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Electrician Course Overview

Opening doors you may have previously conceived as impossible! The Trades College is tailored for you. Our courses work around your current circumstances making the journey to becoming an electrician streamline, with plenty of flexibility and support from tutors that have been selected for their competence, communication skills and experience. You’re in good hands. 

Not only do we have excellent on site experience and hands on training centres, we can provide virtual reality simulations so you can continue learning from the comfort of your home! Research shows our U-tool technology increases learning speed by up to 52%, making your educational experience that much more valuable. 

All of your work will be marked by your personal tutor who will guide you through this new exciting chapter in your life. There are 2 courses to choose from which will give you the qualifications which employers actually want to see. The Trades College has a first time pass rate in excess of 97% meaning over 10,000 people become qualified each year. Now it’s your turn!

Electrician Qualifications Once Complete

The Trades College focuses on what employers want to see. With the 2 courses that you can complete with us, you receive different qualifications that can help you showcase your new found skills. These qualifications are:

Domestic Electrical Installer

  • Part P Defined Scope
  • City & Guilds 2382 – 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations
  • Part P Full Scope
  • City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Building and Structures)
  • City & Guilds 2392 – Certificate in Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification

Full Scope Electrician

  • Part P Defined Scope
  • City & Guilds 2382 – 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations
  • Part P Full Scope
  • 2391-52 Level 3 Award in inspection and testing
  • City & Guilds 2365 Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations (Building, Structures)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ
  • City & Guilds 2392 – Certificate in Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification
  • AM2 (Achievement Measurement 2) Assessment

When qualified, you will work as a fully qualified electrician running your own business or working for a firm. This entails a list of highly requested skills such as (but not limited to):

  • Testing electrical equipment
  • Carrying out periodic inspections
  • Work on commercial maintenance
  • Installing systems & equipment in homes and commercial properties
  • Installing cabling, fit electrical equipment &  test circuits in home environments
  • Much more…

Electrician Salary To Expect 

So, what can you expect in regards to salary and potential earnings? We are excited to share that for the 5th year running the salary surveys show that electricians are still earning the most of all the trades and the numbers only get better each year.

The average electricians salary in the UK is about £33,176. That’s with a 2.7% increase since last year and an established self-employed electrician is likely to earn between £35,000 – £40,000 per year with London & South East figures potentially being higher. 

Pay per hour can differ depending if you are self-employed or contracting along with what part of the country you’re working in and on your experience. In the South East and London, depending on your experience, it’s realistic for an electrician to charge £45 – £70 per hour or £180 – £350 per day. 

As a self-employed electrician or contractor you will be able to charge a day rate or fixed rate depending on the job itself and the part of the country you are working in. But as a rough guide, below is a list what you could expect to charge:

  • Consumer unit (fuse box) replacement £500 (0.5 – 1 day)
  • Electrical inspection report £90 – £180 (4 – 8 hours)
  • Install and supply a double socket £80 – £130 (1 – 3 hours)
  • Light fitting replacement £40 – £60 (0.5 – 1 hour)
  • Repair a damaged power cable £40 – £60 (0.5 – 1 hour)
  • Electric cooker installation £50 – £80 (0.5 – 1 hour)
  • Electric shower installation £250 – £400 (1 day)
  • Install an external security light £90 – £140 (1 – 3 hours)
  • EV charge point installation £200 to £300 (1 day)

When you finish your training, with The Trades College, you will receive a C&G 2365 Level 2&3 qualification. This will mean that you will then be able to command a trainee salary of up to £24K which is much more than an apprenticeship earning.

For more information check out our electrician courses page. We provide training and courses in other trades as well. Be sure to have a look and we look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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