There are many ways to become an electrician, you can try and get on an apprenticeship scheme or you can train at a local college or training centre and of course there is the distance learning option, all are great routes into this exciting industry. Becoming an electrician is a very good move and will reward you with job security too. Someone somewhere is always looking for an electrician to carry out tasks around the home or indeed a business premises. They really are in high demand and are needed not just here in the UK but all over the world including Canada, New Zealand and Australia to name just three.
So hopefully throughout this article I will try and explain to you all about electrician courses and what the best options are that would suit different circumstances. Electrician training courses are usually taken at training centres so I’ll discuss these first.
I’ve heard of training centres, but what do they involve?
Well, training centres have been around for a while now and are a great option if you’re planning on becoming an electrician. Training centres have been purpose built especially for the construction industry so that students can get trained up for many different trades.
You’ll find training centres all over the UK so there is definitely going to be one near to you or a short distance away. If however you discover that your closest training centre is quite a distance away maybe staying in a B&B while you train might be a good option for you, this way you’ll have more time to spend on your training and not on travelling, you’ll also cut down on travelling expenses.
No formal entry requirements are needed to train to become an electrician you can begin your course as soon as you like.
The theory side of your training will take place in the classrooms and the practical will take place in the workshops. You’ll be trained up by experts who will know their trade inside and out. Make sure though that your training centre is City &Guilds accredited, this is a must because all your training must meet with their standards and will receive their certificate at the end of your training. This certificate is your proof that you are fully competent at your job and know all that there is to know about electrics and safety.
Full time and part time courses!
There is the option of full and part time courses so that everyone has an equal opportunity to train when they can fit it in with their daily lives. So don’t worry if you cannot commit yourself full time, some people are training while still working and have to fit training in when they have days or weekends off. The training centres will give you the opportunity to work Mondays to Fridays and also weekends and evenings, so whatever time suits you best you can put into your training.
If you’re planning on going for the full time course then you can expect to finish the course in 4 to 8 weeks, it really all depends on how much time you can commit to your training.
Part time courses allow you to be more flexible with your training for whatever reasons, for example, family, jobs etc. This allows you to work at your own pace and still get up to the same standards as someone who took the full time option. You can spread your course over months and sometimes even years depending again on how much time you have to put into your studies.
Your training centre will be fully equipped with all the latest mod cons including air conditioning in the classrooms this will make your training experience much more comfortable.
Training centres are extremely hands on so that you get to really experience life as an electrician and this will make the whole experience enjoyable. You’ll start at the very beginning and gradually work your way up. So you’ll be going into the training centre as a student and will leave as an expert at their trade.
You’ll then be fully equipped to begin your new career as a fully qualified electrician.
Your course covers all you’ll need to know to start your life as an electrician, the courses will include:
· Level 1 Certificate in Electrical Installation
· Level2/3 Diploma in Electrical Installations
These courses will act as your springboard to other qualifications so that you can keep adding to your portfolio. These courses will also help you to get on an apprenticeship scheme or if you’re looking to become a trainee. Where you start your training from will be determined by how little or how much experience you already have in the electrician’s world. Obviously if you’re a total beginner then you’ll have to start at the very beginning and work your way up the scale.
Some organisations agree that to really understand your trade better you should look for a work placement as soon as you start training. This will enable you to put all the theory you would have been learning about in the classrooms into practice, all this will greatly improve your chances at doing very well in the practical parts of your Diploma. Ask your local college or raining centre if they can help you find someone willing to take you on.
If you’re already an electrician but don’t at this moment have any qualifications then you could have your knowledge, experience and skills assessed against the current electrician qualifications. The results will depend on how well you do and if all goes well you will receive your qualifications. Once again your local college and training centre will be able to help you with this.
All about the classrooms and the workshops
The classrooms is where all the theory takes place and is where you’ll learn all about electricians and their day to day life. You’ll be taught by qualified instructors who will know their industry like the back of their hand and they will demonstrate to you how to carry out different tasks. You’ll be taught all the underpinning that you could ever need to know and of course all the health and safety regulations that an electrician needs to know. You’ll need to understand all of this before you can enter the workshops where all the action is. It’s in the workshops where you will see what exactly electricians need to do in their working lives for example, maintaining and repairing electrical services like sockets, fire alarms, heating controls as well as carrying out work indoors and outdoors, reading engineering drawings and reading building drawings with so much more.
All the equipment you’ll need is all at hand so that you don’t have to worry about tools and books. This all makes for quick training with no delays, so you can just put all your effort into training with no worries about other things. You can just concentrate on our training.
How much do electrician courses cost?
Electrician courses can be quite expensive with prices ranging from £4,000 and £6,000, what you should consider is that yes it does seem to be quite expensive, but, in the long term when you are earning good money and remember electricians do earn very good money, you’ll get all this back and so much more on top too. So try and think of the expense as an investment in your future, spend now but get it all back with bonuses later on when you become an electrician. Try and remember electricians are in very high demand so chances are you’ll never be without work, you’ll have job security and a job for life.
What about long distance courses and short intensive courses?
They are both a very good choice especially if you have other commitments and cannot commit to training centres. They are a good way of introducing yourself to the electrician’s world but on the other hand they may not be able to really connect you with the practical skills you’ll need in your working life as an electrician. So if you are planning on enrolling for either of these types of courses make sure you know exactly how much time is given to cover all the practical sides of the course and work placements. Also make sure they are Industry recognised with City &Guilds for example.
Ok so there we are I’ve just about come to the end, I really hope you’ve learned much more about electrician courses and hopefully you might have an idea as to which route will be the best way for you into this industry. Becoming an electrician is a great choice, and one which I’m sure, you’re not going to regret. So let me wish you the best of luck and enjoy your training!