Why take the Domestic Electrical Course (L2 Diploma)?

The essential foundations for Domestic Electrical Work

This brilliant course package opens the door to a brighter future working as an Electrician starting you out with Domestic Electrical skills. You’ll be able to get working, build up your experience and then in time progress to full qualified status with our 4 Steps programme. This course gives you the foundations necessary to start carrying out minor works and supervised domestic electrical work. It's easy to add new and in-demand skills packages such as Electric Vehicle Charging, Solar PV, PAT Testing and find work in these growing industries. Our four steps electrician programme starts with Domestic Electrics to give you the best chance of finding work and build up  industry experience. 

Remember if you take your Step 1 you are enrolled on our Level 2 & 3 Diploma programme and have begun your journey to become a registered electrician. We recommend that all beginners should look to complete the 4 steps journey if seeking to work in the electrical industry. This a fully recognised route into the industry and is a great platform from which to start your career. See here for more information.

Course Modules

Module one
SS1A Domestic Installation Workshop
Module two
SS1B Electrotech & Building Regulations
Module three
SS1C Inspection & Testing Single Phase
Module four
SS1D 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

Steps included in this course:

Electrician Taster Sessions

If you are new to the industry and want to train as an electrician why not register for a taster session to find out if electrics could be the right career for you.

Skills learnt can be applied to:

Consumer unit replacement
Electrical installation
Lighting install & design
Electric cookers
Single phase
Electric showers
Domestic rewires
Inspection & Testing
Lighting design & installation
Fault findings
Smoke co2 detectors
Smart heating controls
Underfloor heating

Course overview

Course Snapshot

A complete foundation in domestic electrics, the perfect starting point for anyone new to the industry wanting to become a registered electrician or specialise in something new. The first step of our 4 steps programme and one of our most popular courses. The course breaks down as follows:

  • 10 Days Practical In Centre
  • 3 Days E-Learning
  • 5 Days Virtual Classroom

What Is The 4 Steps Program and What Does It Lead To?

The 4 Steps mirrors and maps to the industry recognised route for electrical trainees. It allows those who when starting out may not be working in the Electrical industry and breaks down the pathway into manageable chunks with clear marking points of achievement. Once you find employment in the industry, the 4 Steps allows you to move across to a funded route without any hassle of repetition of training and thus complete your journey to becoming an Electrician.

Who Is It For?

  • Anyone looking to become a registered electrician
  • Those new to the Industry
  • Other trades looking for extra skills and opportunities

This course package is designed to give you the skills to find employment in this growing industry. If you want to work unsupervised you should expect to return and complete our full 4 step programme including an NVQ.

How Long Does It Take? 

This is an 18 day course in total and includes your 18th edition as well as modules that count towards your Level 2 Diploma. You can choose to take the course in one go or spread it out - whatever works for you. As the leading Electrical Training Specialist in the UK we’ve several training venues and all easily accessible. We’re flexible to fit around your life. You can also pay as you go along - it really couldn’t be easier. And with first-time pass rates over 90% you’re working with the right people to help you get ahead in this in-demand industry. 

Remember the as well as the qualifications above the skills and knowledge learnt on this Step 1 will contribute to the overall diploma. 

Course Timings and Delivery Methods

The course generally breaks down as follows:

You can spread these classes out or mix them up as long as you complete Week 1 and 2 before attempting Week 4. Whether you decide to take the whole course in one go or spread it over several weeks or months. Remember - we provide all the training, materials and exam fees included in our simple pricing structure. 

What Skills Will I Learn on Step 1? 

The skills, knowledge and qualifications gained on this first step will cover all the fundamentals of domestic installation and testing. This will make you more attractive to employers to find work or an apprenticeship and progress to fully status. Step 1 provides the necessary skills and knowledge required to understand and install circuits commonly found within domestic dwellings. It includes the following:

  • Use of Basic hand tools
  • Installing and terminating twin and earth cable
  • Understanding and installing standard circuits for Lighting, Power & Cookers 
  • Connecting of bonding to gas and water services
  • How consumer units work and connection to them
  • Correct Selection of equipment and Special locations
  •  Basic SI Units, Ohms Law and Power Calculations
  • Calculating maximum demand and applying diversity for a domestic installation
  • Correct selection of cable sizes
  • Compliance with the Building Regulations
  • Earthing Systems
  • Circuit Protection
  • Safe Isolation (Single Phase)
  • Fundamentals of inspection and testing
  • How to use and apply the Wiring Regulations (BS7671)

The knowledge from Step 1 is further developed and used in Step 2 and Step 3.

What Units of The Level 2 Diploma Are Covered On Step 1?

The following units of the Level 2 (City and Guilds 2365-02) Diploma in Electrical Installations are partly covered in Step 1:

  • 202 – Science Principles
  • 203 – Electrical Installations Technology
  • 204 – Installation of Wiring Systems and Enclosures

These are further developed and assessed in Step 2.

Why Should I Choose Trade Skills 4U? 

We became the No.1 for a host of reasons - and the number one reason is trust. We’ve based everything in our company about being the very best - from our trainers, venues and materials through to ongoing support. So here’s a few reasons we should choose us to train you for success. 

  • Our trainers are industry specialists with both years on the tools and training qualifications. They’re up to date with the latest information and methods of making our courses work for you.
  • We train adults - you’ll be learning with people just like you.
  • Our venues are designed from the ground up to offer the very best training environment for you.
  • We’ve got a great industry reputation - but more importantly the people who train with us come back time and time again to further their skills and opportunities. That’s the best review you can get. 
  • We’re designed to help you succeed - we know that life can sometimes get in the way so we offer flexible dates, flexible locations and flexible payment schemes.
Remember - our experienced advice team make sure you’re choosing the right course for you. Talk to them now for friendly, expert help. 

