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Rules of Registration

General Principles

-        The Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland Limited (RECI) is a body which has been appointed by the Commission for EnergyRegulation ("the Commission") as the Electrical Safety Supervisory Body (ESSB) under Section 9D(1)(a) of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 as amended by the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 ("the Act"). The new ESSB will run under the name Safe Electric.

-         Safe Electric's primary objective is to protect the safety interests of customers with respect to electrical installation activities through the registration and supervision of electrical contractors, all in accordance with the provisions of the Regulatory System as set out in the Act and the Criteria Document (which is referred to in the Act). The Criteria Document sets out the safety standards and procedures to be adhered to by Electrical Contractors. This Document is and may be subject to change in accordance with the Act.

-         In terms of the Act, an individual shall not certify controlled electrical work (as defined in the Act) unless that person is registered with an Electrical Safety Supervisory Body.

-         These Rules have been prepared by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and approved by Safe Electric. The Rules shall be subject to revision from time to time and any changes made shall be subject to the approval of the Commission.

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The Rules of Registration are also available in a booklet form.Please contact us if you wish to get the booklet.

Application Form

Click here to download the Application for Registration Form.

Qualification Requirements


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.

Foreign Qualifications:

In Ireland, the statutory regulatory scheme for electrical contractors is operated by Safe Electric on behalf of the Commission for Energy Regulation www.cer.ie. The qualification requirements for membership of the Safe Electric scheme are listed on this page. If you have a QQI Advanced Certificate – Craft, or another suitable award, comparable to Level 6 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), you may be eligible to be registered with Safe Electric. It is a matter for the applicant to demonstrate the equivalence of their particular qualification.

In light of the number of applicants with qualifications other those listed above, the Commission for Energy Regulation is engaging with Safe Electric and other relevant agencies to establish a more formalised system of assessment and recognition of “equivalent” qualifications. This system is in the early stages of development.

QQI (NARIC Ireland) is responsible for the provision of recognition advise on foreign qualifications. The website www.naric.ie contains over 900 foreign qualifications where a comparability statement may be accessed. This statement places the foreign award in the context of the Irish education and training system. It compares the foreign qualification to a similar award at a level on the Irish NFQ.
For more information please view their website at www.naric.ie or contact them at naric@qqi.ie. It should be noted that QQI/NARIC Ireland provides advisory information only on foreign qualifications and do not advise on specific subjects or fields of learning or results achieved.

SOLAS (formerly FAS) is responsible for apprentice training in general in Ireland. Any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in relation to apprenticeship qualifications is their responsibility. See www.solas.ie. RPL is generally for unqualified apprentices or persons with other qualifications who can claim credit for skills and knowledge they have already. However they must register as an apprentice with SOLAS as part of this.


Membership Process

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 ECSSA 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.
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Membership Fees

All applications must be submitted with a copy of your qualifications, insurance and a cheque for €75 for your Application fee. For successful applications an annual subscription fee of €295 will apply for operators with less than 10 electricians. If you join during the year you will pay a pro rata fee. There are higher rates of subscription for companies with over 10 and over 50 electricians.