Safe Electric is responsible for the regulation of the activities of electrical contractors in the Republic of Ireland with respect to safety. Safe Electric holds a register of all Registered Electrical Contractors (RECs), and ensures through audits and inspections that RECs are operating to the relevant national standards and technical rules. Safe Electric carry out disciplinary actions where necessary, and ensures that any REC that appears on the register has the appropriate insurance cover in place.
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has appointed the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) to operate the Safe Electric Scheme on behalf of the CRU.
The responsibilities of Safe Electric with respect to safety are outlined in detail in the Criteria Document.
The Criteria Document sets out the detailed rules, procedures and requirements in relation to the regulatory system for electrical safety. This document is published by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) and is particularly relevant to Registered Electrical Contractors (RECs) and Safe Electric. RECs must agree to be bound to the Criteria Document in order to be registered.
From time to time the CRU may make changes to the Criteria Document.
RECI was appointed by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) as the Electrical Safety Supervisory Body (ESSB). RECI will operate the Safe Electric Scheme on a not-for-profit basis for a seven year period 2016-2022.
The ESSB is appointed by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) and it is responsible for running the Safe Electric Scheme. For the designation period 2016-2022, the CRU has appointed RECI as the single ESSB. The principal functions of the ESSB include, without limitation, the registration of electrical contractors and, the inspection, auditing and monitoring of electrical contractors and their work and activities with respect to safety.
These are electrical works which, under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 as amended, can only be carried out and must be certified by individuals who are registered with Safe Electric, i.e. only by RECs. REWs include electrical work in a domestic setting. More information on REW can be found here and here.
Minor Electrical Works generally involve the “like for like” replacement of switches, sockets, lighting fittings and/or additions to an existing circuit. The work must be in compliance with the National Wiring Rules. See document CER/13/147 for a definition of Minor Electrical Works.
The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has changed its name to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to reflect its broadened remit and mission to regulate water, energy and energy safety in the public interest. The CRU is Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator and has a wide range of economic, customer protection and safety responsibilities. RECI operate the Safe Electric scheme on behalf of the CRU. If you wish to find more information about the CER please click here to visit the CER website.
The CRU has statutory responsibility for the regulation of the activities of electrical contractors in the Republic of Ireland with respect to safety. The CRU has appointed RECI (operating as Safe Electric) as the Electrical Safety Supervisory Body (ESSB) to act as the regulatory body for electrical contractors and to complete the day-to-day activities in this area. The CRU remains responsible for policy decisions regarding electrical safety and the operation of the regulatory scheme.
The CRU also undertakes investigations where unregistered electrical contractors may have completed Restricted Electrical Works in a domestic setting or describe themselves in a manner likely to suggest that they are a REC. These instances can be reported by filling out the report illegal electrical works form.
You will need to submit the following documentation:
- Fully completed Application Form
- Evidence of the recognised electrical qualifications of your nominated Qualified Certifier (QC), i.e. National Craft Certificate or another suitable award, equivalent to Level 6 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications
- Evidence of successful completion of Verification, Testing and Certification course (V&C course) by QC
- Proof of a valid insurance (Copy of the Insurance Policy or complete Certificate of Insurance Form filled, stamped and signed by the insurance company or insurance broker)
- Payment of application fee
- Payment of subscription fee (can be paid later at issuing registration)
Please follow the step-by-step instructions on the How to Join Safe Electric page for more details.
When you apply for registration you will have to pay an application fee of €75.
For successful applicants the following annual registration fee will apply depending on the number of electricians employed:
- Employing 10 or less electricians: €354
- 11 to 50 electricians: €558
- More than 50 electricians: €834
If you have a National Craft Certificate or another suitable award, equivalent to Level 6 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications, you are eligible to be registered with Safe Electric.
After registration Safe Electric will carry an inspection of your installation. You are not authorised to self-certify your installations until a satisfactory inspection has been carried out. However if you have been previously registered with RECI or have the requisite prior experience you may be granted the entitlement to self-certify straight away but an inspection will be carried out within 6 months of registration. Upon completion of the inspection the Safe Electric Approvals Committee will confirm your registration.
At the end of the calendar year Safe Electric issues the REC with the invoice for the annual subscription fee. The fee is to be paid within 30 days of the renewal date, i. e. by end of January of the current year. The REC should also meet the other registration requirements at the time of the renewal. For more details of the registration renewal process please visit click here.
You can find Training Centers that provide the accredited Verification & Certification course here.
Safe Electric has a team of Inspectors who inspect installation works in the Republic of Ireland. Each Inspector is assigned an area, please visit the Our Inspectors page to see on the coverage map which inspector is responsible for your area.
The Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended, makes it mandatory for a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) to issue a Completion Certificate for all electrical works (excluding minor works). If a REC carries out minor electrical works they must be certified if requested by the customer. Completion Certificates are supplied to RECs by Safe Electric (see Price List and Order Form).
It is through the certification system, that Safe Electric can monitor and validate that the electrical works completed meet the required safety standards.
Please click here to see further information on the different types of Completion Certificates.
It can happen for various reasons. In alignment with the Enforcement procedures of the CRU Criteria Document (Common Procedure No. 5 – Enforcement), RECs who do not comply with the registration requirements, may have their self-certification rights revoked which can also accompany restrictions in purchasing new Certificates. You should receive warning messages from Safe Electric on the post or in email before your self-certification rights are revoked. The most common reasons for revoking self-certification rights and restricting the purchase of new Certs can be
- not paying the annual subscription fee,
- not maintaining a valid insurance,
- not sending back Post-Connection Certs,
- not having a valid Qualifier Certifier number,
- not returning Non-Conformance rectification notice.
As soon as you take action and meet the registration requirements, your self-certification rights will be reinstated.
If you are not sure why you are restricted from buying new Certs please contact the Safe Electric office for more information.