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What Does it Mean to be a Licensed Electrician?


Electrical work is a complex task that requires great communication, mechanical ability, and a comprehensive knowledge of electricity and electrical systems. That’s why the Government of Alberta created strict guidelines regarding who is allowed to do this type of work. Followed properly, these guidelines keep everyone safe by utilizing licensed electricians. In this week’s article, we are going to discuss what it means to be a licensed electrician and how that affects the home and business owners who use their expertise. 


The Basics

Licensed electricians may be responsible for installation, alteration, repair, and maintenance of electrical systems. These systems can produce heat, light, power, control, or even signals for any type of building or structure. Not only does this require physical labour, but often the tasks of interpreting drawings, calculating placement, and testing electrical systems. Electricians can be trained to work in residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial applications. Our experts at 4-Star Electric specialize in residential and commercial services. 


Levels of Expertise

Not all electricians have the same level of education, and like any field have different levels of expertise. 


  • Apprentice. These electricians are currently undergoing formal training. They divide their time between on-the-job and in-class instruction. 
  • Journeyman. After 4 years, if an apprentice has completed a minimum of 6,120 hours of on the job training and 36 weeks of in-class instruction, they may become a certified journeyman electrician in Alberta
  • Master. With 2 more years of training, a journeyman may choose to become a master. This position allows them to obtain permits, train apprentices, or even run their own business.
  • Red Seal. The qualifications for being a licensed electrician are not the same all across Canada. If an electrician wants the flexibility of working in any province, they must complete their Red Seal certification. 


Licensed electricians are key to completing electrical work in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. Our team of professionals meet and exceed all of the qualifications set down by the provincial government. For electrical work in the Greater Calgary Area, contact us today to find out the 4-Star difference!

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