Electrician Qualifications Needed


If you are thinking about becoming an electrician then it is important that you understand the electrical qualifications that you need to be able to achieve this. In the UK City and Guilds are the recognised qualifications body that provides the electrical qualifications required to become an electrician.

To become a qualified electrician you will require a minimum of NVQ at level 3 in electrical installation and also demonstrate competence in the workplace. Once you have successfully completed the City and Guilds courses you will have all of the technical and practical knowledge and skills to enter the workplace and potential employers should recognise this.

To be considered a fully qualified you will need to demonstrate your abilities to an examiner in the workplace. This would be done via an onsite inspection by an examiner at your workplace and therefore in order to become a fully qualified electrician you will need to have access to a workplace.

Below we have listed the popular electrical qualifications that you can take from City & Guilds that will help you get on your way towards a career as an electrician.

City and Guilds 2330 – this qualification replaced the C&G 2351 and is considered a solid qualification which provides students with a good understanding of electrical science, installation theory and practical activities. This is now being replaced by the C&G 2357 electrical qualification.

City and Guilds 2356 – was introduced as both a Level 2 and Level 3 electrical qualification but now it is just a Level 3 qualification. Whilst not necessary it is recommended that you also complete the City & Guilds 2330 when doing this qualification. This qualification will be replaced by the C&G2357 in the near future.

City and Guilds 2357 – this qualification has been recently introduced and is designed to replace the City and Guilds qualifications 2330 and 2356 where it is meant to combine both of the qualifications into one.

Part P – is part of the building regulation series and covers electrical installations and the requirements are set out in Part P. The regulations are enforceable in the same way as other building regulations are and your local building control office polices it.

17th Edition – this is a set of wiring regulations that are set out by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Anybody that works with electrical installations or wiring inside buildings will be affected by these regulations including students aiming to become electricians.

If you would like to find out more information on electrical qualifications that are required to become an electrician please read the other related pages in the Qualifications section.