What licensing should an electrician have

There is no electrical work that can be done without the proper electrical license. That’s why residential and commercial property owners must enlist the services of a licensed electrician on the Mornington Peninsula. Regulation dictates that general electricians follow strict licensing and training to qualify. This standard is in place to ensure that Australians who use sparkies are only using the best to ensure safe electrical work on the property.

What types of electrical licences are issued?

In Victoria, electricians have a rigorous process to go through to qualify for proper licensing. Those who want to work in Victoria have to contact Energy Safe Victoria because the regulator handles Victorian electrical licences. The process includes the following to make sure that they are prepared to work safely in the area:

  • Enrol in and complete Australian context gap training
  • Get experience by working under the supervision of a holder of a current and complete electrician’s licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months
  • The successful completion of the Licensed Electricians Theory and Licensed Electricians Practical (LEP)

Once they successfully complete all the training mentioned earlier, supervised employment and practical work, they can finally apply for an electrician’s license.

How is electrical work handled?

A licensed electrical contractor must carry out all electrical installations, and they have an obligation to only employ other licensed electricians themselves. Electrical contractors who have a contractor’s license must visibly display the licence number on all advertising for that. This includes business cards, work vehicles and any advertisements. Electricians hold an electrician’s licence. If unrestricted, it allows them to carry out electrical installing and electrical fitting work. However, the licence may be endorsed ‘Electrical fitting work only’, which means the holder may only carry out appropriate electrical work.

How to check if your electrician is licensed?

You can start by asking to see the contractor’s license and the registration number. You can also check in with Energy Safe Victoria to verify licensing details.

Other things to look for in a local electrical contractor
  • Public liability insurance

You should also ask if the electrician or electrical company you employ has comprehensive liability insurance. It’s there to protect you as a consumer should an incident happen where damage is caused to your property.

  • Warranty on service

The service provider you choose should also your peace of mind in the way of a workmanship warranty. This is to make sure that they cover the cost of any issues with electrical repair or installation work performed by them on your property.

Always choose a licensed contractor for electrical work

From reading this short guide, you can understand why licensing is important because a licensed electrician has committed to the due processes. Once licensed to operate, they are trained and have gained enough experience to do their jobs effectively. Make sure to use a professional who can do the job right the first time. If you need help with any electrical problems, get in touch with the team at Impulse Electrical. We service the whole of the Mornington Peninsula, including the following regions and suburbs: Mornington Peninsula, Rye, Sorrento, Dromana, Rosebud, Portsea, Frankson, Mt Martha, Mornington, Langwarrin and Somerville

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