A skilled workforce is necessary to handle the risks of working with electrical equipment. Certification programs exist to help prepare this skilled workforce. These programs encompass training to ensure proficiency and keep workers up-to-date on new equipment and regulations. An individual should choose the right electrical certification to match his job requirements. As certifications are often targeted toward specific skills sets, he or she may choose to achieve multiple relevant certifications in order to become well-rounded. Before choosing any certification program, an electrical professional should consider their own needs, as well as the experience and credentials of the instructors.
- There are risks involved in any exposure to electrical equipment whether the equipment is at installation, inspection, maintenance, repair, or upgrade.
- Some of the damages that can be caused by electrical equipment are electrical burns, shocks, fires, and explosions, but also come legal ramifications for each.
- Technicians dealing with electrical equipment have to be qualified and have general knowledge of equipment operations along with safety, together with basic testing and troubleshooting skills.
“To avoid these risks, electrical contractors and utilities depend on a skilled workforce with a baseline (or better) level of qualifications and experience.”