How Changes To Electrical Qualfications Can Affect You

Training to register as a qualified electrical domestic supervisor might be confusing for those in the industry.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) recently announced that the long expected revision of the domestic installer qualification, which was set for the start of 2012, will now not take place until April 2013.

Since the introduction of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), the qualification industry has experienced a shakeup which has taken some getting used to and this has affected both training providers and trainees.

The decision to delay the revision of the qualified supervisor technical competence requirements was agreed at the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification Management Committee.

When the revisions come into place, there will be five different routes to registering as a qualified supervisor which may result in many electrical trainees becoming baffled by which learning structure is most suitable for them.

The good news for those people who are already registered as an existing qualified supervisor is that these changes will not affect them because the new requirements will not be applied retrospectively.

It is likely that those who want to register as a domestic supervisor after April 2013 will need to hold the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings.

This mouthful of a qualification is set to replace several currently accepted qualifications and will be accepted by all the relevant industry organisations such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.

Those who have yet to register as a supervisor are advised to carry on as normal by enrolling on the relevant electrical qualification courses with accredited and approved training centres.

Reputable training centres are often at the mercy of decisions made by qualification organisations but can often deliver an appropriate structure of learning that will enable students to achieve the relevant award.

It is important to note that training to install, test and commission electrical equipment is unlikely to change dramatically, it is only the way the learning is assessed and examined which is revised.

This means that the code or name of the qualification is not as important as the skills and abilities learned on electrical courses as there is always the opportunity for practising electricians with old qualifications to achieve the latest award.

If you are not sure which electrical courses are right for you, then get in touch with a training provider that is accredited by all of the recognised industry organisations.

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