How to become an Electrician

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: January 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Electricians install, maintain, repair and check electrical equipment, circuits and wiring systems. They generally provide services for both householders, who typically require work such as rewiring, installation of electric showers, security lights and power points, and for commercial customers, who require work such as installation and maintenance of power, lighting, fire protection and security systems in offices, shops, factories and schools.

Many electricians also carry out sub-contract work on new-build properties, extensions and refurbishments for construction firms, shopfitters and local builders, and on behalf of insurance firms and loss assessors following a flood or fire. They also ensure electrical safety by carrying out preventative checks, for example providing services for landlords who are legally obliged to have electrical equipment checked by a 'competent person'.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an electrician. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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