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As an experienced electrician, you will be responsible for testing, fitting and repairing the electrical circuit and wire which are found in the business and homes. Your work may vary from fitting a shower in a bathroom to laying cabling.

Your duties and responsibilities would normally include:-

  • performing a first installation which is known as 'first fix' for fitting wiring
  • fitting circuit breakers, boxes and earth terminals
  • functioning plans to fit sockets, wiring and points
  • take points and plug sockets for increasing the back boxes
  • implementing 'second fix' for connecting switches, lighting appliances and sockets

On business projects your duties and responsibilities will be on superior level, for instance:

  • setting up security systems and fire alarms like CCTV
  • examining and testing wiring equipments and systems
  • fitting mistakes painted by examination
  • linking office equipments to computer networks and power supplies

Check the career profile of Industrial Electrician for further information in manufacturing and engineering.


To meet the criteria as an electrician, you should have Electro technical Service National Vocational Qualification (Level 3) which is honored by EMTA Awards Limited and City and Guilds (2356). If you don't have National Vocational Qualification and you are working in the industry you can refer the training and development section.

You can also succeed through an Apprenticeship Scheme with an electrical contractor. The apprenticeship range will depend on the market and variety of skillfulness the employer requires from the workers.

If you are not employed in industry and not entitled for an apprenticeship scheme, you can learn some practical skills and theory which is required for National Vocational Qualification i.e. NVQ. Though, to become fully skilled you have to complete your work based NVQ (National Vocational Qualification).

There is a tough contest for the places on the course, and college admission requirement will frequently include an aptitude test. Because of health and safety regulations, if you are color blind you might not be able to complete a training course. Verify with your chosen college about the limitations and whether they can present you with color vision judgment test.

Industry bodies powerfully suggest that you achieve a employment or placement with an electrical contractor as soon as possible after you begin the technical certificate, so that you can complete the National Vocational Qualification. Your training provider may help you in giving placements but you can also contact the companies directly.

  • From September 2010, the 2356 and 2330 credentials will be reinstated bye the Diploma in Electro technology (course code: 2357). You can check the City and Guilds website for more details.

    Overseas qualified electricians:

    You must be register with the Electro technical Card Scheme (ECS) if you are experienced as an electrician outside UK. Following are the three steps to be followed while registering:

    • make contact with UK NARIC to learn what your qualification are equivalent to in the United Kingdom
    • complete City and Guilds 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (2382)
    • pass the ECS Health and Safety Assessment

    You are also require to get in touch with self certification training providers below for information about how to meet up with the requirement of Part P of Building Regulations.

    Electrician with ore-1996 qualifications

    If you are experienced electrician before the introduction of National Vocational Qualifications you must get in touch with Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry(JIB), who will access your ability and experience to conclude on whether you meet the necessities or not. They will be capable of telling you if you are required to take more qualification.


    You can be eligible by taking EMTA Awards Limited, City and Guilds (2356) and Electro technical Services National Vocational Qualification (Level 3) if you are employed in an industry.

    The NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) contains some options but installation work; you will take the Electrical Installation (Building and Structures) option.

    Your employer might tell you to take the following qualifications:

    • 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations: City and Guilds 2382
    • Certificate in Inspection, Testing Electrical Installations

    Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

    If your job entails performing portable appliance testing which is known as PAT testing, you will require relevant training to do so. The frequent alternative is City and Guilds In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (2377), yet, any course that is conventional to the IEE Codes of Practice can be appropriate.

    You don't necessarily have to be experienced electrician to perform PAT testing; however, you would require to be considered a 'proficient person'. This is normally demonstrated by qualification and/or relevant experience. Visit PAT Testing Information website for further information.

    Electrical Safety and Part P

    Part P of the Building Regulations mentions that assured kind of domestic electrical work must be approved by a building inspector or certified contractor. You can certify your own work by finishing a short Part P training Scheme. You may check the Part P contact below for more information about certification training, information about electrical work and entry requirements.

    Entry requirement for a scheme will depend on your experience and qualification. Some providers present extra training if you require, for example, Wiring Regulations 17th Edition.

    Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme

    The objective of Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme is to deal with skills shortages within the built heritage sector and traditional crafts, by presenting bursaries and managing work based teaching placements for qualified candidates.

    You need to check the website of Traditional Building, Skills Bursary Scheme, to know more about the scheme, availability of placements and eligibility.

    Environmental Technologies

    The government has newly laid down the targets for superior energy efficiency in an offer to conflict climate change. With further training, you might be able to set up and maintain renewable energy technologies like solar electric system. To get more about this growing area of work, see the Summit Skills websites, the Environmental Technologies section.


    • ability to work effectively with the hand and power tools
    • capable of following the technical instructions and drawing
    • ability to pay attention towards details
    • ability to remain up-to-date with industries development
    • ability to work as a team player and without supervision
    • deep knowledge of electrical safety rules and regulations
    • excellent communication skills


    • Preliminary salaries can be up to £ 20,000 each year.
    • If you are having experience, this can rise to between £ 24,000 and £ 30,000.
    • Skilled electricians with professional grading can earn over £ 32,000 each year.


    You will basically work for more than 36 hours every week, with the overtime's possibility. You may be the part of on-call system or work in shifts.

    You will mainly spend your time in business premises and inside homes. The job entails traveling or some agreement might involve overnight stays far away from home.


    You will find the job opportunities in manufacturing and engineering companies, building firms and electrical contractors, local authorities, kitchen, bathroom and shop fitting companies etc. Self-employment t is other alternative.

    If you are experienced, you can get into the management and supervisory role in all areas of electrical work. You may also find opportunities in electrical estimating and contract management.

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