The Core Competencies You’ll Gain

Practical Skills 

You’ll learn practical skills needed to work on domestic electrics. You’ll have your own work space and consumer unit to work on and you’ll build lighting circuits, socket outlet circuits, cooker circuits, shower circuits and more. You’ll learn about earthing and bonding and how to use the tools the right way. You’ll learn installation theory including cable selection and for the assessment you’ll build circuits to demonstrate that you’ve learned what you need to know. 

Wiring & Building Regulations 

The regulations part starts gently in the first week but you go into much more detail as the course goes on as you might expect. There’s a fair bit of overlap across the topics so we make sure we teach you the right way from the start - avoiding repetition and making sure the key knowledge sinks in. After this your domestic electrical installations will be seen to be compliant with Part P of the Building Regulations as well as the latest wiring regs. Every practicing electrician must have their wiring regs certificate (18th Edition). 

Inspection & Testing Skills 

These are essential skills so we teach you the processes, procedures and practical skills to make your work is both functional and safe. The mix of theory and hands-on ensures you’re competent to inspect and test your own work. Note that this doesn’t allow you to carry out periodic inspection and testing - for that you’ll need to add C&G 2391 which you can see here Remember - our experienced advice team make sure you’re choosing the right course for you. Talk to them now for friendly, expert help.

Exams and Assessment

We have average first time pass rates of over 90% on this course. You will take a variety of practical formative and summative assessments on this course as well as online multiple choice exam.

Please note that you must bring photographic ID such as a passport or driving license with you in order to sit the assessments on this course. Exams for remote learning can be booked in via student services once you are ready. On in centre elements exams take place at the end of each week.

Books Required

We stock some books in our main centres, however we can not guarantee stock availability unless you call us in advance to purchase the books. To buy books please call 01293 529777. You will need the following books for this course:

  • Electrician’s Guide to the Building Regulations, 6th Edition - ISBN 978-1839532542
  • Guidance Note 3: Inspection & Testing, 9th Edition- ISBN 978-1839532368
  • BS 7671:2022 Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition (Brown) - ISBN 978-1839532184
  • IET On-Site Guide (BS7671:2022, 8th Edition) - ISBN 978-1839532276

Frequently asked questions

Can I split the weeks up?

Yes of course. You cant book this online but give us a call on 01293 529777 with your preferred dates and we will arrange this for you.

Can I pay in instalments?

You can pay a deposit a then an interest free installments 21 days before each week you attend your course. We are now able to offer low monthly payments which can be spread over 1-4 years. See paying for your course for more info.

What work is notifiable / non-notifiable?

Notifiable work is work that requires a Part P certificate to be generated for the home owner or customer. In order to generate a Part P certificate Building control will need to be notified for the job or a Scheme provider such as the NICEIC. The items in the list below with ticks are notifiable and the ones with crosses are non-notifiable jobs:

About Domestic Installer Schemes

Your acceptance on a Domestic Installers Scheme is the decision of the registration body and dependent on your skills, experience and knowledge level. Tradeskills4U is a training company and responsible for training only. We are not responsible for the assessment process or eligibility of students to gain registration with any external organisation.

If you want to join a scheme please ensure you speak to your chosen scheme provider to check their specific requirements. Recent changes to schemes have made these routes much more confusing and we recommend anyone looking to register should future proof their career by completing Steps 1-4.

Do Part P schemes operate in Scotland?

No, Part P only applies to England and Wales.

Must I join a registration body scheme, Like NICEIC, ELECSA etc?

Frankly, No. You can undertake notifiable and non notifiable work without being registered with a registration body and whilst there are obvious business benefits to joining such schemes, they are not mandatory.

We have had guidance discussions with Senior building control officials on your behalf and the advice we have been given and as is stated in building regulations, the system is such that you are able to undertake domestic electrical work for a customer and by liaising with local building control you can ensure the homeowner obtains their Part P compliance certificate.

The issue here is ‘competency’. You must be competent to do the work and Building control will need to know you’re competent.

How do I gain experience?

Most people that train with us on this course will build up their experience by doing the following things:

  • Doing small projects at home or with friends and family
  • Carrying out minor works and non notifiable jobs
  • For notifiable jobs they can work with building control to generate a Part P Certificate
  • Working with an experienced electrician for more complex installs (Full time / Short contracts)
When you feel more confident and the demand for notifiable jobs increases you can then look to join a scheme as described above.

What are my limitations?

  • You will not be able to install in the commercial sector or install 3 phase cable.
  • You will not be able to carry out periodic testing without our 2391-52.

  • Our locations

    As well as the having multiple large sites, we also have a number of sites dedicated to delivering the 18th edition wiring regulations & PAT Testing courses.

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    Our Northern training facility is situated just off Junction 10 of the M62 at Birchwood Park and is very accessible from towns such as Warrington, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester.

    Unit B, The Beacons, Warrington Road, Birchwood, WA3 6WY
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    Our brand new centre opened in July 2019 offering a full range of electrical courses  for those based in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Northampton and all over the midlands region. The new centre is based in Westwood Business Park right next...

    Rowan House, Westwood Way, Coventry, West Mids, CV4 8HS
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    Our Mitre Court and Explorer 2 Facilities are just 2 minutes south of Gatwick Airport and are easily accessible by car, bus and train. They are comfortable, light and airy environments in which students can learn a wide range of practical and theory based skills.

    Mitre Court, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9JY
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    Phoenix House has raised the bar for electrical training centres in the UK. The centre is just East of Leeds situated just off of the M1 / A1. This makes it easily accessible from Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, York, Harrogate and all over Yorkshire.

    Phoenix House, Hawthorn Park, Coal Road, Leeds, West Yorks, LS14 1PQ
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