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Hi all
Im thinking about getting qualified as an electrician but i am unsure of the best way to do this. I do not really want to spend 4 years at college.
I have been working for a heating company for 10 years, this work involves wiring control panels, general electrical maintenance and testing/fault finding of commercial heaters.
I have 16th edition regulations and a control circuitry college cert.
OLCI is an option but seems very expensive.
Is it possible to just study at home with purchased books, then just take the test? Or do i need to book the training as well?
 
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Nothing wrong with what you are planning the problem will come when you approach a centre to take the exam you will find it near on impossible to find one that will allow you to take the exam with them if you havent done the course.

City and Guilds themselves or one of the distance learning colleges may be able to help you with that.

Chris
 
hello mate also the longer the course and the more on site experience the better
employers were never very keen on short courses and with so many experienced electricians looking for work you may find it hard to get a start
having said that once you have the quals needed they are yours for keeps and when things pick up youll have them

good luck
 
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spamfr33

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What is the minumum qualifications i would need to be able to legally work as an electrician?
Obviously the first thing id need to do would be to upgrade to 17th edition.
In my job i have gained a lot of practical experience fault finding and doing installation work so i feel with a bit of swotting i wouldnt have too much trouble with 2330 part 2/3 but if all i need are my 17th edition and a domestic electric installers course then there isnt much point.
Im not trying to rush into becoming an electrician..honest! Im just trying to fast track the starting qualifications so i can get more experience and move onto the higher qualifications like 2391.

thanks for the help
 
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acat

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If you go the domestic route all you need is the EAL VRQ which is about the building regs. On passing that you would need to register with and be assessed by the NICEIC or similar. The 2382 you would have to pass within 12 months so its not needed straight away the ability to self certify is.

Chris
 
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