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Frequently asked questions: Electrician EngTech applications

What qualifications do I need?

Education, knowledge and understanding are important components of professional competence.

In addition to the formal level 3 qualifications listed below, you may have a number of other courses you have completed, such as Inspection & Testing.

For electricians, the required knowledge and understanding for Engineering Technicians can be demonstrated through a Trailblazer Electrotechnical Apprenticeship or industry recognised Advanced/Modern Electrotechnical Apprenticeship (at Level 3 or equivalent); or an appropriate competence-based Level 3 qualification such as:

  • NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems And Equipment (Buildings, Structures And The Environment)
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)
  • SVQ Level 3 Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Servicing Highway Electrical Systems (QCF)
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Servicing and Commissioning Highway Electrical Systems.

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Can I still apply without qualifications?

Yes, you can.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, you may still be eligible for Electrician EngTech based on your experience and on-the-job learning.

Evidence of your experience is assessed by the IET to establish that your knowledge and understanding meets the required level.

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How long will it take to get registered?

If you’re able to provide all of the relevant documentation with your application, it should only take about four to six weeks (approximately) to complete the process. 

An application may take longer if we do not receive all the documents or supporting evidence we need from you.

If further assessment or evidence is required, you will be contacted. You will receive updated information from us regarding the status of your application at all times.

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Can I get help with my application?

Yes. Our Professional Registration Advisors (PRAs) are here to help.

PRA’s are qualified and registered engineers who undertake training provided by us so that they can help electricians applying for EngTech. They can review your application ahead of your formal submission to help ensure the best possible chance of success.

If you would like some help from a PRA, we can help you find one near you.

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What does the process involve?

When we receive your application, it is prepared for assessment. A panel of three volunteers, who will have a knowledge of your industry and are already professionally registered, will assess your application and agree on whether to award EngTech to you.

The assessors have been through the application process themselves and have received full training from us to assess candidates.

The assessors may ask for you to supply additional information during the assessment stage. The best way to demonstrate your competence and knowledge to a panel, in an application, is to seek some help from a PRA. Contact us and we'll help you find one near you.

Your assessor panel will be looking for evidence of your competence and underpinning knowledge and understanding. More information on this can be found in the Electrician EngTech application guidance.

Once your application is successful, you will be awarded EngTech and elected and registered with the Engineering Council (the UK awarding body and Regulator of the engineering profession).

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Is there an interview?

In most cases, no.

Occasionally, the peer review assessor panel may wish to conduct a telephone interview, but this is very rare.

It could be that the example given in Assessment Question 1 requires some further clarification and a call will help to pull out the additional information and enable the panel to make a decision.

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Do I only get one chance to submit my application?

No, you can re-submit it as many times as needed. Applying for Electrician EngTech is a process, not a test.

If there’s not enough information in your initial application, you will be asked for additional evidence. If this is reviewed by the assessment panel who decide you need some more time to develop one or more of the competences, we will notify you. 

We would ask you to work with your PRA and would welcome a reapplication once you have gained more experience. There will be a reduced fee providing you reapply within three years.

We will work with you and your PRA to help you get your application approved.

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I'm already registered with the JIB – do I still need to register for Electrician EngTech?

If you are already registered with the JIB as a Gold Card holder, the competence you hold for this can contribute as evidence, along with additional work-based experience and other qualifications you hold, where relevant, to support your Electrician EngTech application.

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