ME Competency Profile

The ME Competency Profile, released in February 2023, 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.

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Introduction to the Nine Categories of Competencies

nine competencies

1 — Health & Safety 

This category highlights the importance of ME’s knowledge, skills, and leadership to ensure safe electrical work practices. Example: Support safety training to workers ahead of assigned work.

2 — Ontario Electrical Safety Code

This category focuses on knowledge, understanding and compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC). Example: Ensure compliance with the OESC.

3 — Legal

This category centres on compliance with laws and regulations applicable to the business of Licensed Electrical Contractors. Example: Maintain currency and base qualifications for an ME Licence.

4 — Financial

Once designated, the ME is responsible for personal planning and direct supervision of electrical work carried out on behalf of electrical the Licensed Electrical Contractor. As such Therefore, an ME should have a high-level understanding of financial planning and accounting principles. Example: Identify financial obligations to applicable government agencies.

5 — Management & Administration

This broad category highlights the importance of oversight and planning of the business of Licensed Electrical Contractors. Example: Ensure applicable permits and notifications of work are obtained at the correct time and for the correct purpose.

6 — Technical Knowledge & Skills

Competencies in this category ensure the technical knowledge and skills required for safe and technically compliant electrical installations. Example: Apply electrical theory to all aspects of electrical work and electrical installations.

7 — Advocacy

Given that the 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.

8 — Professionalism & Ethics

To maintain and strengthen a safe and competitive marketplace, MEs should conduct themselves in a professionally and ethically. Example: Demonstrate professional presence, leadership and expertise. 

9 — Continuing Education

Lifelong learning equals a lifelong safety. As a result, these competencies highlight the importance of continuing education and professional development. Example: Maintain awareness of emerging technologies and evolving installation practices.


ME Competency Profile Resource Library

The ME Competency Profile Resource Library offers a wide range of voluntary educational resources, assisting MEs in enhancing proficiency across the nine Competency Profile categories.


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