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Old 03-24-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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I am a US citizen studying to be an electrician. I am just curious about how a person can get qualified to move to the UK as an electrician as I would love to move to the UK. Are there special programs that teach you how to be qualified for work in the UK?
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:44 PM   #2
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you would be better off contacting the licencig authorities in the UK.
Look them up on the internet,
Send them an e mail
then just wait
they usually dont reply straight away
it could take a few days.
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We don’t have a licensing authority mores the pity. BS7671 unlike NFPA-NEC isn’t statute although it could be used in court if you make a really nasty mistake.

Most domestic electricians belong to a trade association but it isn’t a requirement despite what they may try to tell you. Industrial electricians usually have to prove their qualifications.

Unlike the NEC BS7671 doesn’t tell you what cable size to use, you have to calculate it based on tables. Testing and certification is required on completion of the job, there are no AHJ inspectors to do it for you.

The City and Guilds organisation will tell you what your US qualifications equate to in the UK (for a price). You will need to take the BS7671 exam.
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Ahhhhh....No....


The NEC calc's wire size throughout it's entirety ,often considering with multiple considerations via scenarios encountered in the field.

One can use the search function @ ET (et all pro NEC forums) , and find this to be no easy feat ,even for Master Electricians

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I am a US citizen studying to be an electrician. I am just curious about how a person can get qualified to move to the UK as an electrician as I would love to move to the UK. Are there special programs that teach you how to be qualified for work in the UK?
one thing you will need to do is enroll in a reputable electrical college and expect at least 4 years,
here in the us we as electricians cannot condemn a service (only a licensed inspector or fire marshal can)
in the uk you have a lot more clout so to speak but only if your qualifications prove,


most of the sparks in the uk can point the proper direction for you to follow in your training ,
your math skills and testing skills will definately have to improve as you will be using them a lot.
testing and proving procedures are a lot stricter and must be followed

but i will tell you as am american studying for uk electrician its going to be a very rough road and you will have to work hard to gain the skills and general respect

knowing the structure and power distribution systems as well as the different code structures is a must
the uk sparks here are quite highly qualified and their knowledge and skills are excellant and you can learn a lot from them
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