Frequently Asked Questions

How To Become An Electrician

Q: What qualifications do you need to become a qualified electrician?

A: Firstly make sure any course is industry-recognised. A City & Guilds course is a good start and then aim for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme competence card as it is now almost impossible to gain access to a construction site without proof of identification, your competence and qualification levels.


Q: How to get my first job?

A: After obtaining your qualification try and secure work in the industry. Electricians start as “labourers”, or “mates”, the next level is called an “improver”. They work with electricians, handing them cables, doing initial building work (chasing out etc), talking to clients – everything except the actual wiring. Without these skills, employers are unlikely to consider you when you become qualified.


Q: Where to look for job opportunities?

A: The contacts and job opportunities you’ll get from doing this are potentially huge. The Electrical Contractors’ Association website, www.eca.co.uk  or specialist recruitment sites are great places to start.