How to know if an Electrician is licensed?

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Posted by: from Sydney
4/23/2015 at 9:38:32 PM

How do I know that an electrician is licensed for new construction? What do I ask him for?

Is there a board that I can call to find out if this electrician is certified and insured and his work is up to code? He advertised as Red Sealed Approved.

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Dave from Nemco in Cambridge
Date/Time4/23/2015 at 11:17:04 PM

You have to hold a valid ESA LICENSE in order to do electrical work in Canada. Red seal is a certification level for interprovincial electrical work. If you hold a valid ESA LICENSE your work is up to CODE. Don't be fooled by Licensed (red seal) electricians who freelance as electrical contractors without proper Iicenses. They have no valid insurance since their work is unlawfull.

You can look up his name on the OCOT website to see if they are in good standing with the newly established college governing the conduct of trades in Ontario.




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Mirek from Mirek Electric in Mississauga
Date/Time4/23/2015 at 11:24:05 PM

By law license number has to be displayed on the truck. Also you could check on ESA website if the company is licensed.

Mirek Electric

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Shain from Skyline Electric in Regina
Date/Time4/24/2015 at 1:02:05 AM

Hi there,

If you want to know if a contractor is a fully licenced electrician, contact the local authority and they will verify for you. In Saskatchewan you can contact Saspower. In other provinces contact the local hydro utility.

Good for you for inquiring!

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Brandon from Flux Electrical in Baddeck
Date/Time4/24/2015 at 6:14:42 AM

Good question Barbara.

I completed my training in Alberta and was issued a Journeyman Certificate, and on the back is my Red Seal. Here in Nova Scotia we are required to apply for a Nova Scotia Certificate of Qualification Equivalency Alberta through Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education. You need a certificate number to pull a permit with Nova Scotia power, and there should be a permit pulled for any work over two circuits up to 30 amps.

I would ask to see is his Journeyman Certificate before he started any work, and then ask as many questions as you like to see if he knows what he is doing.

I hope this helps.

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time4/24/2015 at 6:33:59 AM

Not sure what province you are asking about, but many have a governing body that manages all electrical contractors. Red Seal is nothing more than someone who has passed the Canadian Exam with a mark high enough to be awarded Interprovinical status, 75% or above I believe. Just because he has that does not guarantee he is licensed to get permits and able to work alone, nor does it mean he is good, it means he studied hard and did well on the theory exam and generally something people try and reach when they want to work within any province of Canada freely under a Master Electrician or a contractor.

As the guys mentioned, ESA is the Ontario management, just remember, permits are the law for electrical work, and can only be purchased by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. If he asks you to get the permit for him, he is not licensed nor insured to work for you and you would be liable for his mistakes.

Safest bet, hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor and get a permit.

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Date/Time4/24/2015 at 9:53:38 AM

Hi sir,

If electrician have electrical contractor licence from ESA, and insurance certificate over 2 million dollars, and master electrician licence, this is ok for new construction.

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Date/Time4/24/2015 at 10:31:59 AM

Hi Barbara,

As you are living in Sydney, NS, please check with the Electrical Authority in Sydney.

Somewhere in the City Hall Directory, there should be a Planning and Development division.

Within that group, there may be the Permit Issuers for all Permits within Sydney's municipal limits.

The Permit Issuers/Electrical Authority will have a record of the local Electrical Contractors, whom have been pulling Permits for Electrical work completed on Homes and Offices, throughout the city of Sydney.

I hope this information sends your search in the right direction.

Thanks and good luck,

Randy Paul

Master Electrician

RGP Consulting and Electric Ltd.

Ardrossan, Alberta

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