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  1. Martgj90
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    Martgj90 EF Member

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    Stockport
    I'm sure this question has been asked before but it's one that has always puzzled me.

    I know some people say you aren't officially an electrician until you get your Level 3/AM2 however I've heard guys who only have C&G level 2s but have worked on domestic sites for years call themselves electricians.

    Basically is it down to your quals or down to your experience? Or maybe a bit of both haha

    Cheers
     
  2. mossep
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    mossep Regular EF Member

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    Experience, Experience, Experience! Id say 5 years after getting your NVQ 3

    Id never call someone with just their level 2 an electrician, kind of makes the whole point of the qualifications pointless.
     
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  3. buzzlightyear
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    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

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    answer ,you are not a spark until you are the write qualifications .
    because if you can make bread does not mean you are a baker ,and the list goes on .I can knock a nail in does it mean I'm a joiner.
     
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  4. Pete999
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    Pete999 Forum Mentor

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    Managers where I used to work called Blokes with BS7671 updates Electricians, mind you 100% of these Managers couldn't to find the Lavvy without ask for help.
     
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  5. TJ Anderson
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    TJ Anderson Forum Mentor

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    JIB grade people as Electricians and that means something to most employers. Certainly does where I work.

    You can call yourself what you like though, Electrician is not a protected term.

    I'm think we've had a similar thread recently and it may have been Spinlondon that stated a definition that if you are getting paid for carrying out electrical works you can call yourself an Electrician...
     
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  6. Pete999
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    Pete999 Forum Mentor

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    What's that Buzz Write your own qualifications? note to oneself pack inavin ago at BL it's not nice, but all in fun no harm intended, I love you Buzz your bad spelling makes my day, I'm easily pleased by the way :tongue:
     
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  7. Archy Styrigg
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    Archy Styrigg Forum Mentor

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    I believe that the etymology of Electrician is a Magician with electricity.
    Having seen some of the appalling installations that have been posted on here recently, some people certainly are magical in the way that they can turn electrical crap into cash!
     
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  8. SJD
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    SJD Forum Mentor

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    Or maybe when your membership cheque to NICEIC is cashed?
     
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  9. littlespark
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    littlespark Electrician's Arms

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    Being able to connect up a socket doesn’t make you an electrician. It hardly makes you a plumber, but they do try....
     
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  10. SparkdogMillionaire
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    SparkdogMillionaire New EF Member

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    I would say as a minimum once you have achieved the criteria to get yourself a JIB gold card, but then again, experience and knowledge can often trump quals!
     
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  11. Martgj90
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    Martgj90 EF Member

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    Yeah I was going to say that I can imagine sometimes an electricians mate of 10 years + who never did his level 3 would be more of an electrician than someone who has done little other than his full quals. I'm only learning myself though so I don't know the score really!
     
  12. sam400
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    sam400 Regular EF Member

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    sussex
    I’ve got a JIB gold card but it’s got ‘Electrical chancer’ written on it,
     
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