Electric power is a source of energy that keeps the world turning. When that source of energy is interrupted, it can bring everything to a halt. Electricity can also be very dangerous and if not treated with the respect it deserves, the effects can be fatal.
When it comes to working with electricity, it is best left to the professionals, except for plugging in an appliance or other electrical item. Anyone can call themselves an electrician, but electricians, by law, have to be licensed. Acquiring a license demonstrates the electrician has met the education and experience requirements mandated by professional licensing entity. A license also means the electrician has demonstrated knowledge of the local electrical codes and has the ability to work according to those codes.
To become a licensed electrician in London requires a combination of education and experience. Basic electricity is learned through an electrical engineering program and experience comes from working with a licensed electrician in an apprentice program. Once the classes and apprentice program is completed, the candidate has to pass an exam in order to receive their license. The NVQ level 3 license is the minimum requirement to work as an electrician.
Information on training programs can be found through your local Job Centre Plus training advisor. They will be able to direct you to the nearest training facility to complete your educational requirements and test prep centers if refresher classes are necessary.
Electrician’s that take on an apprentice must register the apprentice in the appropriate program in order to get the necessary work experience credit. The registration is accomplished by contacting the local electrician’s guild. There is a fee that applies to the registration. The apprentice must be paid the recommended minimum wage and complete the prescribed number of hours every year of the program. The apprentice program lasts 5 years.