Qualification Information

Electrical Installation Sector Qualifications

Along with other industry recognised bodies, we are committed to a best practice approach regarding appropriate qualifications in the electrical installation sector.  We make use of industry and government approved apprenticeship framework agreements, recognised legacy qualifications and the application of the National Occupational Standards by accredited awarding bodies to inform our views on these matters.

The National Electrical Licence to Practise system has been designed to inform Clients of the identity and occupational competency of electrical workers who are trained, assessed and qualified specifically in electrical installation practice.  Other electrical qualifications including those from the engineering sector may not be sufficient to support an application for a Qualified Electrician’s licence (QE).  For example, vocational electrical maintenance qualifications at Level 2/3 will not be considered suitable.

NVQ Level 3 Qualifications in Electrical Installation

Since 1999, an NVQ Level 3 in Electrotechnical Services has been the mandatory requirement for recognition as a qualified electrician within the industry.  

The table below sets out the qualification title and reference for each of the NVQ Level 3 electrotechnical qualifications since 1999.  Please note that the technical certificate on its own eg. 2351, 2360 or 2330 does not meet the full requirements of the Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services.  

SparkSafe NVQ Quals (3)

 

Other awarding bodies including EAL and Logic provide NVQ Level 3 qualifications in Electrotechnical Services.  These will be acceptable alternatives.

An apprentice electrician licence demonstrates that the person is working towards becoming fully qualified by means of an industry approved framework/standard.  Apprentices will be issued with a standard licence for all year groups.

To be eligible, applicants must be registered as an apprentice on an industry approved apprenticeship framework/standard.  Applicants must also be working towards achieving a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems.

Industry Approved Legacy Qualifications

If you completed your training prior to 1999, you are likely to have followed an apprenticeship training programme. If this is the case, then the final Apprenticeship Deeds or Apprentice Completion Certificate will need to be provided as part of the evidence for a QE licence [updated January 2021].  The table below sets out the qualifications that may have been completed as part of the industry approved apprenticeship programme.  Please note that a technical certificate on its own does not meet the full requirements for a QE Licence.

Award Number Award Title
1999 – 1993 C&G 2360 Part 1 Electrical Installation Competences Part 1
C&G 2360 Part 2 Electrical Installation Competences Part 2
AM2 AM2 Assessment of Occupational Competence
Award Number Award Title
1992 – 1990 C&G 2367 Part 1 The Part One Certificate in Electrical Installation Competencies
C&G 2368 Part 2 The Part Two Certificate in Electrical Installation Competencies
AM2 AM2 Assessment of Occupational Competence
Award Number Award Title
1990 – 1980 C&G 2361 Part 1 The Part One Certificate in Electrical Installation Work
C&G 2361 Part 2 The Part Two Certificate in Electrical Installation Work
AM2 AM2 Assessment of Occupational Competence
Award Number Award Title
1980 – 1970 C&G 51A The Course A Certificate in Electrical Installation Work
C&G 51B The Course B Certificate in Electrical Installation Work