Do Singapore Electricians Have To Be Licensed?

In everything we do, it pays to be competent and confident in your chosen field of work. Though not all the time that certificates and licenses are needed to prove one’s competence, still it pays to have them as proof of your hard work.

However, licenses are not only used as proof of one’s competence. It can also prove your reliability in the work that you’ll be doing. As such, in most developed countries like Singapore, they require licenses for even the most mundane of jobs. Think about accountability in the long term.

In Singapore, if you want to become an electrician Singapore, you need to become what they call a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW). Take a look at some information regarding LEWs.

What is a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW)?

  • A technically competent person who can carry out electrical works
  • Licensed by the EMA
  • Can carry out the following tasks:
  1. Installation
  2. Maintenance
  3. Operation
  4. Inspection
  5. Testing
  6. Supply of electrical installations

What are the responsibilities of a LEW?

As a licensed electrician in Singapore, one needs to uphold the following responsibilities:

  1. Proper maintenance of electrical installations
  2. Ensures modifications and other electrical work are done in accordance to the code and regulation set by the country.

Licensed Electrical Worker Classes/Grades

  • Electrician
  • Possesses a National Institute of Technical Education Certificate +
  • Less than 2 years practical experience in Singapore or
  • Not less than 10 years in service in Singapore
  • Technician
  • Holds a Diploma major in Electrical Power Engineering  (NP/SP) +
  • Not less than 2 years practical experience in Singapore
  • Engineer
  • Registered professional engineer in Electrical Engineering +
  • Not less than 2 years practical experience in Singapore in Electrical Power Engineering

As you can see, one cannot just declare themselves an electrician in Singapore unless they possess the necessary licenses and experience to fulfill their work competently. With these stringent procedures, rest assured that you’ll only get to work with the best of the best electricians in the world.