New Connections and the Certification Process

Certification Process

Every time an Electrical Contractor completes a new electrical installation, extension, or modification to an existing installation he/she is obliged to test and certify that the installation complies with current standards. These standards are set by the Electro Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI).

A validated Electrical Completion Certificate, where applicable, must be sent to ESB Networks by the electrical contractor's regulatory body before any connection work can commence.

Every customer should receive a copy of an Electrical Completion Certificate whenever electrical work is completed. Make sure you keep your copy of the certificate. This requirement helps to ensure your safety.

Typical situations where an ETCI certificate is required are:

  • Building a new dwelling or premises 
  • Building an extension to an existing dwelling or premises 
  • Altering the internal electrical wiring in any existing dwelling or premises 
  • Reconnecting a dwelling or premises that has been disconnected for more than six months 
  • Connecting electric fences and other installations.


Regulating Bodies

CER  is the independent body responsible for overseeing the liberalisation of Ireland's energy sector. The CER is the regulator for the electricity industry in Ireland. 

The Safe Electric Scheme oversees the registering of electrical contractors. Registration under Safe Electric means the contractor is legally registered and insured. This scheme is sponsored by the Commission for Energy Regulation. For further information on Registered Electrical Contractors go to Safe Electric.

ETCI is a voluntary body comprising 24 organisations representing the broad spectrum of electro-technology in Ireland. As the Irish member of IEC and CENELEC, ETCI formulates the national position on new and emerging standards. ETCI promotes electrical safety through its rules, guides and Codes of Practice.