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The Diploma in Electrical Installation (EAL Level 3)


48 weeks


Term Dates

The 2017 course is now full. The next course is likely to run in 2018. Dates will be confirmed in the later part of this year. 



£4,295 + VAT
including exam fees, refreshments and lunch on each day of training

This course can be paid for in instalments:
£1,495 + VAT term one
£1,400 + VAT term two
£1,400 + VAT term three

Learners aged 19 years old or over can apply for an advanced learner loan to help cover the cost of this course.


Entry Requirements

The Diploma in Electrical Installation (EAL Level 3) qualification is for anyone who is aiming to become an electrician working on domestic, industrial or commercial installations, regardless of previous experience or knowledge.

The course offers an alternative route to becoming a qualified electrician without the need to be an apprentice. With the apprentice route you would need to find relevant employment first, attending college on a day release basis whilst acquiring on-the-job training from your employer.  The apprentice route takes at least a couple of years to complete and typically the low rate of starting pay can sometimes be an obstacle for mature candidates.

The Diploma in Electrical Installation (EAL Level 3) gives you the same underpinning knowledge as the apprenticeship route, except you don’t need to have a job in the industry before you start.  Once you’ve completed the course it will boost your chances of finding work in the sector and progressing towards becoming a fully qualified electrician.  If that’s your ultimate aim, rather than remaining a domestic installer, then this is the route to take.

We find many students on the Diploma in Electrical Installation (EAL Level 3) course are looking to change careers and find this option is the most suitable for them.

Although no previous electrical experience or existing electrical qualifications are required, an understanding of GCSE level maths is advantageous for the successful completion of the course.




Basic Electrical Installation Work (8th Edition)

Advanced Electrical Installation Work (8th Edition)

Recommended (not essential):

17th Edition Wiring Regulations (3rd Amendment)

On-Site Guide (3rd Amendment)



Throughout the course you will be assessed through online and practical assessments.


The Diploma in Electrical Installation (EAL Level 3) is the most comprehensive theory-based electrical course available and replaces the City & Guilds 2330, covering the same exams that are completed as part of an apprenticeship.  It doesn’t require occupational evidence from the workplace so is suitable for anyone who is not currently working within the electrical industry.

After completing this course you can progress to qualified electrician status by completing the NVQ (i.e. being assessed on genuine electrical work and producing a portfolio of evidence to confirm that you’ve acquired the full range of skills required).  Part of this involves completing the AM2 test.


Course Content

There are units on health & safety, electrical installation design, electrical installation craft, diagnosing and correcting electrical faults, inspection, testing and commissioning, environmental technology systems and electrical science and principles.


Health & Safety (ELEC2/01)

  • The requirements and application of health and safety during electrotechnical operations
  • Health and safety procedures in the work environment
  • Basic electrical safety requirements
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe working environment
  • Identifying and dealing with hazards
  • Using access equipment safely

Electrical Installation Theory & Technology (ELEC2/04)

  • Legislative, regulatory and good working practice requirements for electrotechnical installations
  • Properties, applications and limitations of different wiring systems
  • Standard lighting and socket circuits
  • The principles and importance of circuit protection

Electrical Installation Methods, Procedures and Requirements (ELEC2/05) and Electrical Installation Craft Skills (ELEC3/05)

  • Methods and procedures for installing electrical systems and equipment
  • Termination and connection methods.
  • Basic circuit testing

Electrical Installation Planning, Preparing and Designing (ELEC3/04A)

  • Planning the installation of wiring systems
  • Designing wiring systems with suitable protection

Principles (ELEC2/08 , ELEC3/08)

  • Electrical Science and Principles
  • The theory to back up practical knowledge. What is electricity? How does it behave? How does a piece of equipment work?

Inspection and Testing (QELTK3/006)

  • Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

Fault Finding (QELTK3/007)

  • Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for the diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

Environmental (QELTK3/002)

  • Understanding environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems


  • An overview of environmental technologies

Organising and Overseeing (QELTK3/003)

  • Understanding the practices and procedures for overseeing and organising the work environment
  •             Communication
  •             Specifications and Drawings
  •             Planning


What can I do on completing the course?

After the course you can register as a domestic installer or progress towards becoming a fully qualified electrician


Domestic Installer

If you want to register with a domestic installer scheme you’ll also need to complete the City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition Wiring Regulations and City & Guilds 2392 Fundamental Inspection & Testing course.  We can offer these courses at a reduced cost of £845 VAT when completing this qualification (a saving of £100)


Progress towards becoming a fully qualified electrician

After completing the EAL Level 3 Diploma you’ll need to complete the Performance Units (sometimes referred to as the NVQ). You will need to secure relevant work experience to build up your practical skills and be assessed in the workplace.  On completing the Performance Units you would be a fully qualified electrician.

There would be an additional charge for undertaking the performance units.  The Level 3 NVQ assessment costs £1220 plus VAT, with an additional £250 plus VAT to undertake the 3 day AM2 pre-test and an additional £595 plus VAT for the full AM2 trade test. Therefore the total cost of the Performance Units is £2065 plus VAT.

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