There is always a lot of commercial work for electricians and commercial electricians are very much in demand.

A lot of people require electrical services for residential and or commercial services and it is often considered a highly sophisticated field of employment.

Commercial electricians may find themselves installing complex electrical systems into commercial buildings, working at heights; for example outside lighting, distribution box  poles, high roof lighting or up in suspended office ceilings across a wide range of building types such as:

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Offices
  • Hotels
  • Leisure facilities
  • Restaurants, cafés, and bars
  • Shopping malls
  • Libraries
  • Shops
  • Government buildings
  • Theatres, cinemas, and other entertainment venues
  • Museums
  • Various businesses and in public places


Some tasks associated with the Commercial Electrician Role:

Designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical wiring and equipment in commercial buildings;

Ensuring that electrical systems comply with the national and local, regional safety standards and regulations.

Reading and interpreting technical drawings, schematics, and schematics to plan and carry out electrical projects.

Troubleshooting and diagnosing electrical issues and malfunctions using various testing tools and equipment of the trade.

Working with different types of electrical systems and components, such as lighting, heating or cooling, fire alarms, security systems, CCTV, power distribution, control panels, circuit boards, switches, sockets, terminals and so on.

2 Gang single Gang Wiring.

Wiring a metal stud frame skeleton office complex. Mounting brackets on metal framing during the roughing stage.

Supervising and coordinating with other tradespeople, such as plumbers, carpenters, painters, etc, to ensure the timely completion of electrical projects.

Communicating with clients, managers, engineers, architects, and inspectors to provide updates on the progress and status of electrical projects.


Some Commercial/Domestic Electrician Qualifications:

Most electricians come through an apprenticeship route, theory, skills and on the job training with for example an AM2 qualification in electrical installations.

AM2 or the Achievement Measurement 2 is a practical performance skill test administered by the National Electrotechnical Training (NET).

As of the release of C&G 2357 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Technology, the AM2 exam becomes unit 2357-399 of the before mentioned qualification.

Level 3 Certificate in Inspection, Testing, Design City & Guilds 100/3599/0 and Certification of Electrical Installations 5 Qualifications Guide (Dec 2022) EAS Appendix 4 – Requirements for Qualified Supervisors and persons carrying out Electrical Inspection and Testing.

An Electrician must take the AM2 test if:

Finishing an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship (C&G 2357)

Electrician Certification Bodies and Standards:


BPEC is an industry leading specialised provider of qualifications, assessments, training courses and learning materials,  working closely with a UK wide network of colleges, private training centres and industry stakeholders. BPEC is dedicated to providing education and lifelong learning to those who work in the Building Services Engineering (BSE) and commercial electrical sector.

BPEC’s learning materials and short courses have been developed in close consultation with commercial industry bodies and employers.

Combination and High Efficiency Boilers.

Electricity for Plumbers.

Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS).

Safe Isolation of Low Voltage Electrical Installations.

BS7671: the national safety standard for electrical installations. A commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) evaluates and tests electrical installations in commercial properties, to check your organisation is complying fully with BS7671.

NIC EIC: How NICEIC online certification helps you the customer. The notification and certification process provides you with:

Confirmation that the installation is safe, that (where appropriate) it complies with the Building Regulations and meets the relevant Regulations and Standards assurance that the electrical business has the competence to self-certify the work. Also the NIC EIC system will automatically send you the customer a hard or electronic copy of the Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.

Commercial electricians need to have a range of skills and qualifications to perform their job effectively. Some of these are:

  • A school or college qualification or equivalent
  • A valid electrician license or certification from the relevant authority
  • A thorough knowledge of the electrical codes and standards
  • A good understanding of the principles and practices of electrical engineering
  • A high level of technical skill and proficiency in using various electrical tools and equipment
  • A strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • A good sense of safety and awareness of potential hazards
  • A good physical stamina and ability to work in different environments and conditions
  • A good problem-solving and analytical ability
  • A good communication and interpersonal skill
  • A good teamwork and collaboration skill
  • A good customer service and client satisfaction skill

Do Electricans Require Insurances?

Do electrical contractors need insurance? Of course.

Insurance will protect the electricians credibility, and ability to trade in the future.

What type of insurance do electricians need?

Electricians are working with electricity and live wires on a daily basis, so it’s always better to be prepared for any eventuality. Of course, there are a few things to consider.

Public liability insurance for electricians:

Public liability insurance offers electricians cover in case someone is accidentally injured or the property is damaged due to an incident. Public liability insurance can protect the customer and the electrician in the event of an incident.

So, whether it’s a trip and slip or a serious accident, an insured electrician gives the customer extra peace of mind.

Your commercial electrician will likely require:

Up to £5 million public liability protection.