Electrician: Domestic Installer

So, what’s the difference between a domestic installer and an electrician? Well firstly a domestic installer is qualified to undertake electrical work in a domestic dwelling i.e. housing flats and the like.

For all intents and purposes you can call yourself an electrician, and most people would consider you an electrician. However there will be some electrical work you would not be qualified to undertake such as work in a commercial or industrial setting.

But if you only intend to ever work as a regular plumber around people’s homes then he could be the best choice for you to get started in a new career.

As you will not need to take as many courses as a fully qualified electrician would need to thus enabling you to start work earlier in your career and more importantly start to earn money. It is seen as an excellent way for new trainees to access the electrical industry.

What things will learn on a domestic installer course?

The skills you will learn on a domestic installer course will fully prepare you for all kinds of electrical installations you may find in a domestic dwelling.

You will be trained to work safely and competently on all kinds of projects including rewiring, new sockets, light fittings and extensions. Under current government regulations anyone who does this kind of work must prove their competent to do so, this is called the part P scheme.

On successful completion of this course you may want to find employment or start work on a self-employed basis as a domestic installer. Actually the majority of people will take a domestic installer course to go on to be domestic electrical installers.

What qualifications will I get?

If you sign up for a domestic installer course make sure whether that they will provide you with the following qualifications, because these are the minimum you will need to lead the work as a domestic installer.

City and Guilds 4141-01 Electrical installation work within a domestic dwelling

This course will provide you with a foundation skills to be able to install inspect and test while reigning domestic dwellings. So if you are no previous knowledge of electrical wiring this course will get you up to speed.

City and Guilds 2393 Part P building regulations

The part P course concerns working in a domestic dwelling in a safe manner. It is part of the building regulations that have been in place since 2005.

City and Guilds 2392-10 Inspection and testing course

Inspection and testing is a skill all electricians need and this course is designed to learn you how to inspect and test your own installations are functionally correctly and are safe to use.

City and Guilds 2382-12 17th edition wiring regulations

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the current wiring regulations that as an electrician you must follow. You must have this qualification if you wish to join the government’s part P competent person scheme.

Who governs the qualifications?

There are three main awarding bodies can award qualifications, each one is as valid as the next it all depends on who your course provider is registered with.

  • EAL
  • City & Guilds

How long do the courses last?

The length of the course will vary from one provider to another but generally they usually last around 3 to 6 weeks full-time. This may be much longer if you can only work weekends.

How much does a domestic electrician course cost?

Again the cost of the course will depend on your course provider, but at the time of writing as a general guide domestic installer courses cost anywhere from between £1600 to £2200.

So make sure you shop around for a good deal. And make sure the provider you choose covers the required qualifications that you need as mentioned above.

Are there any entry requirements?

No there aren’t, these courses are open to anyone wishing to become domestic installers no matter what age they are or what qualifications they have.

It is an excellent way to get started in a new career!

Final thoughts

I hope that my short article has helped you understand what it is to be a domestic installer rather than a fully qualified electrician. As you see a domestic installer is what most people think an electrician is anyway, so unless you want to work in industry or in a commercial environment it is a great way to start work as an electrician.

All the best and I hope you succeed in whichever career you choose!