The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has the statutory function to regulate the activities of electrical contractors with respect to safety. The CRU carries out this function through the Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) regulatory scheme (“the scheme”).

The scheme is operated by Safe Electric on behalf of the CRU. Certain professional qualifications are required to access scheme registration.

Under the European Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC), if you hold relevant professional qualification(s) from outside the Republic of Ireland, you must have them recognised before you can apply for scheme registration.

To have your non-Irish qualifications recognised, you must complete the application form detailing your professional qualification(s) and experience. A Panel of Experts will review your application and decide if you can apply to register with the scheme.

The Directive applies to eligible persons holding qualifications from – or recognised by – a European Economic Area (EEA) Member State. Due to the timelines set out in the Directive, applicants who meet the full requirements will be prioritised. Applications from non-EEA countries may be delayed.

Please read the Guidance Notes and Essential Learning Outcomes documents before completing the application form.

If you hold a City & Guilds qualification such as Level 3 Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) (C&G 2357) you may be able to apply directly to Safe Electric.
Please contact Safe Electric: / +353(0)1 492 9966.


Supporting Documentation Below

Download Application Form (Word Document)

Link to Guidance Notes

Link to Electrical Essential Learning Outcome