If you intend to be hired by others to perform electrical work, you must be licensed by BC Safety Authority.
Electrical Contractors Guide
For more information regarding becoming an electrical contractor in British Columbia, please refer to the Electrical Contractor's Guide.
Applying for your licence
When you apply for an electrical contractor’s licence you must have the following prerequisite:
- Name a Field Safety Representative (FSR) on the licence,
- Provide the original surety bond of $ 10,000 bearing the principal's signature and insurer's signature and seal with your application, and
- Pay the application fee.
Renewing your licence
If you have received your renewal notice, please call 1-866-566-7233 to pay by credit card. Or bring your completed renewal form and payment to BCSA regional offices.
In 2012, Class A, B and C Field Safety Representatives (FSRs) must demonstrate their understanding of the current BC Electrical Code when they renew their certification. For more information, please read the FSR Continuing Education and Certification Program.
Changes to your licence
You must notify the BCSA by calling 1-866-566-7233 as soon as your contact information changes.
To be a Field Safety Representative (FSR), you must pass the exam for your certification. This allows you to be the named FSR on a contractor licence and on permits.
You are also authorized to sign declarations for work performed by contractors. It is then your responsibility to:
- Examine the work to ensure it complies with the Safety Standards Act,
- Request any inspections required under the Act,
- Ensure no work is concealed or connected to a supply unless authorized, and
- Ensure compliance with qualifications and supervision requirements for individuals doing work under the permit.
To qualify for an exam, you must meet the minimum requirements for that class.
Certificates are issued to individuals, not companies.