Understanding the Importance of Low and High Voltage Certification in Electrical Work

   26 June 2024        Blogs

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When it comes to electrical work, the type of certification you hold is crucial for your safety and legal compliance. It’s essential to understand the differences between low voltage and high voltage certifications and the specific scopes they cover. 

Low Voltage vs. High Voltage Certification 

Low Voltage Certification: 

A low voltage certificate authorises individuals to work on electrical systems operating at voltages below 1,000 volts. This includes most residential, commercial, and light industrial electrical installations. 

High Voltage Certification: 

On the other hand, a high voltage certificate is necessary for working on systems that operate between 1,000 volts and 33,000 volts. These systems are typically found in heavy industrial settings, power generation plants, and high voltage distribution networks. 

Common Misconceptions 

Many people might be surprised to learn that holding a high voltage certification does not qualify an individual to work on low voltage equipment. Although the natural progression in an electrical career might seem to be moving from low voltage to high voltage work, this is not always the case. Some professionals start their careers with high voltage equipment and, consequently, may never obtain a low voltage certification. 

Legal and Safety Implications 

It’s crucial to remember that a high voltage certificate does not permit work on equipment below 1,000 volts. Doing so would breach the Electricity at Work Regulations. This violation not only increases the risk of injury and fatalities at work but can also result in significant financial penalties for the business. In severe cases, business owners and directors could face prison time. 

The Risks of Non-Compliance 

Non-compliance with electrical certification requirements is a serious issue. The risks include: 

  • Injury and Fatalities: Working with electrical systems without the proper certification can lead to potential life-changing or fatal accidents, posing serious risks to health and safety. 
  • Financial Penalties: Companies found in violation of the regulations can face hefty fines. 
  • Legal Consequences: Directors and business owners can be held personally liable, potentially resulting in imprisonment. 

 Ensuring Compliance through Effective Training 

At Develop, we offer a comprehensive range of electrical training courses designed to ensure you and your team are compliant with the latest regulations. Our training programmes cover all aspects of low and high voltage work, providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate safely and legally.  

Some of the courses we offer include, 

Competent Person: Low Voltage 

Authorised Person: Low Voltage 

HV Workshop – Practical Introduction to Safe Isolation of HV Equipment 

Authorised Person: High Voltage 

High Voltage Distribution Systems Design and Grading 

 Skilled Person: Mechanical (Boiler & Pressure Systems) 

We also deliver a course that will help upskill you from mechanical to electrical. By understanding the legalities, dangers and safe systems of work this course will ensure that you can carry out your duties as a maintenance engineer with the additional electrical skills and knowledge you need to stay safe. 

Don’t take unnecessary risks with your safety or your career. Ensuring you have the right certification for the voltage you work with is essential. Explore our courses and make sure you and your team are compliant with Develop’s professional training programmes.  

Remember, following the regulations isn’t just about compliance—it’s about protecting lives and livelihoods.  

Find the Right Course for You 

Not sure which course you need? Our expert customer service team is here to help. Contact us on 0800 876 6708 to discuss your training needs and we can help ensure you have the correct certification for your work. 

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