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Electrical Contractors vs Electricians

Electrical Contractors vs Electricians:

What's the difference?

If you’ve ever needed electrical work done in the past you’ve most likely come across these two phrases. Most people assume that electrical contractors and electricians are the same however there is an important distinction between the two.

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Electricians and electrical contractors are both licensed and fully qualified to carry out any electrical work you may need completed.

The big difference is that

A qualified electrician is legally not allowed to complete any electrical work on their own and charge customers for it, unless they gain their electrical contractors license.

The electrical contractors license is simply an extra step that has been put in place to ensure qualified electricians are knowledgeable and experienced enough to correctly complete the job required of them.

Important points to consider:

  • Gaining an electrical contractors license is an important step as it ensures that the electrician has public liability insurance cover in the case of personal injury or damage to the property. This covers both the homeowner and the electrical company, as insurance companies will not cover unlicensed electrical work.
  • Not only does the electrical contractor have insurance, they must also ensure that they have a qualified person to take responsibility for ensuring all electrical installation work is designed and executed in a compliant manner.
  • Before you decide to hire an electrical contractor, you should always ensure they have the correct licenses which you can check through the Energy Safe Victoria website. If you hire a licensed electrician who doesn’t have their electrical contractor license, there is the possibility that the work they complete will not be safe and could put yourself and the property at risk.

To summarise the main difference, an electrician is allowed to work for clients if they are employed by an electrical contractor or hold a electrical contractors license themselves as this license provides them with the knowledge on how to safely operate a business.

1st Call Electrical is a fully licensed electrical contractor and only hires licensed electricians to quickly and competently complete any electrical services you may need.

If you’re needing any electrical work done today across Melbourne CBD and inner suburbs contact 1st Call Electrical Services on 1300 360 215 or complete our booking request form today.


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