What Qualifications Do I Need to Be an Electrician?

What Qualifications Do I Need to Be an Electrician?

what qualifications do i need to become an electrician

If you're thinking about becoming an electrician, you might be wondering what qualifications you need to be an electrician. Here at Access Training, we can provide all the right qualifications you’ll need to become an electrician. Read on to find out more.

In short, you need the Part P Domestic Installer and 18th Edition Electrical Regulations qualifications to begin your career, but each electrical qualification that you gain allows you to work on different jobs. To learn more about what qualifications you need to become a fully qualified electrician, keep reading.

Due to the dangerous nature of the job, as well as the thorough planning and knowledge required to carry out an installation or inspection, it is vital for electricians to provide proof of their abilities with the appropriate certifications.

Here are the qualifications you'll need to establish your career and progress as an electrician:


Becoming a Qualified Electrician

To qualify as an electrician, you’ll need to start with the qualifications included on our Essential Electrical Course. This a great course for beginners, consisting of three crucial electrician qualifications that just about all electrical engineers are expected to hold:

Part P Domestic Installer - The Part P qualification allows you to install, inspect, test and certify a broad range of domestic electrical systems. Along with the 18th Edition certificate (see below), Part P is widely recognised as the essential new electrician qualification

18th Edition Wiring Regulations - The phrase '18th Edition' refers to the current Wiring Regulations to which British electricians must adhere. Gaining your 18th Edition certificate demonstrates that you have a good understanding of the Regulations and how to comply with them.

Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings - The Building Regulations are another important piece of legislation for electricians. Obtaining this electrician qualification demonstrates that you understand the Building Regulations as applicable to electrical installations in homes and dwellings.


Advanced Electrician Qualifications 

Once you have completed the basics, you may want to obtain additional electrician qualifications that set you apart from the competition and broaden the range of jobs you can take on. Here are some of the more advanced electrician qualifications, available on our Professional Electrical Course, that Access Training can help you to achieve:

  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) - This qualification equips you with the ability to prevent accidents involving portable, electrical appliances, allowing you to widen the work you are able to undertake on behalf of customers. 

  • Fundamental Inspection & Testing - This qualification allows you to inspect and test new circuits on existing installations, while also allowing you to complete new installations.

  • Periodic Inspection & Testing - Designed for experienced electricians, this course will advance your existing knowledge of the inspection and testing of circuits, allowing you to issue safety reports and recommend any additional work.

Design, Erection and Verification - Equivalent to the City & Guilds 2396 qualification, and available with all of the above on our Premier Electrical Course, this is among the very highest electrician qualifications in the industry. This covers the theory and design of electrical systems, qualifying you to design, install, test, and inspect electrical systems.

Check out our full range of electrical courses, and if you are unsure about which course is right for you, or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact a member of our team today!

See also:

Level 2 Electrical Installation Training

Level 3 Electrical Installation Training

Last Updated 05th October 2023


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