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If you want to become a Fully qualified electrician, then your objective should be to obtain an JIB/ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Gold Card. This recognises you as a fully qualified and competent installation electrician.
If you are looking to train as an electrician installing in Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Domestic locations, the City & Guilds 2365 course is for you. This is now the default qualification for the traditional route to becoming an electrician whether or not you’re employed by an electrical contractor or not. The level 2 & 3 2365 Courses replace the former very successful City & Guilds 2330.
This is the most comprehensive electrician course available and as such most people will use the skills learnt on this course to go on and find employment either during or after they complete their training.
The Gold Card acts as a kind of passport for employment opportunities. Employers, agencies, contract and site managers view this card as evidence of your qualifications and abilities. This is the proof you require to demonstrate that you are a Fully Qualified Electrician. JIB/ECS maintains extremely high standards. Anyone applying for an JIB/ECS Gold Card as an Installation Electrician for the first time will be expected to hold the following qualifications:
• An Electrotechnical NVQ at Level 3 or Mature Candidate Assessment Qualification
• 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
• AM2 – Achievement Measure Test
This requirement is the same regardless of when you joined the industry. New entrants must follow a full and robust training programme . This incorporates centre led training, on-site work experience, portfolio building and assessment, followed by AM2 – an independent assessment of skills and knowledge.
Who are 2365 Courses for ?
The City & Guilds 2365 is for anyone aged 16 (adults) and above regardless of previous experience or knowledge, who wishes to become an electrician and work in the commercial sectors listed below. Ideally you will have maths and english to a basic GCSE standards, however if you do not we can still assess you using the functional skills tests to find out if you are at the right level. It is the most comprehensive electrician course available on the market and will train you from the ground up even if you have no electrical experience. You will be then be able to progress and complete the NVQ and AM2 at a later stage once you have found employment
Why take the 2365 Course ?
Put simply, to get a job with a contractor as a rookie electrician. It differentiates from the apprenticeship qualification 2357 in that to be an apprentice you need a job first, difficult if you don’t have any skills or quals.
An apprenticeship course 2357 is typically made up of skills and knowledge learning/training and then NVQ units otherwise known as ‘on site’ training, whereby you have to have a job and your employer trains you on the job for a couple of years.
Problem is with that is that you need a job to take an apprenticeship, and electrical employers don’t like taking on people who have had no training and therefore have no useful skills. This 2365 course gives you knowledge and skills and the quals units just the same as the 2357 except for this 2365 you don’t need to have a job before you start.
The good news is that when you've completed the 2365, you are now employable because you have skills and the qualifications, so you are useful and the employer can take you on to complete the additional ‘On site’ units and complete your NVQ.
We believe it's the more common sense route to become a fully qualified electrician, especially if you're an adult. In fact many students will find work before they have even completed the course.
These courses will allow you to work in the industry and continue to further qualifications in the future.
By way of example, it will enable you to work in the following sectors:
Commercial - such as Supermarkets, Offices, Warehouses, Schools, Shops, Restaurants, Hospitals.
Industrial – such as research/development parks heavy manufacturing buildings, factories.
Domestic –such as Houses, Flats, Bungalows, renewable, Solar PV
Agricultural – Farms
Maintenance services, local authorities
Media – Electricians required for the day to day running operations in television, radio.
Sporting Venues – Theatres, concert halls, stadium Events.
The list is actually endless which makes an electrical career a very good choice in terms of variety, monetary reward and opportunity. This course covers a wide range of training methods; you will learn invaluable hands on installation skills in our purpose built workshops as well as the theory and science behind electrics in our air conditioned classrooms.
The C&G 2365 is the very latest (and therefore the most up to date qualification available) to become a commercial electrician.
Sometimes trainees may have previously part-completed an Electrotechnical Course. On this occasion, training time can be reduced if evidence of existing qualifications can be provided.
Experienced operatives that hold older Electrotechnical Technical Certificates may be suitable for a Mature Candidate Assessment Course. This course reduces training time and focuses on evidence building for a portfolio and direct observation.
Gaining your JIB/ECSGold Card comes at the very end of your journey to becoming a fully qualified electrician. Nobody can jump from novice to Gold Card holder overnight. To build the evidence needed to gain your qualifications, you must start your journey as an Electrical Trainee. Enrolling onto a recognised Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 Training Course entitles you to hold an JIB/ECS Electrical Trainee card. As with the Gold Card, this will allow you to seek employment and contracts within the industry.