Electrician training in Sweden

Training of electricians in Sweden takes place in upper secondary school which is voluntary and free of charge. There are a total of 18 national upper secondary programmes which last for three years.

The electrician education is carried out within the framework of the Electrical and Energy Programme’s specialisation Electrical engineering. Within this specialisation students learn how to install, maintain and repair electrical plant, electrical grids, alarms and systems for TV and computers. This training also brings opportunities for working as a lift technician or alarm technician. Another option is to continue studying at a vocational university college. It is also possible to study extra courses that enable you to continue studies at university level.

Programme content:
  • Nine upper secondary core subjects – English, history, physical education and health, mathematics, science studies, social studies, Swedish, or Swedish as a second language, and religion.
  • General programme subjects include computer and communications engineering, electronics, energy engineering and mechatronics.
  • Diploma project. At the end of the Electrical and Energy Programme, students complete a project within their chosen job field. In this project students show that they have gained the knowledge necessary to begin working in the area they have studied.
  • Workplace-based learning (APL), in vocational programmes. Parts of this programme are held at one or several workplaces for a period of at least 15 weeks and are entitled APL. This is an important element of the programme. APL provides the student with work experience as well as contacts which can be useful when they apply for jobs.

The Electrical and Energy Programme also includes three other specialisations.

Automation; where the students learn about electrical and computer engineering, and operations and maintenance engineering. This specialisation brings opportunities for working as, for example, an automation technician, process technician, industrial technician or mechatronics technician.

Computer and communications engineering; where the students learn how to install, administer, maintain and repair systems for computers and communications. This specialisation brings opportunities for working as, for example, a network technician, technical sales person, support technician or service technician.

Energy engineering; where the students learn about operations, maintenance and service functions within the energy, environment and water process business areas. This specialisation brings opportunities for working as, for example, an operations and maintenance technician, operator, water environment technician or laboratory assistant.

After finishing school, the student undergoes a period of 1600 hours practical training as an apprentice within an enterprise. The education is completed by the issuing of a certificate.

The certificate is issued by the Central Committee of the Electrical Trade for Vocational Training, ECY.

You can get further information at the Swedish National Reference Point for vocational qualifications. NRP is the first point of contact for those seeking information on vocational education and training (VET) and vocational qualifications in Sweden and throughout Europe.

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