Starting an Electrical business

Start a new business — Industry start-up guides — Electrician

What is involved in running an electrician business?

Electricians generally specialise in either domestic (houses, apartments, schools, etc) or commercial (industrial, agricultural, large buildings, etc) projects. In addition to running the business, as an electrician your role will typically involve the following types of activities and tasks;

  • read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • plan the layout of wiring systems
  • test for, locate and repair electrical malfunctions
  • install electrical and electronic control systems and insulated cables
  • install electrical equipment such as storage heaters, water heaters, electrical signs, switchboards and motors
  • assemble and fabricate electrical and electronic components and appliances
  • connect electrical equipment to power supplies
  • connect switches, outlets and other fittings
  • connect circuit breakers
  • maintain automated production processes.

If you are planning to start an electrical services business, it is assumed that you have already worked in the industry and have the necessary experience to work unsupervised.

Do I need any special skills or qualifications?

To become an electrician you will need to complete a certified qualification, such as an apprenticeship, that involves both on-the-job training and study through a registered institution such as TAFE. Talk to your local institution about courses such as the for more information.

Are there any licences and permits I need to work as an electrician?

Before starting a electrical services business, you need to check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your business.

The (ABLIS) is a free online service that will help you find the right local, state and Australian government licences, permits, registrations and other support services that you need to operate a business.

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