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Three Reasons To Hire Only Certified Electricians

Updated on July 27, 2010

Only Hire A Certified Electrician

3 Reasons For An Electrician To Be Certified

Wouldn't you like to know that your electrician is certified? Don't you think it's a good idea that your electrician has met established standards and specifications that have been set by an accredited third party organization whose sole responsibility is to insure that the electrician industry strives for excellence? This article will educate you about the top three reasons that every electrician should be certified.

The certification process for electrical testing technicians (ETT) is established across three main areas of competency. The first area understands what the minimum requirements are for qualifying and becoming a certified electrical testing technician or ETT. The next criterion understands what the minimum training and experience requirements are for ETTs. This includes specific criteria for documentation of the qualifications as well as certification. Lastly, a criterion is set for the qualifications of an independent and objective certification body to conduct testing of electrical testing technicians.

There are four levels every electrician passes through to ensure competency. It's these knowledge and skills that are required to perform electrical testing, maintenance and repair activities. Each level requires that the proceeding level has been met. It's these standards that drive quality assurance in the industry. The first two levels are prerequisites for certification, but in and of them do not grant certification. The first two levels are that of a trainee and assistant. They are entry level and require the supervision of a certified technician or senior certified technician. Typical responsibilities of a trainee are assistance of a certified technician, taking measurements and assembly and disassembly. The next level is that of the assistant. At this level, the assistant is directly supervised by a certified technician, and their duties include safety and competency with lockout and tag out procedures as well as all the requirements that go with it.

These two pre-certified levels are preparation for certification, which is level three. Once certified, the electrician will perform routine tasks and be able to take on complex projects. At this time, the electrician is capable of record keeping, evaluation of test data, power switching and the overall responsibility for the safety of others. The next step or level is to become a senior certified electrician who means they are capable of supervising large projects and handling multiple crews. This person can work alone to perform investigations, tests and evaluations.

Because of the certification process, these levels have been created. They provide standards and uniformity for the betterment of the electrician industry.


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      Dan - Gold Coast Electrician 7 years ago

      Licensed is the only way to go! The risk that you take using an un-licensed and possible un-trained electrician far out weighs the small extra cost of using a licensed electrician.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      The old saying you get what you pay for is so true. Yes it may cost a little more to hire a certified electrician, but it could save you on fixes later that the non-certified electrician over looked. Good article