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    Please help me with advise on what a person needs to become a qualified electrician.My son has enrolled at NTEK Pretoria North.

    His goal is either Electrical Engineering or Electronics. He has decided to start again to get qualified in another field, as being a Qualified Commercial pilot is

    not helping him at the moment.
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    ECA has all the answers you’ll need.

    Last I heard they could assist with apprenticeship but I cannot vouch for that.
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    Invest in this boy! Big ballas!
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    You need an apprenticeship contract of 5 years if memory serves. You can do it quicker, you need a minimum of n3 from a technicon and then you need to pass a trade test. Once that has been completed you need to do the wireman's licence.

    I was lucky I did my appyship with a fairly large company and was given my first site after 14 months and when I did my trade test I was running 5 different sites. I switched over from industrial to domestic and completed my Master electrician licence in 3.5 years

    Becoming an electrical engineer is a different route altogether, it is mainly an academical qualification and the financial rewards once qualified is a fair amount apart
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZuluCowboy View Post
    Invest in this boy! Big ballas!
    I have, now WE cant afford any more covids without a backup Qualification
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    Just to add to Henks reply. If studying further than the N2/N3 required rather study at a Technikon than a Technical College.. If one does N4 to N6 at a college and you want to change to technikon to say do a B Tec degree you basically start over as the Technikon does not give a lot of credit for the College subjects. I was in that boat.

    In my time you could sit/stand the trade test after 93 weeks practical experience. If the trade test could not be passed you got the artisan status out of your time which was 4 years. Some other trades like Millwright and Instrument Mech took 5 years or a trade test after the same 93 weeks.

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