To become a fully qualified electrician, you will typically need to complete an apprenticeship program and pass a certification exam. The specific requirements vary by country and region, but generally involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
In the United States, for example, you will need to complete a formal apprenticeship program that includes at least 144 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Once you have completed the apprenticeship, you will need to pass an exam to become certified as a journeyman electrician.
In the UK, the process is slightly different. There are different routes to becoming a fully qualified electrician, but one common route is to complete an apprenticeship with a company that is approved by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). During the apprenticeship, you will work alongside qualified electricians, learning the trade and gaining hands-on experience. Once you have completed the apprenticeship, you will need to pass an exam to become a fully qualified electrician.
In both cases, you will also be required to fulfill ongoing continuing education requirements in order to maintain your license and stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards and practices.