Essential Electrical Qualifications For Engineers

If you are looking to train to become a fully qualified electrical engineer, there are a number of courses that you will need to complete.

The starting qualification for those looking to enter the industry is the City & Guilds 2330 level 2 which can be completed in around eight weeks on a full time basis and assesses trainees through practical assignments and external exams.

This qualification is the traditional entry route as it precedes the 2330 level 3 although an alternative course has been launched through the 2357 but this has not proved as popular within the industry as yet.

Once these initial qualifications have been achieved, you will have the option to expand your skills to incorporate other aspects of electrical training that will make you more employable and successful.

One essential qualification that all electricians should achieve is the City & Guilds 2377 Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course which is designed to teach engineers how to inspect and test all items of commercial electrical equipment.

Employers are required to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which holds them accountable if any danger results from the use of electrical equipment so having regular PAT inspection is a must.

Achieving the 2377 will demonstrate your competence to carry out PAT testing so you will be able to carry out these types of inspection when called upon by an employer.

PAT testing courses are usually two days long with a multiple choice exam on the final day, which is open book so as long as you are familiar with the IEE Code of Practice book trainees should not experience any problems.

Another vital qualification is the City & Guilds 2382 which aims to educate electrical engineers about the layout, content and application of the BS 7671 (2008) 17th Regulations Edition.

This three day course is completely classroom-based and again is assessed by a two hour multiple-choice examination, which is also open book so trainees must be fully aware of the 17th edition book.

Part P courses are another requirement to achieving complete electrical training and there are different structures of learning aimed at those who are already practicing and those who are starting their electrical journey.

Another crucial qualification which will round off total electrical training is the City & Guilds 2391 which gives trainees the skills and knowledge necessary to perform inspection and testing procedures.

All of these qualifications are available separately or they can be taken as a package with the main advantage being that trainees will benefit from a discounted price if all the courses are taken together.

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