When to apply for electrical licence?

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Posted by: from Pembroke
12/21/2014 at 3:51:48 PM

What percentage of electrical work does your company have to do to be able to apply for an electrical contractors licence?

I thought it was like 80%. Can anyone confirm that?

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Mike from Custom Designs in Bolton
Date/Time12/21/2014 at 9:13:33 PM

I'm an electrician and have never heard of that. You have work 4-5years as a registered apprentice and complete 3 blocks of schooling (8week,10 weeks and 10 weeks) and them write a test to become a journeyman electrician. That doesn't allow you to pull permits. You have to work 2 more years in the trade and then take another test to become a master electrician which would allow you to pull permits.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time12/21/2014 at 9:20:12 PM

You are not allowed to do ANY electrical work UNLESS, you have a Master electrician on staff AND then he or you can apply for an Electrical contracting license. but there are various points that need to be prepared before you can apply.

check out this list:

and this:

Or read - Eligibility for an ECRA/ESA Electrical Contractor Licence

1 Must be at least 18 years of age

2 Be a Master Electrician, or employ at all times at least one Designated Master Electrician

3 Have a place of business in Ontario

4 Have public liability and property damage insurance coverage of at least $2,000,000

5 Be registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, if the applicant is required to register under the Work Place Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

6 Not be in default of filing a return with the Ministry of Revenue or of paying any tax, penalty or interest assessed under the Retail Sales Tax Act or the Corporations Tax Act, if applicable, for which payment arrangements have not been made

7 Not owe the ESA any money for which payments arrangements have not been made

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Date/Time12/23/2014 at 8:38:14 AM

Hi Brian

Your question can be interpreted a couple of different ways...

If I interpret your question as: I have an existing business (say handyman) and I want to complete electrical work legally then the answer is ANY electrical work. The law states that you must be an electrical contractor (EC) to complete ANY electrical work in someone's home or in you own home if it is a rental property and of course businesses, etc..

If I interpret your question as: I have an existing business (say plant maintenance) do I need to do a certain amount of electrical work to keep my status as an EC. The answer to that is ZERO. There is no requirement to do so many dollars worth of work or submit a certain number of inspections per year to maintain your status.

In both scenarios, you must meet and maintain the requirements of being an EC through the ECRA and that information has already been provided. The fact is that if you are not doing much electrical work, it is not worth the cost to be an EC just to provide the "value added" perspective to your business. You would be better off using the approach, "We only sub contract qualified and licenced trades to complete our work that we are not legally allowed to complete such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.".



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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