“License and registration, please.” This is the first thing you should say to any electrician you’re considering working with. Why? Like most states, Rhode Island requires electricians to be licensed and insured to work in the state – it’s the law.
The RI Department of Labor and Training’s Professional Regulation Unit oversees the training and licensing of Rhode Island electricians, for your protection. They ensure that your electrician is well qualified, and will follow the National Electric Code and comply with State and local building codes when installing electrical systems in RI homes and businesses. The electrician is required to have formal training through a technical school or apprenticeship, as well as hands-on experience. For example, a Master Electrician must have at least six years of trade experience.
The Rhode Island Electricians Application is extensive, requires photo ID and must be notarized. Licenses must be renewed every two years. And the list of laws, rules and regulations governing RI electricians is extensive to say the least.
Aside from the importance of knowing whom you are letting into your home or business, electrical work requires proper training and skill. The safety of your home and family depends on your electrician’s expertise! In addition to the codes and standards, your licensed professional must be trained to avoid safety risks. They can diagnose the problem, and will be prepared to complete projects efficiently, correctly and in a timely manner.
Further, your licensed electrician must have insurance. Electricity is dangerous, and your electrician’s insurance offers protection from injury, property damage and other accidents. It protects the electrician and anyone working for them, as well as your home or business itself. (After all, your insurance provider certainly wouldn’t pick up any cost related to work that was done by an unlicensed electrician.)
Why hire a licensed electrician in Little Rhody? Yes, it’s the law, but it really boils down to peace of mind. Licensed electricians bring experience and professionalism to the job. Because of rigorous state and national standards, you can rest easy knowing that your electrician is qualified and prepared.