I have had a lot of questions from people asking how to become a qualified electrician (England and Wales), so I am putting on a series of one day events to explain how you can do it.
I am currently trading very successfully as an electrician. I am fully qualified registered and legal, which I did without and further training, simply by applying what I already knew from previous jobs. The trick is knowing how to comply with all the convoluted bureaucracy.
All but very minor electrical works now has to be notified, (since January
2005) to Building Control (Building Regulations Part P). The installation must be installed or tested and certified by a registered 'Competent Person'. Becoming a registered competent person is not cheap. I have worked in the construction industry as an electrician, electrical designer, contracts / project manager for forty years plus, on all manner of electrical installations and even I would not be classed as a competent person unless I became registered.
You consider you can train / teach 'many' people, providing them with enough knowledge, to become a qualified electrician, in one day, when it took me, and many like me, a five year apprenticeship to become qualified. I think not.
Send me a list of the people who take your course so I can avoid them if I ever need any part of my installation certified.
Actually, it's installed by a 'Competent Person' or tested and certified by the Local Authority (or someone they assign) who does not need to be a 'Competent Person' (and can be a DIY-installer themselves if the Local Authority inspector is happy they know what they're doing).
However, the whole scheme is being ignored by most parties (electricians, many Building Control Officers, and the public), most of whom are not the slighest bit interested in it. The government department which introduced it have now admitted they way over-estimated the number of electrical accidents/deaths in the original Regulatory Impact Document (by including incidents due to appliance faults, which are actually the majority of incidents and not relevant for Part P).
Only when a house is sold may a test be applicable. People are taking it seriously. Heating fitters who previously would do the wiring are now getting Part P certified electricians to do it. The same with kitchen being fitted by the major chains.
My two indirect experiences of CORGI heating installations and one of a kitchen being fitted since Part P range from no observance of Part P whatsoever, to using it as an excuse not to do any of the electrical work and just plug the boiler into a socket outlet ("that's all we're allowed to do now, gov.").
No electrical test is applicable when a house is sold. Not even was one included as part of the government's now abandoned Home Condition Report.
I agree, it's not my intention to train people to be competent in one day. What I am offering is a comprehensive, impartial guide of everything you need to know to comply with the requirements. Some will need further training and experience some will not.
A five year apprenticeship is one method, but in not necessary.
I qualified as a "competant person" about a year ago and my main difficulty was finding a single source of impartial information, on what I actually had to do. I have designed this one day event therefore to provide a list of all the registering bodies, qualifications and acreditations you need. If you have anough experience and initiative, this may be all you need. I have in fact got people up and trading in one phone call. You may well need further training and experience after the day, but you will leave with a complete cheklist and plan.
I also run specific courses on all aspects of the job technical organisational and business, if you need any subsequent advice
Yes it is
No it's not, however I will point you to all the relevant information and standards you need
That depends on what qualifications and experience you already have, but that is the basic intent
Yes if you mean how to perfom work legally without being a registered "competant person"
I have an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering (BSc Hons) am a Chartered Electrical Engineer CEng) a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (MIET) (Formerly the Institute of Electrical Engineerin IEE) and am a Project Managment Profesional (PMP) registered with the Project Management Institute (PMI) a class A competent registered electrician with the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT)
I meant rather that you can't "qualify" for it, the only way to be able to 'self certify' which is what I assume is meant is to be a member of a 'select' group of trade organisations. There's no qualification as such required, you can't get this status by training or taking exams.
Not true I'm afraid, this only covers domestic (household) electrical work but I've worked on pubs, cinemas and nightclubs with no problems at all and I'm not even an electrician, more to the point, no one asked nor cared.