Do you need site experience to qualify as an Electrician?

Do you need site experience to qualify as an Electrician? Simple answer, yes.

In order to become a fully qualified Electrician you need to complete an Electrical Level 3 NVQ. You have to demonstrate your electrical competence by completing a portfolio, so you will need to be working in the electrical industry to gather the evidence and photos needed.

On completion of the NVQ you will also need to complete the AM2 or AM2-S exam which all new electricians have to pass. You have to complete your portfolio before you can be entered in for the AM2 exam.

On completion of your Level 3 electrical NVQ and AM2 exam, you can then apply for your ECS installation electrician gold card. You will also need to have passed the current BS7671 wiring regulations exam (also known as the 18th edition exam).

Working as an electrician is not a job you can just walk into. The only way you can learn the electricians trade is by working in an electrical environment. You have to get yourself on site working along side other electricians as an apprentice, electricians mate or electrical laborer. The electrical trade is a skill and cannot be entirely taught in the classroom.