Hire an Electrical Contractor Who Knows Their Stuff!

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By - 6 February 2009

If you were looking for an electrical contractor, would you want the best person for the job or someone who is just mediocre? When we need work done around our home or business we all want to feel confident that the work will be done well and with safety in mind. After all, when you are paying for a service you have the right to expect that you will get what you paid for. When it comes to electrical contractors, this certainly rings true. Getting someone who knows their trade is crucial if you have work to be done in your property. Because electrical work can be so volatile and dangerous then an electrician really needs to know what they are doing. With this in mind, you need to know how to make the right hiring decision. If you refuse to settle for mediocre, you need to look at a few vital points that will help you to make a good decision. The two main points are:

• Certification
Certification is important. This is a fact. If a contractor has not bothered to get certification then it is likely that they will not bother doing a good job of your electrical work! And if they have tried but failed to attain certification then it’s probable that they couldn’t do a good job even if they wanted to! If the contractor is both serious and skilled then they will have the appropriate certification. A governing body such as Energy Safe, Victoria (or the equivalent in your state) grants certification only to applicants who have passed their rigorous tests covering topics such as procedures and safety issues. This governing body is strict in the way they test for certification and if the electrical contractor’s skills are not up to scratch then they will be denied.  Therefore you can feel confident if your electrical contractor is certified, knowing that they have been tested to ensure that they work they give you will be of a very high quality. You can also look at membership of national bodies such as the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). If your contractor has membership to this association you can be sure that they are highly skilled and good at what they do.

• Training
Great tradesmen are made, not born! When an electrician is starting out they must undertake a four-year apprenticeship. This is four years of learning anything and everything to do with the electrical contracting industry. This training is very important in the lives of upcoming electrical contractors. Because the work of an electrician is so dynamic and brings different challenges every day, they need to have a massive amount of experience and knowledge in order to be able to handle any situation that crops up. With electrical work, sometimes the work can go very wrong very quickly. Electricians need to be well trained because they are working with dangerous materials such as high-voltage wiring or faulty electrical fittings. They need to know what they are doing in these situations and they need to know how to be safe. Electricians who have not received proper training might not know how to handle hazardous situations and this could lead to the situation getting out of hand. Equally important is that electricians receive ongoing training throughout their time in the industry. Technology is an evolving thing – there is always something new that an electrician needs to familiarise themselves with in order to continue giving a customer the best service possible.

If you need an electrical contractor, don’t stress! Just look at credentials and training if you are getting lost in the sea of contractors who are available and you are sure to find the best person for the job.

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