What are Electricians Qualified to Do?

If you’re looking for an electrician, you may be wondering about the range of tasks that they are qualified to perform. From the types of electrical services permitted to licensing and qualification requirements, this guide outlines the things electricians are qualified to do.

Qualifications and Licensing

There are various pathways to getting qualified as an electrician. These can differ from state to state or territory. In New South Wales, for example, electricians need to have completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician from a recognised institution, or have completed a equivalent course or work experience.

They also need to have at least 12 months of onsite experience. The experience must have incorporated electrical wiring installation. This can have taken place in residential, commercial, or industrial sites.

If you’re hiring an electrician, you may request to see their license and enquire about their insurance and qualifications if you have any doubts.

Types of Work Electricians are Qualified to Do

Most people think about electricians only when they have a faulty wire or telephone. However, because electricity is so pervasive in our modern lifestyles, electricians are qualified to perform a huge variety of tasks.

The grant of electrician licenses are strictly regulated by the respective state and territory laws and large fines can be imposed on those who do work without a license. This means if households and businesses can have peace of mind when they engage an electrician for help.

In NSW, ‘electrical wiring work’ is define in various laws and the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules (formally known as AS/NZS 3000:2007, Electrical Installations) to mean the following.

  • Installing, repairing, altering, removing, or adding to an electrical installation.
  • This can include the supervision of the work.
  • Electrical installations includes any type of fixed appliances, wiring, fitting, apparatus, or any other type of electrical equipment.
  • The equipment can be that used for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity.

In lay terms, this means electricians are qualified to install and maintain any of the following types of equipment and appliances:

  • Air conditioners
  • Burglar and fire alarms
  • Antennas
  • Auto electrical equipment
  • Household appliances
  • General wiring
  • Cable and free-to-air television
  • Lighting
  • Phones
  • Satellites
  • Solar panel systems
  • Video security systems

Electricians can provide advice about how to safely use appliances, maintain equipment, and audit your house for faulty wiring.

Specialised Electrical Work

In some states and territories, further requirements can apply to electricians who are seeking to do specialised work. For example:

  • Water Heating Systems. Electricians who are disconnecting or reconnecting water heaters are required to have completed specific units relating to fixed plumbing electrical equipment.
  • Appliances. For disconnection and reconnection of fixed electrical equipment, your electrician will need to have completed specific units related to fixed wired electrical equipment. These fixed appliances can include dishwashers and ovens.

There’s no need to worry too much about these specialised electrical work types, except to check with your electrician if you have any doubts, and to let them know about your job in sufficient detail during the quotation process.