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An electrical contractors certificate is issued by the department of labor.

At Fixonate, we facilitate the process of obtaining a certificate on your behalf from this department.

We take about 2 days to obtain the certificate for you.

In this article, we shall be discussing the documents and costs associated with the Electrical contractors certificate.

In addition to this, we shall also discuss the trade certificate, which is a prerequisite in the obtaining of the electrical contractors certificate.

Application Documents

To assist you with the application of a contractors certificate, please forward us the following documents via email at

  • Trade certificate
  • Certified ID copy
  • Company’s registration document
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • Proof of address

The trade licence

Please note that you cannot apply for the electrical contractors certificate before obtaining the trade licence from the ESETA. In order to obtain the trade licence, you will need to have passed an assessment test issued by the ESETA . To qualify for the test, you need at least a minimum qualification in electrical engineering at the NQF level 3.

How long does it take?

Although the average turn around time for the electrical contractors certificate is within 21 working days, at Fixonate we can get it for you within 24 hours.

Who issues the certificate of compliance?

The certificate of compliance is issued by an electrician who is registered with the department of labor. The registered electrician purchases the certificates of compliance from the department of labor by using his registration certificate number. After successfully carrying out an electrical inspection, the registered electrician will issue the certificate of compliance.

How do you check if an electrician is registered?

You can check the validity of an electrician’s contractors certificate by visiting the electrical conformance board of south Africa and punching in the registration certificate number, name, surname or the company’s name.

How do you become an electrical contractor?

To become an approved electrician that’s capable of issuing a certificate of a compliance, you must have at least obtained your wire man’s licence at the department of labor. To be registered at the department of labor, you must start off by submitting your trade certificate issued by the ESETA.

The ESETA stands for the Energy Sector Education and Training Authority which will only issue you a certificate, only if you have at least an electrical trade qualification at the national qualification’s frameworks level 3.  In addition to this, you must also pass the trade test set by the assessor at ESETA. Once successful, the ESETA will submit your portfolio evidence to the Electrical Conformance Board and issue you with a certificate which you can submit to the department of labor to obtain your wire man’s licence.

You can apply for the wire man’s licence by filling in the departmental’s application form together with payment of R 120 into the applicable bank account.

The electrical contractors certificate is a prerequisite when applying for the CIDB electrical engineering class of works.

We can assist you with the application of a contractors certificate, simply indicate so on the application button below.

Validity of an electrical certificate

An electrical contractors certificate is valid for a period of between 1 to 3 years dependent on how much you paid for.

An applicant can pay for 1 or 3 years registration period, the 1 year period is R 120 whereas the 3 year period is R 360.

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