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Electrical testers survey, test and inspect electrical installations in homes and businesses. They identify faults and complete test reports to confirm which equipment is working safely and efficiently and which are condemned as unsafe to use.
30 - 40
There are several routes to becoming an electrical tester. You could gain the qualification you need by completing a college course or an apprenticeship, or you could apply to an employer directly if you have some previous experience.
You should explore these routes of becoming an electrical tester to find out which one is right for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a City & Guilds Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation to help you become an electrical tester.
You can gain the skills to become an electrical tester by completing an intermediate or advanced electrical installation apprenticeship.
You’ll need 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths to become an apprentice electrician.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by a company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths, and good practical skills, you could apply for a job as an electrician’s mate, trainee or assistant. Your employer may help you train to become fully qualified, enabling you to progress to a role as an electrical tester.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as an electrical tester. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an electrical tester include:
As an electrical tester, you will be responsible for inspecting electrical systems and equipment in homes and businesses to identify faults. You might be carrying out quality checks on new buildings or conducting regular portable appliance (PAT) tests on frequently used machines.
The job role of an electrical tester involves the following duties:
The expected salary for an electrical tester varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role will vary. New jobs will be posted as they come up.
As an electrical tester, you could progress to become a team leader or supervisor, work in facilities management, or on larger electrical projects.
Alternatively, you could set yourself up as self-employed.