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There are no set minimum requirements in the way of school grades in order to be an electrician, but good GCSEs in Maths, Physics and ICT would be an advantage.
The most common route to becoming a qualified electrician, and arguably the easiest, is to do so through an apprenticeship. An electrician apprenticeship will provide the student with theory-based learning and practical training over the course of three and a half to four years. The City & Guilds (2330) Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology is usually taken in conjunction with an apprenticeship and will pave the way for becoming a fully qualified electrician. However, this qualification is soon to be replaced with the City & Guilds (2357) Diploma in Electrotechnology.
For those who are over 25 and already employed, it is unlikely that there will be an apprenticeship place available. However, it is possible to work towards the Level 3 NVQ Diploma (or Scottish Vocational Qualification) without doing an apprenticeship.
Electrician qualifications are constantly changing along with the development of new wiring and technology. Further training may be required by employers, and these will usually be in the form of a City & Guilds qualification.
Some employers may require qualified electricians to complete further training in order to meet Part P of Building Regulations or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), and some may require employees to have a full driving license.