Learn Which Electrical Courses Are Right For You

Electrical trainees need to be aware of how the introduction of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) has changed the way qualifications are achieved within the industry.

Before the implentation of the QCF, the traditional route into the electrical industry was through completing the City & Guilds 2330 Electrotechnical certificates at both levels 2 and 3.

The 2330 qualification was supposed to be replaced by the recent introduction of the City & Guilds 2357 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment but it will now remain in place until January 31st 2013 at least.

Trainees may choose to take either qualification to gain access to the electrical industry because, although the 2330 will eventually be phased out, it still remains the most accepted avenue into the sector.

Both qualifications are industry accredited with the 2357 possibly having an advantage over the 2330 because it includes aspects of renewable energy technology which are becoming more popular.

Finding where to take either of these qualifications can prove difficult as some further education colleges are no longer providing trade training courses due to budget cuts brought about by the current economic climate.

Private training providers are able to offer a wide range of electrical qualifications because they are not dependent on government finances in the same was that further education colleges are.

Such training centres can provide part-time, weekend or evening electrical courses for those people who are currently in full-time employment or have other commitments but still want to train to be an electrician in their spare time.

Learning how to become a fully qualified electrician from experienced instructors is essential as the level of training that you receive will impact on how good an engineer you will initially become.

Always make certain that the training providers you select have appropriately qualified instructors that are able to teach using the latest technologies and equipment in their facilities.

If you want to take the 2357 qualification, you must ensure that a training centre has the capability to teach the renewable energy section of the course with realistic solar photovoltaic panel rigs.

Those people that want to take the 2330 route should check that a training centre has plenty of experience of delivering these courses as they have been the industry standard for years.

One way to guarantee that a training centre meets your requirements is to visit the provider in person to talk about your needs with the current instructors.

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 http://www.ableskills.co.uk/ for more details.

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