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Electrical training and career routes

How to become a qualified electrician and progress your career with City & Guilds

Explore career routes into the electrical sector with our introductory guides to courses, apprenticeships, and skills training for continuous professional development.

As we move towards a low-carbon, greener future, there has never been a better time to either start your career or expand your skills in the electrical sector. Whether it’s for  renewable energy installations or smart home technologies, the demand for qualified electricians has never been higher, creating rewarding and impactful career paths.

Thanks to years of awarding and training experience in the industry, City & Guilds can provide a roadmap to excellence in electrical training, guiding learners along the pathway to success and supporting people at every stage of their careers with a range of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and green technologies courses.

Career pathways into the electrical sector

Inspired by the Electrical Training Routes framework, City & Guilds mapped its courses and qualifications to industry recognised career routes to show how learners of any age and at any stage of their journey can follow the City & Guilds way to become a qualified electrician and progress their career with our industry leading CPD courses.

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For those who prefer hands-on learning, apprenticeships combines classroom learning with hands-on experience. This is the preferred route for new entrants.

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Full-time education for under 19s

For young people keen to kickstart their training as an electrician the full-time education route allows you to gain foundational knowledge and skills (before becoming an apprentice).

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Experienced Worker Route

For seasoned professionals, with electrical industry experience, the Experienced Worker Route allows you to formalise your experience and skills though recognised qualifications and assessments.

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Diploma route for adults

For career changers eager to invest in their own training, the Diploma route allows you to gain foundational knowledge and skills (before you join the industry to complete your training and become a qualified electrician).

The electrical industry is dynamic; standards and practices change all the time in line with evolving legislation, new regulations and emerging technologies. To support all learners throughout their career journey we deliver a wider range of range of industry-leading CPD and green technologies courses and qualifications.

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CPD and green technology courses

For those on the journey to becoming a qualified electrician and/or for professionals working with electrical systems.

If you need further information on course availability, enter your location in our ‘Find a centre’ functionality on the qualification page you may be interested in.