How To Become An Electrical Engineer In 2012

If you are looking to train to become an electrician next year, there are a number of qualification changes to be aware of.

The City & Guilds 2357 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment is an alternative qualification route that trainees can now take in order to enter the electrical industry.

This qualification was introduced in 2011 and is expected to eventually replace the City & Guilds 2330 although both courses are available alongside each other as the industry modernises its learning structure.

The City & Guilds 2357 is similar to its predecessor but effectively encompasses sophisticated learning techniques which are more relevant to the increasingly advanced electrical industry.

Although this new qualification is more advanced, the core knowledge required, such as the science, calculations and methodology, to become an electrician has remained the same.

The main changes that trainees should be aware of include an incorporation of renewable technologies, like solar photovoltaic, into the studying which demonstrates the direction that the electrical industry is taking.

How trainees are assessed through exams and live assessment has also modernised so anyone that has already studied on electrical courses in the past should recognise the changes that have taken place.

The City & Guilds 2357 qualification is available in various forms at most private training centres but many further education colleges are yet to commit to providing flexible learning times.

If you already have a job but want to change career and enter the electrical industry taking part time or evening courses may be your only option to achieving a recognised qualification so it is important to find a centre that offers this type of training.

Private training providers are not reliant on government funding so they are free to allocate their training hours in a way that can suit the various requirements of their students.

It is also important to recognise that the practical nature of electrical training means that studying from home is not a realistic option as a student will need to have an instructor on hand at all times to help facilitate advanced learning.

If you are serious about becoming a fully qualified electrician, then discovering the right training provider for you is an essential part of beginning your journey into the industry.

You can always check the internet for reviews but the best way to assess a training centre is to visit the provider in person in order to talk to staff, current students and examine the facilities firsthand.

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