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A 6 Step Training Pathway for Electrical Installers in Domestic and Commercial Environments

"Any electric shock above 80mA can kill."

These were the words of our Electrical Installations Training Manager, Bob Skilton.

We sat down with him ahead of this, our final Electrical Safety Month blog entry.

That is the reality that any electrician must keep in mind when designing, installing, inspecting and verifying electrical installations.

But how do you develop your understanding or best practice as an electrician?

Where to Start...

It is recognised within Building Regulations Part P that best practice for working electricians is to register with a national body such as National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) or NAPIT to name two. However, in order to get to this point, any prospective electrician must complete an industry standard NVQ level course at a recognised college. 

Building Regulations Part P does specify a need for electricians to self-certify compliance with said document whenever making any 'notifiable' works.

Regardless of whether you are an individual or an enterprise registered to self-certify, there are a number of regulations and standards that tackle the subject of electrical safety that you / your team should be working to. 

The main points of reference being:

These are statutory documents and must be adhered to. 

An example of non-statutory best practice is the Requirements for Electrical Installations - The IET Wiring Regulations BS7671 - 18th Edition.

Reading, reciting and learning these documents is a worthy use of a practising electrician's time, however, as a training provider, we are aware that not everyone finds it easy to learn this way. 

With the majority of Electrical Installation qualifications, come a whole host of pre-requisites and suggested learnings that delegates should undertake before attending a training course. 

So where could you start with PPL Training?

Below, we have drawn up a development pathway taking into account our existing course offering to help you get started.

PPL Training Electrical Installations Training Pathway

There are specific courses for specialist environments / applications such as Emergency Lighting, EV Charging, Fire Detection and Alarms Systems (Domestic and Commercial).

It is important to remember that even if you were to do every one of our electrical installations training courses, it doesn’t make you an electrician. 

The only way to become a certified electrician with one of the national bodies such as the NICEIC and gain a JIB card is to complete industry standard NVQ level training at a recognised college.

Supplement your knowledge...

As a City & Guilds Approved training provider, we deliver the suite of courses above to supplement your knowledge and continue your professional development.

So, whether you are looking to get started with City & Guilds Assured training, supplement your knowledge with City & Guilds qualifications, or gain industry specific certifications from our Fire Safety training courses, PPL Training is well placed to help you.