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Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, is to establish an accepted professional status for electricians in the country through accrediting their qualifications and experience.
The proposed mechanism was developed by PUCSL in collaboration with the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), Tertiary, Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (PVT) Limited (LECO).
Explaining the reasons behind the initiative taken, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, Damitha Kumarasingh said, “Sri Lanka has reported 106 electrocutions in the year 2017. 55 percent of the electrocutions have occurred due to the issues of wiring, maintenance and non-standards. With the system is in place, the professional status of the electricians will be uplifted as well as the safety & quality of the electrical installation will be assured.”

PUCSL launched a public consultation on accrediting and licensing of electricians with a view of receiving the public, expertise and other stakeholder comments on the proposed mechanism. The comments will be accommodated to improve the proposed system.
Sri Lanka has about 21000 electricians and data shows that only a few of them are qualified in National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). Most of the wiring and maintenance of the households and other premises are carried out by electricians who have no recognized qualifications but have experience through practice.
With the introduction of the mechanism, all the electricians will be issued a temporary license to continue their work and that license will only be valid for three (03) years.
For those who are qualified with National Vocational Qualification 3 (NVQ 3) and above can obtain a permanent license from CIDA within a day, after proving their knowledge at the evaluation facilitated by the Evaluation Panel.
For those who are not professionally qualified, but have hands-on experience, are given the opportunity to prove the competency and to qualify for NVQ levels through a process facilitated by CIDA, so that they can apply for the permanent license.
With the permanent license, electricians can design, wire, test, the installation of domestic wiring (30 amps Signal phase) and issue a certificate to get the electrical connection which is accepted by CEB and LECO.
According to the proposed mechanism, it is a must to produce the certification of an electrician with the permanent license, which state that the installation was designed, wired and tested to receive the electrical connection to a domestic (up to 30A, single phase).
Electricians with permanent licenses can also carry-out the wiring, testing and installation of the three phase 30 amps & 60 amps installation, subject to the design by a chartered engineer.
The proposed mechanism will also provide a career ladder for the electricians, according to their professional level and expertise, starting from apprentice, junior electrician, senior electrician, master electrician and utility electrician.
The Utility electricians are recognized to install and maintain the distribution lines of 1000 Volt to 33000 Volt.
“With the mechanism in place, it is aimed to standardize the practice of the electricians to match with international standards and will encourage people who want to enter into this industry by transforming their social stigma to a social status.” Kumarasinghe said.
PUCSL invites stakeholders views, suggestions, recommendations, concerns and comments related to the following areas;
1. Categories/ classes of License to be issued and corresponding pre-requisite Qualifications.
2. Eligibility Requirements for Licenses and the Responsibilities held.
3. Suggestions on Structure of the Licensing Issuance Framework and Implementation.
4. Accountabilities held by key stakeholders & consortium.
5. Socio-Economic Impacts of the Licensing Issuance Framework Establishment.

The proposed mechanism in detail is now available at for reference. Those who are interested can submit their written comments/submissions to the Commission by post/fax or e-mail ( and online via on or before 21st March 2018.
Further, PUCSL plans to hold an oral submission on the same. The venue and the date of the meeting will be communicated to the interested parties at an early date.



  1. Well Done. Very good initiative to enforce the international standard like BS7671: 2008 ~ 2018 18th Edition Wiring Regulation. This Enforcement for ANY Electrical installation should have been done many many years ago to avoid lucrative wring methods especially just simply using 104 wire to make a Ring/Radial circuits for the household/as well as for the large institutions as well whilst ignoring the recommended wire sizes for each and every circuits for a particular installation. Personally I have seen sockets where the sockets running with 104 wire for 13A circuits and some cases even without Earth connection as well, consequently causing fire to the premises as well. Especially as we have a TT supply from the CEB (without Earth- A Must for every installation must be provided by the consumer, many places the consumer never know where the Earth is rather they don’t have in some cases) So there is no protection. Also the type of the MCB breakers used in this country also utterly wrong. E.g. C type MCBs where the tripping time much longer than the B type to avoid fire Risks! Therefore, amidst the super high rise buildings are being constructed for the tourism sector we must maintain an international standards to attract the tourist too. Thus BS 7671 qualified electrician is an inevitable requirement for the Electrical industry. So a Competent person scheme is a must and it should be made statutory then only that competent person can touch any wiring installation/maintenance regardless of household or commercial wiring. Also the sub-standard products should be wiped out from the local market (Malwatta Road selling for peanut prices) to regulate a quality installations as well as to avoid electricity related risks such as Shock, Fire and risk for human and animal protection too. Advance wishes Good Luck!. Should you wish to discuss further can mail me as below on my email.

  2. Dear sir,

    It is worthwhile the prospective licence to be recognized internationally for those who are willing to accept working assignments overseas (Especially Middle East). If some international trade certification/licence is in line with the proposed system, our electricians could contribute to bring foreign exchange to our country in coinciding with the uplifting of inland electrical trade.


  4. good achievement for electrical industries, but even chartered Engineers are issue certificates without inspection and issue signature with blank forms, then how do you to control electrician.Methode should be introduce eliminate these things also

  5. It is good initiative taken by the PUCSL. It is my opinion to have separate Professional Body to govern the industry and develop the same. They should have there on Curriculum Vita.

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