A question about electrician's qualifications and typical training.
First some background, I'm a Chartered Electrical Engineer, who earns a
living designing switch-mode industrial power kit, with an interest in
the electrical installations side of things. Now in the current climate
of "competent persons" and having the right piece of paper to prove
one's competence, I thought I'd get a few relevant qualifications under
my belt. (Part P anyone? ;-) ).
I managed to blag my way onto a C&G 2381 course (nearly complete, useful
& interesting but a piece of cake). Now the local college is to run a
C&G 2391 Inspection and Test course. Great I thought.
But now the tutor says "you need to be qualified electrician for this
course". "Not useful to you". Humbug.
I've (re)wired a few houses, seen plenty of heavy electrical stuff, and
none of it is exactly rocket science.
So in a 2-3 year BTEC/Whatever sparkies course, what do they really
learn? Obviously lots of practical "craft" side of the job, but I
presume from my experience of the 2381 that the technical stuff is very
limited (P=IVcos(phase) was carefully explained for the hard of
Is the content 2381 & 2391 all included in the basic qualifications, or
normally an extra?
Just trying to piece together an argument to let me do the course.