What is an A-Grade Electrician?
Why you should always use an A-Grade Electrician
A-Grade Electricians are fully qualified electrical professionals. They are licensed to work unsupervised and to sign off on all electrical works on behalf of a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC).
Choose A-Grade Licensed Electricians and you get:
- A qualified electrical professional
- The highest standards of electrical safety
- A fully insured service provider
When it comes to your home or business' electrical wiring, it's never worth taking chances.
By employing an A-Grade Electrician, you can rest assured, knowing that the electrical systems in your property have been properly and safely installed by a licensed professional.
Ask: what is your licence number?
All A-Grade Licensed Electricians are issued with an individual licence number.
This licence number identifies your electrician as a registered and qualified service provider. It also entitles them to perform all electrical work without supervision in Victoria.
If an electrician cannot produce a licence number upon request, then they may not be licensed. In which case, you should not contract them.
Get a Certificate of Electrical Safety
In Victoria, a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) must be provided within 30 calendar days of electrical installation work being carried out. This is to ensure compliance with:
Not providing a Certificate of Electrical Safety and not complying with the requirements outlined in these documents can result in fines and disciplinary action against electricians.
Therefore, your A-Grade Electrician should provide you with a Certificate of Electrical Safety upon completion of work.
If they do not, contact them and insist that one be provided.
Should they refuse, you can raise a complaint with Energy Safe Victoria.
A-Grade vs. ES-Grade Licensed Electricians
ES-Grade licences are only available to people who have been 'grandfathered' through previous regulations and licensing regimes. This typically includes holders of B-Grade or RB-Grade licences.
Electricians of this grade are permitted to carry out electrical work. However, they must be supervised by an A-Grade Electrician. Additionally, they cannot sign-off on their own work.
This same rule applies for those with a Supervised Worker's Licence (L Licence).
While ES-Grade and L-Grade Electricians can carry out your electrical work, an A-Grade Electrician must be in attendance. So, it's often simpler to instead just hire A-Grade Licensed Electricians.
Licences which require A-Grade supervision:
- Formerly B-Grade
- Formerly RB-Grade
- Apprentice electricians
Obtaining an A-Grade Licence
Becoming an A-Grade Electrician can take anywhere between 4 and 5 years.
To gain an A-Grade Licence, an electrician will typically:
1. Complete a 4 Year Apprenticeship
To become qualified A-Grade Licensed Electricians, workers must complete a 4 year apprenticeship, which includes at least 12 months experience carrying out electrical installation work.
2. Pass a Licensed Electricians Assessment (LEA)
A Licensed Electricians Assessment is an examination conducted by an independent organisation which has been approved by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV).
3. Hold a Certificate III in Electro-technology, Electrician
This certificate is awarded upon the completion of a relevant course in the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment in Victoria.
An A-Grade licence can, in some circumstances, be obtained via other pathways. However, what is outlined above is the most common way to achieve this qualification.
"When you choose an A-Grade Electrician you know you're getting a qualified professional."
Searching for an A-Grade Electrician?
At ITA Electrical, all of our fully qualified Electricians are A-Grade licensed.
- Provide A-Grade Licence Numbers upon request
- Supply a Certificate of Electrical Safety
- Back our work with a 2 year workmanship warranty
We deliver prompt and reliable electrical work, every time. Our A-Grade Licensed Electricians are experts in electrical services. They never compromise on quality, workmanship, or most importantly safety.
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