn back the investment you made for a private training course ten times over!

2) It produces better results.

The feedback we receive from the companies who employ our students is largely supportive of the fast-track system. They claim that students trained on fast-track courses retain more information than those who have been training in apprenticeships for years.

Students are excited and enthused by their quick development on the fast-track course and are able to capitalise on this, increasing their employability, whereas those who have spent years as apprentices might have become less enthusiastic about their occupation.

In other words, you're more likely to still want to do the job after a fast-track course than an apprenticeship.

3) It involves intensive learning.

Back in the days of apprenticeships, the main style of learning was through observation, and very little else. For example, an aspiring plumber would have to spend a few hours a week following a qualified plumber from job to job, usually doing menial tasks like making tea and carrying tools.

Old style apprenticeships took years because the majority of time was spent shadowing the qualified worker and learning very slowly, not by experience or practice.

A fast-track course constantly involves learning about theory and is very hands-on, so that the skills you learn are put into immediate practice.

In a week, every single day on any trades course would be entirely dedicated to learning everything you need to know about that particular trade, instead of it being slowly drip-fed to you over a number of years.

4) The teacher's focus is on you.

In a typical apprenticeship scenario, the professional worker will most likely be focusing very little on the young aspiring apprentice eagerly looking over their shoulder. Rather, they will be concentrating on the job at hand, wanting to get it done to a high standard and in the shortest time possible.

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As a professional who might have years of experience in the trade, any questions the apprentice would have might seem tedious and are likely to be either ignored or not answered in full. As a result, very little is actually learnt.

However, in a private college, the tutors' jobs require them to do exactly the opposite: to ensure that the students are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need in order to become skilled professionals. They are patient with newcomers, willing to fully explain theories and ready to take time to demonstrate procedures.

It's no surprise that apprenticeships take so long to complete - the difference is enormous.

5) You'll still get 'on-site' experience.

One possible argument to be made against fast-track courses is that they don't provide 'on-site experience' in the same way that apprenticeships do.

However, this can only be a good thing. On-site experience of the kind provided by apprenticeships still involves little or no practical or theory training, and is, in essence, quite useless - one might as well pay a visit to a construction site and watch the builders working.

However, as a privately-funded company, Access Training has the necessary resources to provide excellent facilities that are designed to simulate real working environments. Bathrooms, radiators, boilers and walls are among a variety of home appliances and structures you will be practising on during your course, in which the skills you learn can be put to immediate good use and be quickly developed as a result.

This style of teaching creates an effective fusion between having practical experience and essential knowledge.

Although apprenticeships are still considered as being the natural step on the route to a traditional working life, they are becoming increasingly a thing of the past: an inefficient, rusting machine in a new age of development.

A fast-track course is the best way to ensure workers are enthusiastic and skilled professionals by the end of their training. Enquire today about a course at Access Training - our professional course advisers will be guide you in the right direction.

how to become a property developer
 
If you’re wondering how to become a property developer, then you’ve come to the right place. You need more than the ability to find a cheap property, do it out and sell it on. Property development requires a lot of planning. Here you can learn how to become a property developer.

6 Tips on How to Become a Property Developer

First things first, to become a property developer, you need to decide whether your plan is to buy-to-let or buy-to-sell. There are advantages to both; it just depends on what you personally want to get out of property development. 
 
If for example, your goal is to quickly increase your capital then buy-to-sell is the route for you. This short-term strategy will enable you to make a faster return on your investment. In fact, the sooner you renovate a property for a quick sale, the more profit you’ll make.
 
On the other hand, if your plan is to provide an income which can one day replace your current salary, then buy-to-let is for you. This long-term strategy allows you to build up a portfolio of rental properties, so you can achieve capital growth with the rental income from tenants. As long you have a deposit of at least 25%, you should have no problem getting a buy-to-let mortgage.
  • Consider ROI and the Rental Yield  

Whether you’re planning on undertaking a buy-to-let strategy or a buy-to-sell one, rental yield is crucial. Why? Well, even if you’re planning on selling up, you could be sitting on a property that just won’t sell. 
 
If you’re wondering what rental yield is, it’s the return that a property investor is estimated to achieve through rent on a property. To calculate rental yield, you measure the annual rental income against the property’s value. A good gross yield is considered to be 10% and, of course, this can increase if there are multiple occupants such as students. 
 
When selling properties, a 30% ROI is what you should aim for to effectively generate profits.
 
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  • Location, Location, Location 

The location of where you purchase your properties is the key to becoming a property developer. However, don’t make the mistake of buying in a location that’s already doing well. Instead, find a location that’s on the rise and make a healthy profit by buying early.  
  • Don’t Pay More Than You Need to  

While this may sound like common sense, you may be tempted to pay over the odds for a property in hope of selling it on for more money. However, in property development, you make more money when you buy a property than when you sell, so negotiating on the price of a property is essential. 
  • Consider Timing 

Don’t rush into buying a property. Even if you feel pressured to, it’s important that you get to know the market and the area before buying. 
 
