When this first came out, like most electricians we hoped it would constitute a level playing field and remove the Cowboys from the industry.
Unfortunately, all it has done is undermining the very industry that most time served electricians loved and valued.
- It now takes, six weeks to be qualified as an electrician!
- Time served electricians like myself who spent 5 years learning, and in my case was not even allowed to install electrical cable’s till I understood construction, bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, and a whole host of other trade related items to ensure that I could repair the damage I caused when installing.
- Children can pass exams, but have no practical experience; an example of this, was an 18-year-old young man who asked to join my company as an electrical tester having passed his 2391 – 10, and technically was now competent to test, so I showed him a board, I have which has various cable types clipped to it with the name hidden by Velcro tab, and asked him to name each one, the only two he could name were armoured, and he couldn’t tell the difference between SWA and XLPE and Twin and Earth.
- FP 200