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  Electricians are involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and usage of electricity.

They install, repair and maintain electrically operated equipment such as generators, geysers, refrigerators and stoves. They detect electrical faults and repair them. Repairs may involve replacing fuses, switches, or wires. Once the repair is complete the electrician tests the equipment to ensure that it is working properly.

By law, only qualified electricians are allowed to connect cables to electric motors and switchgear and to handle the electrical wiring of all electrically equipped buildings. During the building, for example, of a new factory, an electrician must ensure that the electrical cables are installed.

Electricians working at power stations install and maintain power generators, including the servicing of electrical meters and transformers. Some perform regular inspections on motors, switchgear and transformers to ensure safe functioning.

Entry Requirements

It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of:

N2 Mathematics
Engineering Science
Industrial Electronics
Electrical Trade Theory


NCV Level 4
Completed with 7 subjects
(40% or higher is required)

GR 12 Mathematics
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Electrical Technology

* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted

Career Outlook

An electrician is involved in:

- Pre-planning of installations
- Installation of wireways and switchboards
- Installation of wiring and metering equipment
- Calculation of electrical load requirements
- Selection of cables and conductors
- Determination of protective devices


- Government departments
- Transportation services
- Municipalities
- Factories
- Mines
- Industries
- Private electrical businesses
- Companies such as Mittal, Eskom and Sasol
- Self-employment

Institutional Training

During a one week induction training session learners will receive orientation in their new learning environment. They will also learn how to study and be made aware of all relevant safety aspects of the working environment.

In addition to the above the duration of institutional training is 31 weeks. During these 31 weeks we will focus on their skills, their understanding of the subject as well as knowledge required to be declared competent as an electrician.

A further one week will be used to equip learners with life skills to ensure their competitive advantage in the working environment.

Four weeks are allowed for trade finishing.

Workplace Experience

The learner is exposed to relevant equipment in the workplace during his 54 weeks plant training. The theory must also be consolidated with the practical. The daily tasks to be carried out by the learner (together with an artisan) will be determined by the first line supervisor; but the supervisor must also allow certain time for tasks to be completed by the learner as considered to be a PREREQUISITE for the writing of the trade test.

The mentor will sign off a task in his/her logbook when the learner has been tested and has mastered the task. All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test is done


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