ME Competency Profile

This Competency Profile describes the minimum expectations required of an individual applying for a Master Electrician (ME) licence with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). It’s the knowledge, skills, and judgement required to carry the ME licence both safely and ethically.

This Competency Profile was developed by the industry for the industry. A team of nine subject matter experts across Ontario collaborated on the competencies. Key stakeholders were also interviewed and an online survey was sent to MEs for feedback.

The 9 Categories of Competencies

#1 health and safety (5 competencies)

#2 Ontario Electrical Safety Code (5 competencies)

#3 legal (5 competencies)

This category highlights importance of ME’s knowledge, skills and leadership required to ensure safe electrical work practices.

Example: Support safety training to workers ahead of assigned work.

This category is focused on knowledge, understanding and compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC).

Example: Ensure compliance with the OESC.

Competencies in this category centred on compliance with laws and regulations applicable to the business of licenced electrical contractor.

Example: Maintain currency and base qualifications for an ME Licence.

#4 finance (5 competencies)

#5 Management & Administration (12 competencies)

#6 Technical Knowledge & Skills (9 competencies)

Once designated, ME is responsible for personal planning and direct supervision of electrical work carried on behalf of electrical contractor. As such, an ME is expected to have high level understanding of financial planning and accounting principles.

Example: Identify financial obligations to applicable government agencies.

This broad category highlights importance of oversight and planning of the business of electrical contractor.

Example: Ensure applicable permits and notifications of work are obtained at the correct time and for the correct purpose

Competencies in this category ensure technical knowledge and skills required for safe and technically compliant electrical installation.

Example: Apply electrical theory to all aspects of electrical work and electrical installations.

#7 Advocacy (6 competencies)

#8 Professionalism & Ethics (13 competencies)

#9 Continuing Education (4 competencies)

Given ME licence is an advanced professional licence and designation, these competencies highlight ME’s engagement with the stakeholders to promote the profession.

Example: Mentor MEs and electrical workers.

In order to maintain and strengthen a safe and competitive marketplace, MEs are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Example: Demonstrate professional presence, leadership and expertise. 

Lifelong learning equals a lifelong safety. As a result, these competencies highlight importance of continuing education and professional development.

Example: Maintain awareness of emerging technologies and evolving installation practices.