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​1. I have moved apartments, do I have to tell the Electricians Licensing Unit about this for the purpose of receiving the license at the new address?
No.  With effect from 15/1/12 the license and/or any other document will be sent to the postal address registered at the Population Registry.
Therefore, in order to receive the license and/or any other document you must immediately update the postal address at the Population Registry.


2. Several years ago I studied electricity at high school within the framework of the Ministry of Education.  I have lost my Matriculation Certificate, what should I do in order to prove electricity studies in order to receive the license?
You must apply to the school where you studied and were examined and ask for a copy of the certificate/proof of studies in electricity. If the school has closed, the graduate must apply to the Examinations Department at the Ministry of Education in Jerusalem.


 
3. I am an electrician with 30 years seniority in the performance of electricity works.  If in view of my great experience can I engage in inspections of electrical facilities and file an inspection report of an electrical facility?
Pursuant to the Electricity  Regulations (Licenses) it is forbidden for you to engage in inspections of electrical facilities unless you have received an inspector license of Class 1/2/3, as required by the Regulations.

4. I am a graduate of the Ministry of Education and I am in possession of a technological certificate comprising the following subjects at a cope of 5 study units:  electricity systems, and power systems command and control.  What type of license can I obtain?
You can progress in stages until you obtain a qualified-electrician license. At first you must file an application and then you can obtain an assistant license.  After proof of seniority, one year's experience in the performance of electricity works you can file an application and after the discretion of the Director of Electricity Matters you can receive a practical license. After proof of seniority and two years' experience in the performance of electricity works as a practical electrician, you can file an application and after the discretion of the Director of Electricity Matters you can receive a qualified license. 
 

5. I filed an application to receive a license and the Director for the Granting of Licenses for Electricity Works rejected the application, how can I appeal this?
You can send a letter of reservation and further review to the Director for the Granting of Licenses for Electricity Works with a request to receive a license and specify all your arguments, including the addition of documents etc..  The request for further review should be sent to fax no.:  02-6243042 or to the postal address:  8 King David Street Jerusalem 9103101.
You can ascertain whether the letter has arrived by telephone 02-6662030/2, Sunday to Thursday between the hours 09:00 to 17:00.
Alternatively, pursuant to Section 8 of the Electricity Law, 5714 – 1954, whoever considers himself to be affected by the decision of the Director for Granting Electricity Licenses may appeal thereon before the Appeals Committee appointed pursuant to Section 7.  This Appeals Committee sits at the Administrative Matters Court in Jerusalem.

6. I am a graduate of a practical electrician course under the supervision of the Ministry of Economics, what type of license can I obtain?
You can progress in stages until you obtain a practical-electrician license. At first you must file an application and then you can obtain an assistant license.  After proof of seniority, two years' experience in the performance of electricity works as an assistant-electrician, you can file an application and after the discretion of the Director of Electricity Matters you can receive a practical license.


7. I received a paper electricity license, is this a temporary license?  When will I receive the license on a plastic card?
The electricity license letter sent to the licensees is the formal letter which should be shown before whoever demands it after it has been paid, the validity of the license is specified on the letter.
The hard card is given during recent years as a service to the public (free of charge) however, the card is in addition to the formal letter.
Due to budgetary constraints and technical problems the latest issues were stopped, but during the course of 2015 we will once again issue them.  Notice thereof will be published on the website.

 

8. What should I attach to the application form in order to obtain a license to engage in the operation and performance of high voltage electricity works?
You should attach the following documents:

  1. A government completion certificate of a high voltage course under the supervision of the Ministry of Economics.  If you did not attend a first aid course within the framework of the high voltage course, you must provide a certificate from M.D.A. that you have undergone a first aid course.
  2. A recommendation from the electrical engineer who is responsible for the high voltage facility, whereby he has examined you, coached you and has found you to be fit to operate and work on the facility of which he is in charge.
  3. A detailed sketch of the high voltage electrical facility and its designation.
  4. The application must only be filed via your place of work, that is to say, you must also attach to the application a document/letter from your place of work requesting the license for you and specifying the reasons therefor.



9. I received a new license for payment of the fee, the expiry date is until 31/3/2013, when will I receive a license renewal?
The Licensing Fees Regulations that are published and prescribed by the Ministry of Finance prescribe that:
A fee should be paid for "Grant of a License" – that is to say a fee should be paid for the grant of a new license or for the grant of a higher ranking license than the one you had.
A fee should be paid for "Renewal of a License" – renewal of a license is for 3 years!  That is to say, to your question in February/March 2013 you will receive the renewal of your license for 3 additional years, and you will have to pay the fee for it.
 

10. What should I do in order to receive a control-service electrician license for elevators?
You should file an application via the online form on the website, and attach to the application a certificate confirmed by the Ministry of the Economy testifying as to relevant studies in electricity. There is no need to prove experience or to attach confirmations of experience in electricity/other.  Therefore, you should note in the online form that "I do not have professional experience in the performance of electricity works", because proof of experience is in accordance with the type of license applied for.

