Things you should know
Yes, it is called the Republic Act 7920 – An Act Providing For a More Responsive and Comprehensive Regulation For The Practice, Licensing, And Registration Of Electrical Engineers and Electricians
Yes, it is prohibited as according to the Electrical Engineering Law called RA7920 Section 32. – Prohibition in the Practice of Electrical Engineering. – No person shall:
(a) Practice or offer to practice electrical engineering in the Philippines
without having previously obtained a certificate of registration and a
professional license from the Board of Electrical Engineering except as
provided for in Section 14 hereof;
(b) Use, or attempt to use as his own, certificate of registration,
professional license or the seal of another;
(c) Give false or forged evidence of any kind to the Board or to any
member thereof in obtaining a certificate of registration or professional
(d) Falsely impersonate any registrant of like or different name;
(e) Attempt to use a revoked or suspended certificate of registration or an
expired professional license;
(f) Use, in connection with his name or otherwise assume, use or
advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that he
is a professional electrical engineer, registered electrical engineer, or
registered master electrician without holding a valid certificate or a valid
(g) Sign a document involving electrical design, plan, technical
specification, valuation and the like on behalf of a professional electrical
As according to RA7920 in Section 18 – Qualifications of Applicants for Registered Master Electrician
Examination. – Any person applying for admission to the registered master
electrician examinations, as herein provided, shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board that, on or before the date of the examination, he possesses the following qualifications:
(a) He is a citizen of the Philippines;
(b) He is at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(c) He is of good reputation with high moral values;
(d) He has not been finally convicted by the court of an offense involving
moral turpitude; and
(e) He has any of the following technical backgrounds:
(1) Has completed at least three (3) years of a five-year Bachelor of
Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program or a three-year
course in electrical engineering technology from an engineering
school recognized by the Philippine government and, in addition,
has a subsequent specific record of one (1) year practice in
electrical wiring and installation, operation and maintenance of
utilization devices and equipment; or
(2) Has graduated from a two-year electrician’s course of instruction
from a vocational or trade school recognized by the Philippine
government and, in addition, has at least two (2) years of
apprenticeship after completion of the course of instruction on
electrical installation, operation and maintenance of utilization
devices and equipment; or
(3) Has completed a one-year electrician’s course of instruction
from a vocational school recognized by the Philippine government
and, in addition, has at least three (3) years of apprenticeship after
completion of the course of instruction on electrical installation,
operation and maintenance of utilization devices and equipment; or
(4) Has completed a four-year high school education or its
equivalent and, in addition, has subsequent specific record of at
least five (5) years of apprenticeship in electric wiring, installation,
operation and maintenance of utilization devices and equipment.
At RA7920 Section 19
(c) Registered Master Electrician:
The applicant shall pass a written examination on the different
subjects or group of subjects as follows:
(1) Technical subjects:
– Ohm’s Law: Calculations for resistance, current, voltage and
power for direct current and alternating current circuits.
– Electrical machines: Description and operating principles of
motors, generators and transformers.
– Control equipment: Description and function of fuses, overload
relays, safety switches, magnetic switches, circuit breakers, stardelta
motor starters, transformer-type motor starters, D.C. motor
– Electrical components: Description of resistors, capacitors,
inductors and semi-conductors.
– Maintenance and repair: Description of the procedures in the
maintenance of electrical machinery.
– Test equipment: Types and uses of measuring instruments.
– Electrical engineering law provisions pertaining to registered
– Other related subjects as may be prescribed by the Board.
(2) Philippine Electrical Code, Parts 1 and 2:
– General requirements for installation of electric wiring and
– Approved wiring methods.
– Types of wiring materials and wiring devices.
– Installation of switchboard and panel boards.
– Installation in hazardous locations.
– Wiring diagrams of different types of motor starters with motor
– Drawing symbols and wiring plants.
– Other related subjects as may be prescribed by the Board.
The number of test questions shall be such that the examinations can be finished in one (1) eight-hour day.
The relative weights shall be fifty percent (50%) for technical subjects and fifty
percent (50%) for Philippine Electrical Code.
The passing general average rating shall be seventy percent (70%) with no
grade below fifty percent (50%) in any subject.
Yes, as according to RA7920 Sec. 21. Reexamination of Failed Subjects. – An applicant shall be allowed to retake, any number of times, only the subject/s in which he has obtained a grade below fifty percent (50%). When he shall obtained an average grade of seventy percent (70%) in the subject/s repeated, he shall be considered to have passed his licensure examination.
No, only the Professional Electrical Engineers are the sole authority to sign and seal of the electrical plan. However, you can design an electrical plan but should be signed and sealed by a Professional Electrical Engineer.
A registered master electrician’s field of practice includes the
installation, wiring, operation, maintenance and repair of electrical
machinery, equipment and devices, in residential, commercial,
institutional, commercial and industrial buildings, in power plants,
substations, watercrafts, electric locomotives, and the like: Provided, That
if the installation or the machinery is rated in excess of five hundred
kilovolt-amperes (500 Kva), or in excess of six hundred volts (600 V) the
work shall be under the supervision of a professional electrical engineer or
a registered electrical engineer.