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  1. Sam Huxham

    Sam Huxham New EF Member

    Hi, need advice

    I have a btec level 3 diploma electrical/electronic installation.

    What can i do to become a fully qualified commercial electrician.

    Its been 3 years since i passed the 2 year course. Will i need to do a city and guilds course or just part p & 17th edition?

    Any help thanks
  2. Gavin John Hyde

    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    Sulis Electrical Services Ltd
    17th edition is stopping this year so do the 18th edition in the summer when exams start.
    to be fully qualified electrician you need your level 2 and 3 2365 or eal equivalent, not sure your diploma will suffice,
    Then you need to be working to do the nvq level 3 followed by the am2 as the last module, you will also need the 2391 courses now to get your jib card.
    its not a quick process but worth it if you stick it out.
    The part p is purely a building regs course, i think you mean the domestic installer schemes. with your diploma, do the 17th or 18th edition and you can join. might pay to do a level 2 testing course like the 2392. Then you can notify jobs in the domestic setting.
    i have heard about people with far less than your diploma joining the schemes so choice is yours.
  3. Sam Huxham

    Sam Huxham New EF Member

    Thanks alot, i will look into the 18th edition this summer, the only problem i have is im now 26 and have a mortgage so i will struggle finding a college course if i need to go and do the level 2 & 3 becuase i have a 50 hour a week job. My previous job was a service engineer for 4 years repairing welding machines, doing stuff such as circuit board repairs and single and 3 phase wiring
  4. Ian1981

    Ian1981 Forum Mentor

    North east
    You do not need the 2391 to achieve a gold jib card.
    The minimum standard is the NVQ level 3 for an electricians grade.
    Having initial verification and periodic inspection and testing parts of the 2391 will get you the approved electricians grade along with the NVQ 3 having spent 2 years at the electricians grade first.
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