The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 (Regulation 52B) state that an electrical contractor must provide the customer with a Certificate of Electrical Safety within 28 days of completing any installation work.
Why do I need a Certificate of Electrical Safety?
The certificate of electrical safety is a guarantee that the electrical installation work being performed is by an electrical contractor.
If the electrician you are using does not provide an Certificate of electrical Safety or refuses to give you one then it is likely your work is being done illegally by an unlicensed electrician. If anything untoward should happen at a later date (such as an electrical fire) your insurers will not pay out.
Check that your electrical contractor has included his Electrical Contractor’s licence number (starts with EC ****). This EC number should be displayed on all advertisements including business cards, van logo etc. You can also click here to see if the electrician has a current Electrical License.
The Electrical Safety Certificate should also clearly and accurately detail the electrical installing work to which it applies and provides the address where that work was carried out and the date on which that work was completed.
If you do have difficulty obtaining the electrical safety certificate from your electrician please contact Western Power on 13 13 51. They will investigate why you have not received one.
When is an Certificate of Electrical Safety not required?
The certificate of electrical safety does not have to be given to the customer:
- For maintenance work.
- Electrical installation work being carried out on a mine site (if the electrical contractor makes a record of the work in a form approved by the Mine Director (i.e. Electrical Log Book).
- Electrical installation work that is associated with the installation of a temporary builder’s supply.
What is Maintenance work for the purpose of an Certificate of Electrical Safety.
Maintenance work is defined as “repairing defective electrical equipment or replacing electrical equipment with electrical equipment having equal or substantially similar engineering specification”, in other words replacing “like for like.” (The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991).
For more information go to www.commerce.wa.gov.au