 

11. I filed an application to obtain an electricity license, and I received a summons to a professional talk with the Director for the Granting of Licenses for Electricity Works, what material should I go over?
Pursuant to Section 6 of the Electricity Law, 5714 – 1954 the Director has the authority to examine whether the applicant for a license has satisfactory practical experience in all matters pertaining to methods of using the license.
In preparation for the talk, we recommend that you go over the following subjects:

  • Knowledge of the Electricity Law and Regulations with emphasis on the "Earths and Protective Measures Against Electricity at Voltage of up to 1000 Volts" Regulations.
  • You should thoroughly understand the significance of protective earthing, types of calibration, choice of protections, loading conductors, etc.
  • It is recommended to prepare a brief description of your work.
  • You may bring plans that you have made and/or a list of works you have performed and/or confirmations of works during the recent period from an electrician holding a valid license, and also any material or other item that you think proper that can assist in your application.

 

12. I filed an application to obtain an engineer-electrician license, and I received a summons to the Director's Professional Advisory Committee, what material should I go over?
The applicant for an engineer-electrician license or an inspector electrician 1/2/3 license who has been summoned to the Director for Granting the License's  Professional Advisory Committee:

  •  You may bring plans that you have made and/or a list of works you have performed and/or a copy of certificates/inspections you participated in, confirmations of works/inspections during the recent period from an electrician holding a valid license, and also any material or other item that you think proper that can assist in your application.
  • It is recommended to prepare a brief description of your work.
  • In preparation for the talk, we recommend that you go over the following subjects:

FOR AN APPLICANT FOR AN ENGINEER-ELECTRICIAN LICENSE

  • The understanding of a linear schematic diagram of low voltage and high voltage electricity panels (high voltage – for applicants for an engineer-electrician license).  You should be acquainted with the function of every element and item in the sketch.
  • The understanding of an electricity infrastructure sketch in a low voltage and high voltage electrical facility (high voltage – for applicants for an engineer-electrician license).  You should be acquainted with the function of every element and item in the sketch.
  • Acquaintanceship with the Electricity Regulations.
  • Electricity panels (structure and requirements of the Electricity Law – "Panels of Voltage up to 1000 Volts" Regulations).
  • "Earths and Protective Measures Against Electricity at Voltage of up to 1000 Volts" Regulations.  You should thoroughly understand the significance of protective earthing, various types of calibration, etc.
  • Principles in the selection of protections ("Loading and Protection of Insulated Conductors and Cables"), parameters of low voltage circuit breakers.
  • Switching equipment and high voltage measuring equipment (types, operating principles, typical parameters) – for applicants for an engineer-electrician license.

FOR AN APPLICANT FOR AN INSPECTOR LICENSE - In addition to all the aforesaid:

  • The electrical facility inspection procedure.
  • Types of measuring instruments and their function (the measurement required and the appropriate instrument).
  • Theoretical and practical principles in the inspection of the fault loop, continuous resistance, earthing, resistance, insulation of cables, conductors, electrode resistance relative to the general ground mass.
  • Solution of common problems during the performance of inspections in a low and high voltage facility (high voltage – for inspector 3).

13. I have changed my e-mail address. What should I do?
If your e-mail address is different from the one you entered in the application to obtain the license you should contact the Unit and notify them of the new address.


14. I have received a letter renewing my license for another 3 years, but at the same time I filed an application to receive a higher ranking license.
I presently hold a license that I have paid for and that is valid until 31.3.14.
Until I receive a reply – and in the hope that it will be positive, does the renewal of the license I received constitute a valid license?

Pursuant to Section 3(b) of the Electricity Regulations (Licenses), 5745-1985:  "the license shall be valid after it has been signed by the Director and stamped with the stamp of the Postal Bank confirming payment of the fee prescribed in these regulations for the license or for its renewal".
That is to say, the license is not valid without payment of the fee.


15. I hold a renewal of the electricity license for 3 years, but I have not yet paid the fee for it, and the latest date for payment stated in the license has passed.
1. What should I do?
2. Is it possible to cancel the increased fee/fine?
1. You should apply to the Electricians Licensing Unit so that they can issue you with a copy of the electricity license.  Pursuant to the Electricity Regulations (Licenses), 5745-1985, the license fees are prescribed by the State Revenue Division at the Ministry of Finance, which prescribes that when the license holder pays the fee for renewal of the license for 3 years, after the determining date (30 April), that is to say the latest date for payment stated in the license, he must pay an increased fee, fine.
2. According to the directives of our office's legal department, there is no discretion in the cancellation of the increased fee/fine, not even ex gratia.

16. I am a graduate of a qualified electrician course under the supervision of the Ministry of the Economy, what type of license can I obtain?
You can progress in stages until you obtain a qualified-electrician license. At first you must file an application and then you can obtain an assistant license.  After proof of seniority, one year's experience in the performance of electricity works you can file an application and after the discretion of the Director of Electricity Matters you can receive a practical license. After proof of seniority and two years' experience in the performance of electricity works as a practical electrician, you can file an application and after the discretion of the Director of Electricity Matters you can receive a qualified license.

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