RURA bans unlicensed electricians efficient March 1 | The New Occasions
Electrical installation work that is carried out in all residential or business premises must be carried out by practitioners with valid permits issued by the Rwandan utility and regulatory authority (RURA) with effect from March 1, the regulatory authority has announced.
The aim of this step is to enforce the regulations for electrical systems that aim to remove unskilled practitioners and prevent or at least significantly reduce fire incidents in the country.
Ernest Nsabimana, director general of RURA, said in a statement that those who wish to purchase electricity from the Rwanda Electricity Group (REG / EUCL) must provide evidence that they have hired a competent person or company before taking care will.
Currently, the deadline only applies to owners of buildings in Kigali City. The rules will be extended to other parts of the country at a later date.
“Owners of the existing or new building who want to obtain electricity must present a certificate of conformity or a letter of commitment stating that the installation has been or will be properly carried out by a certified electrician with a valid permit from RURA. ” he said.
In November 2020, RURA took the first steps to enforce the requirements that electricians must meet before they are allowed to carry out electrical installations in buildings.
The rules were introduced a few years ago to protect people, property and the environment from the dangers that can arise from faulty electrical installations.
According to RURA’s general manager for energy, water and sanitation, Alexis Mutwale, only around 100 electrical engineers were certified nationwide in November last year.
“We need more licensed electrical engineers, but for now, enforcement will be gradual, starting with Kigali to avoid sudden bottlenecks,” he said.
Officials hope the cleanup will help combat fire incidents that continue to rage across the country, particularly in the city of Kigali, and cost billions in destroyed property.
Fires are particularly widespread in the capital’s commercial centers, especially in Gisozi, including in recent weeks.
“There are still concerns about fires in public buildings and homes,” said Mutwale, suggesting that in most cases, poor electrical systems were responsible for these fires.
“People tend to blame REG (Rwanda Energy Group) but in fact these incidents can be traced back to the work of incompetent and unskilled electrical engineers,” he added.
In 2019, successive fires destroyed many goods and materials worth over Rwf 2 billion, including goods from hardware stores worth almost Rwf 1.5 billion.
The regulatory authority first published a call for approval applications on November 17th.
To obtain approval, an electrician must take an exam to test their expertise after presenting the required academic certificates.
The exams are prepared in cooperation with the Institution of Engineers Rwanda. Applicants must have a degree or secondary school certificate in electrical engineering to qualify for the exam.
Classification of licenses
After passing the exam, the candidate receives a license in one of the four categories A, B, C, D and Z.
Class A includes those certified for electrical installation in residential buildings with a maximum of five bedrooms and repairs to equipment up to 230 volts.
Class B includes those who can carry out electrical installations in multi-storey buildings, other large bungalows and villas with complex design and commercial buildings, as well as the installation of lighting systems up to a voltage of 400 volts and all class A work.
Class C is specially designed for those who are certified to install low and medium voltage connections up to 30 kV and for work below Class B.
Class D is intended for those who can design and install electrical installation systems in specialized areas such as switchgear, central heating, cooling, generator sets and solar systems.
The last class is Z and a category for those who install systems up to and including high voltage (70 kV and higher).