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Created On: 19 January 2012 01:27 PM
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 19 January 2012 01:27 PM
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Here's a question I bet you've heard a thousand times...

I've been considering changing career and retraining as an electrician for some time but I simply don't know where to start. Is there a "standard" basic qualification for electricians?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice that you might be able to offer.

Kind regards,

 19 January 2012 05:53 PM
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You may be better off asking in the "Wiring and the Regulations" forum, which is full of electricians.

S P Barker BSc PhD MIET
 19 January 2012 10:42 PM
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What types of things have you done so far in life? You need to be good with your hands (goes without saying), have a good memory, and be able to swallow a few books. Its a technical trade, so If you come from something thats similar, then might be worth a look. If you were on the other hand an estate agent or something, it might not be for you.

The current 'new' basic qual is CG2357 which will keep you busy for a few years, you might be able to sneak onto the previous 2360 if you can find anywhere that runs it. The real learning comes from working onsite with someone else to learn the ropes.
After that there is a never ending list of city and guilds numbers (that change every few years needlessly just to confuse everyone) to get through, up to 4467 at level 4.

Lack of planning on your part doesn't make it an emergency on mine....

Every man has to know his limitations- Dirty Harry

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