1,179 out of 1,492 candidates who sat for various categories of the May/June 2019 electrical wiring examination nationwide passed.
This brings the total number of Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals and Inspectors to about 8,980 nationwide.
Speaking at the 2019 Electrical Wiring Certificate Award Ceremony in Accra, Head of Electrical Wiring Secretariat at the Energy Commission, Stephen N-ebe Yomoh explained the various categories of the examination.
“Out of this number that passed, 868 representing 73 percent are in the Domestic Electrical Wiring class, 267 representing 22 percent are in the Commercial Electrical Wiring division, 29 representing 2.4 percent are in the Industrial Wiring class and 15 representing 1.2 percent are Inspectors.”
He added that throughout the country, “4,671 (59.9%) are certified to undertake domestic electrical wiring, 2,582 (33.1%) are certified to undertake commercial electrical wiring, 421 (5.4%) are certified for electrical wiring and 127 (1.6%) are certified electrical wiring inspectors.”
Mr. Yomoh also disclosed that “facility owners who require electricity service connection from Distribution Utility Companies no longer have to pay for the services of a certified inspector to conduct inspection and testing.”
“It is the responsibility of the certified electrician to ensure that the job executed is verified and authenticated by an inspector in accordance with the law and accordingly pay the inspector,” he added.
According to the Head of Electrical Wiring Secretariat at the Energy Commission, the temporary arrangements which were made since 2017 to allow facility owners who engage the services of uncertified persons to have their facilities inspected by certified inspector will end December 2019.
For his part National Vice President of Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals Association of Ghana (CEWPAG), Samuel Nii Tackie urged the Energy Commission to address concerns of his association.
This according to him includes “distribution utilities should strictly adhere to the law and not give service connection to any facility not wired by a Certified Electrical Wiring Professional (CEWP)” adding that all staff of the utility distribution providers who are CEWP’s should stop certifying and stamping forms without visiting the to run tests on the installation in order to bring sanity in the implementation.”
Meanwhile registration of Electrical Contractors is expected to begin this December as the draft frame work for the registration process awaits approval.
The Energy Commission has also finalized arrangements to open its Tamale and Takoradi offices for monitoring purposes and to cater for the needs of electricians in the Northern and Western part of the country.
Story By: Henry George Martinson/radiogoldlive.com