If you're looking for a rewarding new career, then you may want to think about becoming an electrician. Gaining your electrical qualifications and starting down this path can be challenging, but the rewards of an electrician career are well worth it.
Why become an electrician?
- Electricians commonly make upwards of £30,000 per year (according to totaljobs.com)
- You'll have the opportunity to be your own boss and choose your hours
- Qualified electricians are in very high demand right now - many UK firms have reported difficulties recruiting electricians
In addition to the above perks, electricians also enjoy a more active working day, making their way from one job to the next and engaging in practical, hands-on labour instead of sitting at a desk all week.
All of these are great reasons to become an electrician - but how exactly do you do it? Well, as with any trade, there are a number of industry-recognised qualifications associated with electrical work, and you'll obviously need to get qualified before you can start work; after all, electricity is very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, and it's illegal for untrained personnel to operate on live electrical installations.
What qualifications do I need to be an electrician?
In order to start your electrician career, you will first need to earn an industry-recognised Level 3 electrical qualification, such as:
- Level 3 Award in the In-Service Inspections and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT)
- Level 3 Award in the Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings
- Level 3 Award in the Initial Verification and Certification of Electrical Installations
These qualifications each cover different aspects of an electrician's career, so you may find it worthwhile to complete a package course (e.g. our own Professional Electrical Course, which includes a number of Level 3 electrical qualifications) in order to give the best possible foundation for a varied, lucrative career. Simply click below to learn more!
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How long does it take to get qualified?
A lot of budding electricians get qualified over a number of years via an apprenticeship or NVQ diploma course, with a Level 3 qualification awarded upon completion. Other people obtain Level 1 and/or Level 2 qualifications before seeking trainee positions.
These aren't the only options, however. Fast-track electrical courses - which allow candidates to achieve Level 3 qualifications within a very short time frame - have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is an option you may wish to consider if you're looking to start your electrician career ASAP.
Fast-track courses vary in duration, but dedicated students can complete their training and become qualified electricians in a matter of months.
What happens once you're qualified?
Once you have completed your electrical training and earned the necessary qualification(s), you can seek employment with a firm, or you can start your own business and be your own boss.
Many newly-qualified electricians choose the latter option, and it's not hard to see why: self-employed electricians can work as few or as many hours as they please, and their earnings aren't limited to their contracted salary.
However, if you would prefer to be employed by someone else, that's a great choice too, and with electricians extremely in-demand at the moment, you should have no trouble finding a job.
How can I start my electrician career?
If you're serious about becoming an electrician, we offer a range of accredited electrical courses here at Access Training Academies.
Our electrician training packages include a number of industry-recognised qualifications, including some of the Level 3 electrical qualifications mentioned earlier.
In addition to offering flexible training programmes in fully-equipped electrical training centres, we also provide ongoing career support for 3 years after you enrol with us. Our expert advice and industry connections will help to get your electrician career off to the best possible start!
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2020 UPDATE: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we now offer Live Online Learning - this means that you can start learning the fundamentals of electrical work at home!
Our virtual classroom sessions allow you to interact and ask questions as usual, plus you can rewatch each tutorial as many times as you wish. Once you've completed your electrical theory training, you will attend one of our training centres, where we'll teach you how to put that knowledge into practice. Contact Access Training now to learn more about our e-learning courses.
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If you need advice on any of our electrical training courses, or would just like to speak to one of our expert advisors about any of the courses we offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0800 345 7492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your electrician career options.