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How to become an electrician in the UK?


To become an electrician in the UK you will need to combine training, experience and a final assessment. This can typically be completed as:
  • An apprenticeship over 4 years
  • By breaking the elements down into more manageable steps over a 2-3 year period (Diploma. NVQ & AM2)

Our 4 Steps Approach

Our 4 Steps approach allows you to front load the training elements to gain the skills to break into the electrical industry and find work. We start with domestic electrics and then each stage takes you closer to becoming a registered electrician.


Previously the electrical industry has treated the domestic installer route and qualified electrician route as two separate routes to work within the electrical industry.

A trained Domestic Installer would have to repeat learned knowledge and skills if they later decide to become fully qualified. Often adult learners on the Domestic Installers route were unable to progress to become fully qualified as they can’t commit to the longer program from the start and couldn't transfer credits for what they have already learned on the domestic Installers route to the Diploma, this was an obvious problem as it discourages people to progress their skills and knowledge to become fully qualified. Our 4 Steps program fixes that problem. 


A Unique Approach

Our 4 Steps approach enables and encourages those who want to work as electricians to progress beyond the Domestic Installers route. 

Everyone starts at the same point; everyone is on the City & Guilds 2365 Diploma program leading to the NVQ. We begin with the relevant Domestic modules of the Level 2 & 3 Diploma qualification and progress to the more in depth electrical science and knowledge units. 

Step On Step Off, You're In Control

What is different about our program to what you might see elsewhere is that there are Step Off points to enable people to Step Off the whole Diploma program and Step On again when experience has been gained in the workplace. The Step Off points are shown in the diagram above so you are able to learn in bite size bits as suits your budget and time commitments. 

We listen to what the Industry needs 

We have developed this program after listening to those in the industry who were concerned that many people were practicing as electricians when really, they were skilled up to competent Domestic Installers level only. This program encourages you to progress further beyond a competent installer, if you want to be a qualified and registered electrician. 

Progress from Beginner, to Domestic Installer, to Registered Electrician! 


Ultimately this program is designed for adult learners in its flexibility, to reflect their typical time constraints of family and financial commitments and enables you to change your life and join a vibrant industry which currently adult learners find difficult to join. 

Our 4 Step Diploma program v the Traditional apprenticeship


Firstly, let us point out, the skills and knowledge learned in both programs are fundamentally the same, electrics is electrics, both qualification routes contain the same content, they have to in order to comply with the City & Guilds standards to achieve the qualification. Key difference is we do not do level 2 Maths and English this is a requirement of the apprenticeship. 

The ‘differences’ between the two programs are, how they are delivered, in what time frame, to who they are focused, the big difference is employment. To do an apprenticeship, you need a job, an employer to be an apprentice to, obviously. On our 4 Step programs, you don’t. Getting a job comes after your training, or typically for many people, during your training. 


The Two Routes Compared

The How, The Who Benefits, The Disadvantages

The 4 Step Program

  • The focus is the adult candidate, who brings life and workplace experience. This program would not be appropriate to the typical 16-19-year-old. 
  • Candidate doesn’t need a job at the start, it can be self funded. 
  • The Diploma is delivered in two week full time blocks with two week intervals to gain paid work experience.
  • Our data shows over 90% obtain paid work and experience during their training. 
  • The front loading of relevant practical installations learning enables the candidate to be a useful employee and gives value to the employer’s business early in the training course.  
  • Modern training methods as used in all Universities. A mix of Traditional face to face in centre learning and Web-based learning known as ‘Blended learning’ meaning, webinars, recorded and live video tutorials, online personalised mentoring, web based assessments and progression monitoring. e-tutoring, e-mentoring, e-learning. Saves ‘In-Centre’ time, expensive in terms of time and money for the candidate. 
  • Candidates are fully supported all the way through. Candidates can gather evidence for Online digital NVQ earlier in training, enabling earlier and quicker NVQ progression. Typically 12-18 months from the start of NVQ Registration at Step 3. 
  • Candidate progresses through Diploma with valued learning and quickly without wasting time, progresses through NVQ earlier, is able to undertake AM2 earlier.
  • Candidate becomes properly trained and self-sufficient in workplace much earlier, typically within 1 year of start. 

The Traditional Apprenticeship 

  • The focus is the 16-19 year old, typically no previous work experience or relevant life experience. 
  • With a well funded, properly compliant employer, the traditional apprenticeship is the preferable model for the young person (with improvements). 
  • The candidate has to have a supportive employer with at least a minimum paid job and funded support from the start. 
  • Candidate relies on the employer to be a part time fully knowledgeable tutor, though typically has skills and knowledge gaps. 
  • Candidate relies on the employer to show best practice compliant with regulations and not use the candidate as merely low paid labourer. The 3-4 year program is dictated by the funding model of the FE College and not best learning models or methods. 
  • Typically a 1 day a week during a traditional education year inc term holidays, meaning typically 36 days.
  • Learning model is inefficient, slow, difficult to motivate progress in candidates, involves a significant amount of recapping at each tutorial day, longer involved tutorial projects cant be undertaken in centre during one day. 
  • Candidate is typically not of real value to the employer until Year 3, and drop out rates are relatively high meaning financial and time risks for the employer in supporting an apprentice. 
  • Gathering of proper evidence for NVQ cannot take place until Knowledge Unit is claimed, real installation and relevant work skills learning doesn’t take place until late in Year 1 or mid Year 2, meaning typical students don’t start on NVQ proper until late in Year 2. 
  • Candidates are unable to work effectively until year 3 and do not present proper value to employer until year 4 at earliest. 

What is An NVQ?

An NVQ is not a training programme it is an assessment framework that assess your skills in the workplace. When you have completed your portfolio there is one last assessment known as an AM2 assessment which is the final bit to show you really know your stuff. For those training with us on the C&G 2365 course you will need both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma, the NVQ and the Final AM2 to gain gold card status.

Most people take 2-3 years to complete an NVQ however it can be completed much quicker if you have a lot of variety in your job or if you have been working for some time and already have the supporting evidence required from previous jobs.

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