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This course is very similar to the City & Guilds 2365 course. Trade Skills 4U deliver the knowledge training units of this qualification following which the learner must also complete an NVQ and AM2 Assessment.

This 2357 course is the complete practical, theory, skills & qualification training you will need to become what is usually called a  fully qualified electrician. You will not need any further formal training. It contains the 9 Practical & Theory training units of the City and Guilds 2357 NVQ Diploma. It’s both workshop and classroom learning, all the good stuff you expect. (Often called the Knowledge Units). Full details on the C&G 2357 course can be found below.


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About the C&G 2357 Course, Part One.

Practical & Theory Units:

This 2357 course is the 9 Practical & Theory training units part. It’s both workshop and classroom learning, all the good stuff you expect. (Often called the Knowledge Units)

It is open to anyone aged 16 and above.

This course is the complete practical and theory skills and qualifications training you will need to become a qualified electrician. You will not do or need any further formal training. ( you may of course need to update or upgrade some of your qualifications as you gain experience)

You do not need to be employed to take 'Part One' of this 2357 qualification. (Unless you are a funded apprentice)

You are able to work as an electrician after completing this course. You will be employable; you will be skilled and qualified, you could even opt to be self employed.

The course is run one week per month for 16 months.

This part costs £6990.

The 2357 NVQ, Part Two.

You do need to be employed or under supervision to take the NVQ part of the 2357 Diploma.

It is not compulsory that you take the NVQ or AM2, though we recommend you complete your full qualification perhaps at a later date when it suits your circumstances.

The NVQ Part Two of the 2357 is often called ‘on site assessments’. Essentially it’s the part where an assessor is sent to your workplace to assess how you’re progressing; typically they visit you a number times, no matter where in Britain you live.

The cost of this part will vary depending on your experience

The Final AM2 Assessment, Part Three.

To finalise your full NVQ, you have to complete an AM2 assessment at a local AM2 centre or one near to you ( we will sort this for you) It’s a three day deal.

This part costs approx £500

It is possible to complete the whole thing in 18 months; though 3 years is more typical. It very much depends on how varied your job is to enable you to complete all the varied tasks.


City & Guilds 2357 Course content

(Edited for ease of understanding)

Managing the job (Completed in weeks 1 & 2)

This enables a candidate to understand the health and safety and environmental legislation. The candidate will be able to produce a method statement and risk assessments for each aspect of the electrical installation. The candidate will also have an understanding of managing the project as regards health and safety and timely progress.

Fundamental electrical principles (Completed in week 3)

This unit provides the background scientific knowledge to complete unit 306.

Installation practice (Completed in weeks 4 to 10)

These units enable a candidate to install the following wiring systems:

Flat profile twin & CPC (Twin & Earth)

PVC Flex

Plastic conduit and trunking with single core insulated cables

Metal conduit and trunking

Cable tray

SWA cable

CY & SY armoured flex

MICC and FP200 fire proof cables

Cat 5 and cat 6 data cables

Fibre optic data cables

The following circuits:

Lighting, 1 way, 2 way, intermediate

Socket outlet circuits – ring and radial

Power and heating circuits.

The units will cover both single phase and three phase circuits.

All aspects of practical installation are covered.

Intermediate electrical principles (Completed in week 7)

This unit provides the background scientific knowledge to complete unit 305.

Installation design (Completed during Weeks 11 -13)

These units cover cable and equipment selection including cable sizing. a large emphasise is on compliance with BS7671 and the requirements of building regulations etc. 17th Edition and Part P Building regs.

Advanced electrical principles (Completed during Weeks 14)

This unit covers both fundamental electrical principles and advanced electrical principles. The fundamental principles will have been covered in earlier weeks. This week will cover motors and the science needed to complete units 307 and 308.

Inspection and testing and fault finding (Completed during Weeks 15 & 16)

These units cover inspection and testing, certification and fault finding.


2357 Course Dates and Timings

You will receive 16 weeks of on site training at Trade Skills 4U. This will be taken 1 week a month for 15 months. Please note there will be a break for Christmas so please contact us for specific course dates.

We also offer the 2365 Course which is almost identical to the 2357 course. This course runs 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. Click Here for more info.

Paymments & Funding

How do I pay for it ? It’s quite expensive, isn’t it ?

It may seem expensive at first glance, you’ve probably never thought about what something like this would cost until this moment, but just think about what you are getting and what it can do for you.

It's an Investment not a cost.

Your investing in yourself to get a new career, you going to be able to work for an employer or more likely become self employed, become your own boss and take charge of your own life, and think of it like this, a degree would cost you £9000 per year for 3-4 years and no promise of a job.

Now this is the bit where you have to look at your options, what’s available and frankly be a little realistic.



Firstly, you can only get funding if you have a job as an electrical apprentice and your employer is willing to contribute to your training fees.

The problem with this is that you often can’t get a job if you don’t have any qualifications or skills. It’s the old argument, ‘can’t get a job without an NVQ, can’t get an NVQ without a job!

It’s a ridiculous system if you ask us, but we don’t make the rules. So our opinion is to take charge of your life yourself.

Self funding, loan

We would say the best option is to pay for Part One of the 2357 Diploma yourself, either via a ‘training loan’ or bank of mum and dad (if you’re a young person and they are willing) This way you will have skills and qualifications and will be much more attractive to take on as an electrician employee or of course you can become self employed.

Pay as you go

You can pay for the course in interest free instalments as you go along. Essentially paying a percentage of the course on the first day of each weeks training.

Think of it like this. This course will make you employable as an electrician or enable you to be self employed. To take out a loan to pay for it would be a sensible investment in yourself. When trained, skilled and qualified you can get a job and pay off the loan.

NB. It’s interesting to note if you were minded to go to University, you would end up with a huge loan to pay off typically £27,000 plus and yet many degrees carry no route to employment. So you’re being a lot more sensible with your money by paying for a qualification that enables you to work in the industry directly whether employed or self employed.


Exams and assessments

Throughout the course you will complete the various units being tested by online exams and practical assessments.


On successful completion of Part One you will receive 9 Unit Certificates of Credit. On completion of the NVQ & AM2 you will receive the full Diploma certificate.


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