Florida has the third highest number of electricians in the USA. This gives you a staggering number of companies and local businesses to choose from. When trying to find an electrician, it’s important to look for someone with the necessary qualifications and experience.
Electrical work can be extremely dangerous. Only a qualified electrician knows how to handle it safely. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide; learn exactly what qualifications and qualities you should look for when hiring a local electrician.
To work as an electrician in Florida, you must have a Certified Electrical Contractor license. This is issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. To get the license, you must submit your application and pass a two-part examination. The exam is split into a business section and a technical/safety section. You need to get at least 75% for each part to pass the exam.
On top of the examination, you need to do the following:
Applicants need to meet at least one of the following work experience requirements. Alternatively, they need to meet a combination of the qualifications that adds up to six years of electrical work.
Before becoming qualified, electricians need to prove they are financially responsible. They must submit personal financial statements and credit reports demonstrating their competence. Any issues (such as unpaid liens, judgments, or collection accounts) will be considered when the application is reviewed.
Any criminal history must be disclosed in the application. This is reviewed and taken into consideration before the application is approved or denied.
The Certified Electrical Contractor licenses expire every even-numbered year on August 31. To remain qualified, electricians pay a license renewal fee and complete 11 hours of continuing education. The continuing education includes information on workers’ compensation, workplace safety, business practices, the electrical laws and rules specific to Florida, building codes, and false alarm prevention.
When searching for a qualified local electrician, don’t feel shy to ask a lot of questions. You need to know if an electrician meets your standards and can complete your electrical work safely and efficiently.
Here are some questions you can ask:
A good electrician will be glad to answer all your questions, help you learn, and put you at ease by ensuring you understand everything you’re curious about.
Once you’ve compiled a list of options with necessary credentials, you may still not know which company to choose. When hiring within the service industry, it’s good practice to review your customer experience with the company and look through their client reviews. There are qualities of a great electrician that go above and beyond their qualifications, and you’ll find them there. Look for the following qualities:
A good electrician is punctual and has exceptional time management. They should show up when they say they will, or clearly communicate if they need to reschedule. They should also give you a realistic timeline when working. They should be willing to explain why certain jobs may take longer than you expected.
When an electrician is working, they’re either inside your home or your office. A good electrician is mindful and respectful while they work. They do their best to stay out of the way and keep things tidy. They will clean up after themselves, be careful with your belongings, and communicate respectfully if they need something from you.
Electrical work is dangerous, so it should never be rushed. But there’s no denying that having your power off is inconvenient. A qualified electrician knows the most efficient way to get their work done without needing to cut corners or compromise on safety. This means you’ll be up and running as soon as possible.
Finding a reliable, trustworthy, and qualified electrician can feel overwhelming–especially if you have an electrical emergency.
Thankfully, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has over 40 years of experience in the electrical industry. You can trust us to meet all your electrical needs safely and efficiently. If you’re dealing with any electrical issues in your home, contact us at 561-391-1048 today.