I am a lift engineer in Poland.
Is there any website explaining (in simple way) the UK's system of
electrical certification? In other words: what should one do to be able to
work as an electrician (the scope would be putting into work (if these are
the correct words for this activity) and maintaining instalations but also
I am pretty sure that Polish papers will not do :-)
To write change "to_nie_ten_adres" -> "jakubwedrowycz"
Serdecznie Witamy (?) Welcome (back) to Europe :-)
There is no requirement to have any qualifications to be an
electrician in the UK. However, there is a requirement for someone who
works on office, factory, etc installations to be 'competent' and this
usually means holding recognised qualifications. If you are
self-employed it may also be an advantage to be a member of a
professional organisation such as NICEIC (National Inspection Council
for Electrical Installation Contractors) or ECA (Electrical
Contractors Association). You will also have to have appropriate
Public Liability Insurance.
There is also a proposal to bring electrical work under the Building
Regulations, which would mean that approved electrical contractors
would be able to self-certify that their work meets the requirements
of the Building Regulations. The alternative would be to pay a fee to
have the work inspected by a local authority building control
department, or other approved private sector building inspector. This
is only a proposal at present, and applies to England and Wales but
NOT to Scotland.
If you wished to join the NICEIC (which is NOT compulsory) and set up
your own business as a jobbing electrical contractor, their
City & Guilds 2380/2381 (16th Edition) Certificate*- this covers
designing installations to meet the wiring regulations
City & Guilds 2391 (Inspection, Testing and Certification) Certificate
- this is required to be able to sign off installations as tested.
They also require the following test equipment:
The following equipment is the minimum required for testing:
1. Voltage Indicating Device
2. Earth Continuity Tester
3. Insulation Resistance Tester
4. Earth Fault Loop Impedance Tester
5. Residual Current Device Tester
6. Suitable Leads for live tests, for items 4 and 5 above
An All-in-one Instrument combines the first 5 items, and costs
around GBP 700, but competent electrical contractors should already
have this equipment.
There have been several discussions in the uk.d-i-y (Do-It-Yourself)
newsgroup with enthusiasts who have considered a career change (from
IT or whatever) to becoming an electrician. You may find it useful to
read through these threads - the google URL points to the first
message in the thread. Click on "view complete thread".
I am interested in becoming an electrician and wanted to know what
qualifications were needed. (from 2001, may have been some changes
What Qualifications needed for fitting other peoples domestic
UK? [from 2003]
Can I work as a freelance electrician?
Testing wiring - who can issue certificates?
Domestic electricity regulations for installation
Examples of C&G 2381 test paper questions
The UK.diy newsgroup has an informative FAQ about the British
You might also find useful the Non-US Electrical Systems and Trades
To work as a basic electrical installation operative, possibly under
the guidance of a supervising electrician, a copy of the IEE On-Site
Guide might be useful:
The guide is a practical guide to the Wiring Regulations and is the
adopted text for many college and training courses for electricians /
electrical installation. "The IEE On-site Guide" enables the competent
electrician to deal with small installations, such as domestic houses
and small premises.
The Wiring Regulations are published by the Institution of Electrical
they have a branch in Poland at
The IEE would be the people to contact if you want to work at a
Chartered Engineer (post-graduate qualification) level in the
and an online discussion formum (General Professional and Technical)
U¿ytkownik "Owain" napisa³ w wiadomo¶ci
Your answers gave me information I could not find on my own and threw light
on the issue.
Thank you all for your time and effort (esp. "Owain" - this was impressive