How to check if your electrician is qualified?

January 03, 2018

Employing a tradesman is something that every homeowner, landlord or business will likely have to do at some stage.  From fixing a faulty socket to replacing a fuse board (dis-board), maintenance and things breaking are a fact of life and ultimately need to be fixed and unless you know someone personally this may mean putting your trust in someone you don’t know or have even met before.

If you’re diligent of course you will do some research; references, reviews etc… but what about professional qualifications?  After all you wouldn’t use a dentist who hadn’t been to dental school and tradesman should be no different.  Here we’ll run through the qualifications and non-compulsory accreditations you should expect any electrician doing work for you to have and what they mean.


Professional Qualifications:

All electricians operating in the U.K. should have an industry recognised Level 3 qualification such as:

  • An SVQ Level 3 in electrical installation (BS7671)
  • Or an equivalent diploma in electrical installations.

These qualifications are typically earned as part of an apprenticeship or work and all electricians should hold a current SJIB registration card, sometimes know as a CSCS OR ECS card.


Industry Accreditations:

Industry accreditations are not compulsory however they do offer members access to training and guidance that ensures high standards of service.  One of the leading trade bodies in Scotland is Select.

SELECT was founded in 1900 as an independent and autonomous association representing the interests of members, driving up industry standards, ensuring that work carried out by member companies is of the highest quality and training the electricians of the future.


If you have any questions about anything you have read or would like advice on electrical work please get in touch with us today.



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