Once you’ve found a property in the right location, that’s when you need to start acting fast. The quicker you can turn a property around, the sooner you can make a return on your investment.
  • Bear Your Buyer or Renter in Mind 

It might be tempting to create your dream property when you’re doing up houses, but it’s important not to get carried away. Always consider your target buyer or renter to ensure that you appeal to them and stay within your budget.
  • Ensure You Have Property Development Finance in Place 

As a property developer, you’ll need to be in a stable financial position. If you’re not, then it’s worth talking to property finance experts who will be able to advise you on that all-necessary finance you’ll need.
 
Now you know the all-important things to consider in order to become a property developer, why not help yourself achieve your goals by enrolling onto one of our property development courses? You’ll learn a range of skills, as well as everything you need to know to start a career as a property developer. 
 
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How to Become a Qualified Tiler

 
If you’re wondering how to become a qualified tiler, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, from the qualifications you’ll need to the skills you’ll require. Find out what you need to do to start on a new career path as a qualified tiler. Here's our advice for those wondering how to become a tiler:
 

What Qualifications Will I Need?

 
Typically, to become a tiler you’ll need a qualification in wall and floor tiling along with experience in the tiling trade. There are various courses that will enable you to start a new career as a tiler; the right one for you depends on what type of qualification you wish to gain. Here at Access Training, we offer an Essential Tiling Course, Professional Tiling Course and DIY Tiling Course.
 
If you’re completely new to the industry, our Essential Tiling Course is ideal. Whereas our DIY Tiling Course is geared towards a DIY enthusiast, who wishes to carry out small tiling jobs around the home. 
 
Our Professional Tiling Course will kick-start that career in tiling you’ve always wanted, even if you sign onto the course as a beginner.
 

What Skills Are Required? 

 
There are a number of skills that will help you to become a qualified tiler. These include:
 
• Mathematical 
• Customer service
• Practical
• Attention to detail 
• Organisational 
• Creative
 
However, if you don’t possess these skills then this shouldn’t stop you from a career in tiling. You’ll develop these essential skills, in addition to others, while undertaking a tiling course. For example, you’ll learn how to calculate quantities of tiles and grout needed for a job, as well as how to cut around intricate shapes. 
 
After completing a tiling course, you’ll not only obtain an accredited qualification, you’ll possess an enhanced skill set too. 


How Much do Tilers Earn?

 
Naturally, you’re going to want to know roughly how much you’ll earn as a qualified tiler. Like with most jobs, this can vary significantly. However, as a newly qualified tiler you can expect to earn anything between £17,000 and £20,000.
 
As an experienced tiler, you could earn up to £30,000 or better yet, up to £38,000 if you’re extremely skilled in the tiling industry. If you wish to progress further, why not combine your tiling career with plastering or painting and decorating? You’ll be able to expand your expertise as a tradesperson as well as progress financially.
 

Choose Access Training 

 
Now you know how to become a qualified tiler, why not enrol onto a tiling course with Access Training today? You’ll be on track to achieving the career you’ve always dreamed of.
 

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How long does it take to become a qualified electrician?

Stuck in a job you don’t love? Or perhaps you’re considering your options after leaving school? Well, if you’re thinking about learning a trade, you may be wondering how to become an electrician. Get all of the information that you need right here!

 

How to Become a Fully-Qualified Electrician

In order to become a licensed and qualified electrician, you will have to complete a level 3 electrical or electro-technical qualification or equivalent. This is traditionally done through an apprenticeship, as Level 3 will be awarded on completion. However, completing Level 1 and 2 qualifications may help you find a trainee position.

Becoming an Electrician Without an Apprenticeship: Here at Access Training, we offer intensive short-course training packages that will help you to get equally qualified (if not more) without needing to partake in an apprenticeship scheme.

View Level 3 Electrician Courses >

Whatever route you choose, the typical electrician will have the following:

  • Practical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organisation skills
  • Social skills
  • Basic maths skills

 

How Long Does It Take to Get Qualified?

The time it takes to become a qualified electrician will depend on the study route you choose to take.

Generally, apprenticeships take three years to complete and will involve one day a week at college and four days within a related job position. However, many colleges offer two-year fast-track options for advanced students, as well as part-time study which could take much longer.

After completion, it is then up to the student whether they continue on to higher education courses or partake in job-related training (e.g. a PAT testing certification). 

Students at Access Training can achieve the very highest level in the electrical trade and a number of industry-recognised electrical qualifications (including PAT Testing and 18th Edition) in a matter of weeks.

Open to candidates of all experience levels, our tutors will guide you through the certifications you'll need to become an accomplished electrician, with study and examination for each qualification taking just a few contact days to finish.

So the question is this: do you go down the traditional apprenticeship route, or try something a little different? If the traditional route is not the choice for you due to the time it takes to complete and you'd prefer to quickly earn the experience and skills needed to become a qualified electrician, then browse our range of electrician courses and enrol today! 

 

If you have any questions regarding our range of electrical training courses, please do not hesitate to contact us today!

 

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