How do I Become a Domestic Electrician?

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  • Written By: Haven Esme
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 12 January 2019
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What distinguishes a domestic electrician from other electricians is that the domestic electrician primarily works within residential houses. To become a domestic electrician, it is vital that you have comprehensive knowledge of commercial electrics, and have spent time working in the electrical industry on various projects. Taking training courses can help, teaching you about the wiring of circuits and electrical installation. Learning about building regulations, how to replace electrical components, and how to identify unsafe electrical situations can help you become a domestic electrician.

Someone may decide to become a domestic electrician because they love working with people, technology, and are mechanically inclined. One of the most intriguing aspects of having a career as an electrician is the opportunity to design electrical systems that can literally brighten someone's home. People hire electricians for various reasons. In the case of the domestic electrician, many clients will hire him or her to rewire a home, establish electrical circuits, repair wires and cables, and assist with major home renovation projects.

Domestic electricians perform manual labor that can include working under the floorboards, staircases, and walls of the house. It is a good idea, therefore, to have some experience with carpentry. General building skills can help the electrician with obstacles like removing plaster, sockets, floor boards, and other building materials that can keep him from performing his job.


Many people become a domestic electrician by first attending an apprenticeship program, where they gain in depth knowledge and get hands-on training. In order to enter a program in most places, an applicant must be at least eighteen years old and have a high school diploma. It's a good idea for anyone interested in becoming an electrician to complete a three- to five-year program of training and study. Others learn the skills to become an electrician by informal job training.

Electricity can be deadly, so it is important for a domestic electrician to seek out courses and programs that teach the proper way to deal with electrical wiring. An electrician needs to have great technical skills so that he can complete his jobs without harming himself, and it is important that he stays informed about the latest electrical gadgets and systems. Many countries and regions require a license to become a domestic electrician. In some US states, electricians need to serve at least 8,000 hours as an apprentice before they can secure their license.

Potential electricians can check with electrical plants and other businesses in the industry to find a training program and apprenticeships. The quality of work that an electrician will be able to do will depend on their experience and training. Many employers require certification to verify a base-level of training.



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