Key Things to Look For When Choosing an Electrician

22 July 2015
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Electricity is just as much as a hazard as it is a help there is no doubt about that, and unfortunately 21st century life has rendered us unable to cope without it, therefore electricians are a hugely important part of keeping the world spinning and you will no doubt need the services of one at least once in your life.

Choosing an electrician may depend on many factors such as the availability in your area or the cost of services, however the baseline should always be finding someone who is suitable for the job. A licensed electrician would have had to demonstrate competency in various areas in order to achieve electrician status:

Who licenses are issued by

The National Uniform Electrical Licensing Council is who issues the license to the qualified electrician based on a criteria detailed by the Electrical Licensing Board. Most electricians will carry their licensing card with them so you can easily confirm legitimacy.

Types of licenses

Depending on the type of work, there are different licenses that can be issued.

  • Electrical contracting license – provided to electrical contractors.
  • Electrical installing license – provided to all electricians. This license will need to be renewed every 5 years to ensure electricians are familiar with the latest developments and practice.
  • Electrical training license – a probationary license provided to trainee electricians while they complete their qualifications.

What a license can tell you

You may already be comforted by the fact that your chosen electrician is fully licensed, however, it is unusual that customers are fully aware of what this means to them, and what this actually tells them about what work electricians are able to carry out. A licensed electrician will be fully competent in the following areas.

  • Clear knowledge of electrical and energy concepts.
  • Ability to determine resistance, voltage and power in any part of a DC circuit using both theoretical knowledge and measurement methods.
  • In depth knowledge of electro-magnetic theory and application.
  • Understanding the construction and assembly techniques of transformers and being able to put this into practice.
  • Display skills to diagnose and rectify faults in electrical apparatus and associated circuits.
  • Being aware of the hazards and safety requirements relating to commonly used electrical power circuits.
  • Being able to use a systems approach in order to commission and decommission electrical equipment.
  • Being able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill to provide first aid to an electric shock victim.

Contact a company like A.J.C. Electrical Service Pty Ltd to learn more.