What's the Difference Between An Electrician And An Electrical Contractor

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An electrician is known as an electrical worker or an individual qualified tradesperson. An electrical contractor is a suitably trained individual or business that holds the required insurances and can employ an electrical worker. Electricians are typically not allowed to perform work for the public unless under the employment of an electrical contractor.

Electrical contracting businesses are licensed and insured to perform electrical services such as:

  • Install a ceiling fan or power point
  • Install or alter a switchboard or safety switch
  • Install a split cycle air conditioner
  • Repair a washing machine
  • Maintain a processing plant
  • Install or alter wiring or fixed appliances in a building.

While electrical contractors and electricians both hold licences, only electrical contractors hold the required insurances to properly and safely operate a business. These insurances protect the employees and home owners/business owners from insurance liabilities. These requirements vary from state to state.

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