YOU should ALWAYS use a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) to carry out electrical work in your home and ask for a Completion Certificate after the work is complete.
Otherwise you are putting yourself at risk and they are breaking the law. Safe Electric’s primary objective is to protect the safety interests of customers with respect to electrical installation activities.
Safe Electric members must adhere to the Safe Electric Rules of Registration with regard to matters such as training, competence, inspection & audit, test equipment, insurance and completion certificates. It is through this registration system that Safe Electric, can monitor and validate that the electrical works completed meet the required safety standards.
Note: under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended, it is illegal for a Non-Registered Contractor to carry out Restricted Electrical Works. The act of falsely portraying oneself as a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) is a separate offence under of the same Act.
Check the Safe Electric register: Customers should always check the Safe Electric Register before hiring a REC to carry out works.
Certification: It is mandatory for a REC to issue a Completion Certificate for all Electrical Works (excluding minor works). If a REC carries out minor electrical works they must be certified if requested by the customer. Only the REC’s named Qualified Certifier (QC) can certify electrical works on behalf of the REC.
Insurance: RECs must submit confirmation that the appropriate insurance cover is in place annually. Any REC that appears on the Safe Electric register has appropriate insurance cover in place.
Audit and Inspection: RECs shall permit Safe Electric to carry out an inspection and or audit at any time in accordance with the Audit and Inspection procedure.
Disciplinary: Any REC who is the subject of a Disciplinary Process must cooperate fully with every phase of the Disciplinary Process.
Complaints: Safe Electric is concerned solely with the safety and technical standard (i.e. compliance with the National
Rules for Electrical Installations) of electrical works carried out by RECs. If you have any safety concerns you should make a complaint about the REC. This will be investigated by Safe Electric and may lead to REC disciplinary.
Suspected Illegal Electrical Works: If you suspect an unregistered person is carrying carry out Restricted Electrical Works or falsely portraying oneself as a REC you should report alleged illegal electrical works. This will be investigated by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).