A New Future With Electrical Certifications
Want A Successful New Career - Why Not Become an Electrician?
Electricity is one of the most important aspects of modern life. Both commercially and domestically we need good electricians. As there are many different jobs within the industry, the nature of an electrician's work will depend on the type of specialist training they've had. Approximately three percent of the UK's GNP can be attributed to the electrical industry. If you've thought about moving into electrical work, now is a great time to gain your skills and qualifications.
Will It Suit Me?
People often question whether they'd be any good in this role. If you're a practical, reasoning sort of person and are good with your hands you'll be off to a fine start. As safety is paramount, you need to be logical and well disciplined. As a good deal of your work will be unaccompanied, you need to be happy to work on your own. You'll also need a good head for heights, as work isn't always at ground level! And ultimately, anyone looking to start their own business must be focused and motivated.
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The driving force to get back into training is often motivated by a person's goal to work for themselves. Most newly qualified adult electrical workers choose to either work for themselves, or on a contract basis. And as the need for electrical work in peoples' homes continues unabated, it's likely to continue. There are people who train to do part time electrical work when their existing work is a bit light. Finally some just want to be able to carry out electrical work in their own homes.
The beauty of doing electrical work is that every good job you do will be talked about by your clients. Obviously, the same goes for any bad experience they have! Your chosen college should give you all the technical expertise, but do remember to maintain a good attitude whenever you're working for others.
It's normal for employee electrical workers to put in around a 40 hr week - sometimes with extra overtime. And according to SalaryTrack, last year the average employed electrical worker earned between 24K and 29K a year.
In contrast, domestic electrical contractors working for themselves should earn a good deal more, but they'll also have to put in more flexible hours. They will need to take their overheads into account as well though.
Choosing The Ideal Training Path For You
The professional industry bodies offering the most regarded certifications are EAL and C&G. In addition, teenagers doing C&G exams at technical colleges will find working assignments to complete their more practical NVQ's. They're looking at a number of years before qualifying on this track. Mature entrants generally study courses in their own time on a partly distance-learning basis. This type of coursework prepares students mostly for domestic jobs, so negates the need for the more extended NVQ's. Private electrical training companies can get students through their courses and on their way in a matter of months. Of course it means fewer certifications, but nevertheless students gain sufficient knowledge and skill (and the relevant certificates) for the field they'll be working in.
Although course contents will vary slightly, every level 2 EAL Domestic Installer Course will follow a proven track. You'll be taught a basic understanding of electrical wiring in the home and standard safety procedures. You'll be prepared for the EU Building Regulations qualification known as Part P.
Every practising electrician must also attain the C&G 2382 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations Certificate, so training will be included for this too. You could also be taught and assessed to carry out various other tasks that together will allow you to complete and self-certify domestic electrical work.
Allow up to about five hundred hours all in to complete your training, which will be a combination of practical workshops and home study. Training will give you confidence and ultimately success - as you'll never be stuck for work with such in-demand skills.