Choosing The Right Electrical Qualification For 2012

The start of 2011 was quite a difficult time for most electrical trainees with the launch of the QCF and all of the new qualifications which were being introduced to fit in with the framework of the QCF.

There were changes announced across a whole suite of qualifications and in particular, big changes to electrical qualifications which have meant that any learner now looking for a career within the electrical industry would need to undertake work based assessment as mandatory (as well as the standard Centre/College based Tuition/Assessment/Exams etc) in order to achieve a qualification in full.

The industry welcomed the C&G 2357 - Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment.

Many training centres promptly went ahead and built a package of learning whereby individuals could achieve the new C&G 2357 in stages, broken down into Knowledge Units, Performance Units and an Independent Assessment Unit.

With many centres ready to go and with electrical courses booked for the new qualification, there was last minute notification that the \'end\' dates of the existing City & Guilds 2330 electrical qualifications were to be extended until July 2012!

Training centres again adjusted to the news and decided to run both electrical qualifications giving students the choice of how they wanted to qualify for the electrical industry and as time went on, the C&G 2330 qualifications won the day as they proved to be, for adult learners anyway, the more convenient courses and qualifications to have to gain access to the electrical industry.

So trainers began to deliver electrical courses, predominantly the C&G 2330 option but still preparing for the change to come in July 2012 but then training providers were told that the registration dates on these qualifications (C&G 2330 Levels 2 & 3) have been extended further to 31st January 2013.

So again, a delay in the complete changeover to the new QCF electrical qualifications and here is why:

This decision has been made for a number of reasons including:

• Feedback from centres, trade associations and employers
• To provide some stability for C&G centres
• Changes in the current regulatory requirements notably the decision by OFQUAL to continue the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
• The availability of building services qualifications approved outside the Summit Skills footprint
• The current economic climate making it difficult for learners on the new QCF qualifications to gain evidence towards Performance Units

Get in touch with a training provider today, if you are looking to take electrical courses in 2012.

Able Skills provide training through electrical courses and plumbing courses. Able Skills have opened an Energy Saving Training Centre to provide approved training on the installation of energy efficient forms of heating and lighting. Visit the website at for more information.

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