At Mountain Point Electrical Inc., our technicians are certified and continuously trained in the latest safety procedures and technologies. The following are some steps to help you confirm that an electrician is certified:
1. Check Their Credentials
The easiest way to determine if an electrician is certified is to ask them directly. A certified electrician should be able to produce valid identification and credentials upon request.
Website and Marketing Materials
Often, an electrician’s certification status is mentioned on their website, in advertisements, or on business cards. Look for terms like “Licensed,” “Certified,” or “State-Approved.”
Certified electricians have a license number. Once you have this number, you can verify its authenticity by online checking with your state or local licensing board. The Electrical Safety Authority shares how to verify a licensed electrical contractor for those who want to confirm the credibility of your potential contractors.
2. Verify Through Third-Parties
Check With Licensing Boards
Many jurisdictions have online databases or websites that allow you to search for and verify the license status of an electrical contractor. This will tell you if the electrician is currently licensed, when their license expires, and whether they have had any disciplinary actions taken against them.
Consult Reviews and References
While this won’t confirm certification, reviews and references can assure the electrician’s competence and professionalism.
Electricians who are members of recognized trade associations are required to be certified as a condition of membership.
3. Other Considerations
Besides being certified, ensure the electrician is insured. Insurance companies believe that this is necessary for your protection in case something goes wrong during the job.
Ask for a Written Estimate
A certified electrician should be fine providing a written estimate before work begins, detailing the scope of work, materials needed, and the cost.
For certain types of work, permits are required. A certified electrician will know the procedures for obtaining these permits and can even pull them on your behalf.
Certified electricians should know the National Electrical Code and any local codes or amendments. Compliance with these codes is a good indicator of an electrician’s qualifications.