Since the dawn of the age of high technology, an electrician has always been one of the most in-demand service providers in the world. If you do have the skills and inclination to be an electrician and you intend to gain from them, then having a legitimate certificate will dramatically help increase your chances of earning the trust and loyalty of a steady clientele. Here's how you can become a certified electrician.
- Finish your electrical-related course. Any course that is within the scope of becoming an electrician should be completed for about four years or within what is required by the school's administration (but in most cases, four years is enough). The job of an electrician is no joke. It requires sharp skills and manual labor. Finishing this course is just as intensive. It entails various projects and assignments that are usually due on very short periods of time. Therefore, aspirants for this field are required to be determined and focused and should be able to handle working under pressure without losing composure. To achieve success in your course and beyond, you should have:
- Basic knowledge about computer programs (MS Office, AutoCAD and Adobe, at the least).
- Advanced knowledge about mathematics, as every part of your chosen career will involve numbers and calculations that may leave you dazed and confused if you're not a mathematically-inclined person.
- Be patient and don't be in a hurry to know everything in a brief time span. There will be memorization; reading of codes, theories, and blueprints, installations, calculations and repair works. Every course on becoming a certified electrician should be mastered with great will and determination, aside from brains.
- Become a humble apprentice. The progress of a certified electrician will be greatly determined after 10 unwavering years. To become an apprentice, go to the NECA (National Electrician Contractors Association) and NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee). These two organizations offer the world's leading training programs for aspiring certified electricians. This is where you can put into action all the stored knowledge you have gained from the university. In this phase you are given ample opportunity to practice in application what you've learned and to improve from your mistakes. You should be able to finish these apprentice courses for up to 150 hours inside the classroom and get further hands-on for 2,000 hours or more.
- After duly finishing your electrical course and your apprenticeship, now you can submit an application for an electrician license. Find out the necessary requirements and, upon completion, you will be qualified to take the certification exam, which will reveal if you're eligible to a professional license. If you take the exam in NJATC, they separate the exams in two parts: one is written and the other is hands-on. If you do pass these exams, you'll become a certified electrician and granted an authenticating certification.
Being a certified electrician requires logic, skill, a lot of patience and heart. Nothing beats a career you like.