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How long does it take to train as an electrician?

Electricians play a critical role in modern construction, and their expertise is highly sought after, making it a promising career path. However, the duration it takes to become a qualified electrician depends on the level of qualification one wants to achieve.


For instance, a Level 2 Electrical course takes approximately 3 – 5 Months to complete and provides beginners with the foundational knowledge, practical skills, and technical understanding necessary to progress to Level 3. Completing a Level 3 course, which takes about 5 – 8 Months, offers an advanced understanding and certification needed to start working as an electrician.


All electricians require an electro-technical qualification and a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electro-Technical Systems and Equipment. The timescales for completing this qualification can vary depending on factors such as prior experience. However, on average, it typically takes candidates between 9 to 12 months to complete the 2357 NVQ. This qualification is a crucial step in becoming a fully qualified electrician and is often required for obtaining relevant industry certification.


At The Guilds, we offer comprehensive training and support to help candidates successfully complete their Electrical courses and achieve their career goals.

For individuals with prior experience in the industry, an Experienced Worker Assessment could reduce the amount of time spent training. After a pre-assessment and a profiling session, their level of knowledge and competence will determine the time it takes to complete the training.


The highest industry-regulated competency-based qualification is the JIB Gold Card indicating that an individual has completed a formal qualification combining technical theory with practical assessments to an NVQ Level 3 standard. Electricians who want to carry out work unsupervised need to hold a Gold Card.


Alternatively registering with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) is common for electricians, as it signifies a high skill level. For electricians working on construction sites, a CSCS Card is necessary, which requires passing a health, safety, and environment test (HS&E).


In summary, becoming a qualified electrician can take between 18 – 24 Months, depending on the level of qualification pursued. However, for determined learners, the training duration can be reduced through hard work.

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