Professional skill requirements have been stipulated in law for people performing electrical works. The construction and repair of all fixed electrical installations (electrical equipment) require a so-called electrical works authorisation (the right to perform electrical works). These requirements also apply to the repair of electrical equipment. A person with no professional electrical skills may only perform certain simple work such as changing a fuse and building or repairing a single-phase extension cord (so-called everyman work,text in Finnish).
The key requirement for electrical works authorisation is that the contractor performing electrical work employs a supervisor of electrical work with a sufficient certificate of qualification. Decrees also set qualification requirements for electricians performing independent work in the employ of an electrical contractor (Section 11 of the Decision of the Ministry of Trade and Industry 516/1996).
You can find more information on qualifications on the website of SETI Oy.
Tukes, the electrical safety authority in Finland, shall be formally notified (form SL 1) before electrical work activities are commenced for the first time. The contractor can be a company or a natural person.
The decrees include just three minor exceptions for electrical contracting rights:
- the above-mentioned everyman work
- when a electrical professional meeting certain requirements performs electrical work in his/her own or a close relative’s apartment (Section 29 of the Decision of the Ministry of Trade and Industry 516/1996)
- when a person possessing a certificate of qualification performs minor, one-time electrical work (e.g. adding a wall socket)