A consultation on the regulation of electricians

Closes 12 Feb 2021

Opened 23 Nov 2020


Currently anyone can call themselves an electrician, without the need for any qualifications or competency.  This can lead to customers, especially domestic consumers, hiring unqualified or less competent individuals, resulting in faults that can lead to fire or personal injury, such as electric shocks.

The consultation considers whether regulatory measures are required to give greater protection to the public and reduce the level of poor electrical workmanship by a persistent rogue trader element.

The consultation also discusses increasing consumer awareness and helping consumers identify or verify competent and qualified electricians.

Why we are consulting

The Scottish Government is gathering information and views on whether regulations should be introduced in relation to electricians.  We want to hear whether you think there is a need for electricians to be regulated.  While the focus of the consultation is on domestic work carried out for individual consumers, it will also apply to commercial and industrial work.

Read the consultation paper. 

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