Kenya has a vibrant power generation sector that holds a lot of promise. The sector comprises both private, public and government participation. A small but successful Independent Power Producers (IPP) procurement programme has been running since the mid-1990s, when Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) started to procure power from IPPs. The positive impact has also been brought by electrical contractors who provide different types of electrical contracting services. The following is a Procedure on How to Register as an Electrical Contractor in Kenya
Step 1:Register with ERC portal – Pay application fees and apply for electrical contractor licence.
To be registered by the Board as an electrical contractor a person must-
(a) be a licensed electrician,
(b) have in his employ, a licensed electrician.
Application Fees Class
Class C-2……………..Ksh 250
Class C-1……………..Ksh 500
Class B……………….Ksh 750
Class A-1 and A-2………Ksh 1000
Payments are to be made to
Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank
Account Name: Energy Regulatory Commission
Account Number: 1107180198
Branch: Moi Avenue
Licence grant fees
Class C-2……………..Ksh 1,000
Class C-1……………..Ksh 2,000
Class B……………….Ksh 3,000
Class A-1 and A-2………Ksh 5,000
Valid for three years from the date of issue
Processing takes 30 working days
Register with ERC portal
Pay application fees
Apply for electrical contractor licence
Obtain notification of oral interview
Obtain payment notification
Pay licence grant fees
Obtain electrical contractor licence
Description of the premises(Town/Location/name of the Road /Name of the Building /Whether it is a Branch /Available office and storage area (in Sq. Feet)
Details of Business (Business registration No./ Registration Date)
Names of partners, their addresses and nationalities
Licensed electricians who will direct the electrical installation work
Areas where the business will operate
Previous experience in estimating and costing of electrical projects
Previous experience in electrical installation work
Capital available for operating the business KShs. (in words)
Name and address of bank(s) or financial institution(s) where the business account(s) is/are maintained
Details of the tools and measuring and testing instruments available
List of measuring and testing instruments
Need for the Document
No person shall carry out any electrical installation work unless he is registered by the Board as an electrical contractor.
Information which might help
An electrical contractor is a business person or firm that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical system in the country.
An electrical contractor is different from an electrician; an electrician is an individual tradesman and an electrical contractor is a business person or company that employs electricians. Both usually hold licenses and insurances to properly and safely operate a business.
i. An Electrical Contractor can be contractors who are responsible for high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines.
ii. Electrical contractors provide electricity to any structure within a property’s boundary lines, including outdoor lighting or substations.
iii. Electrical contractors can serve as prime contractors for all electrical and cabling design, installation, and maintenance for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.
Before you try to register as a contractor with Energy regulatory Commission in Kenya, be sure to review the information requirement to ensure you have met all the other business requirements for a contractor.
The processing fee is non – refundable irrespective of the application result.
It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure completeness of the submissions, including the provision of a valid email address.
i. Incomplete or non-compiled submissions may be disregarded.
ii. Applicants will be informed if the submissions are incomplete or not in order.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
The registarstion enables the contrtctor to register with cooperative societies related to electrical works contratcing.
Registration as an electrical contractor is not required in the following circumstances
i. A company employs licensed personnel on a continuous basis to carry out electrical installation work only on the premises owned or occupied by the company (single site, employees are electrical workers)
ii. A person is engaged in a contract and the part of the contract relating to electrical installation work is sub-contracted to a registered electrical contractor (sub- contracting arrangements)
iii. A person who holds an electrician’s licence and undertakes to carry out electrical installation work from time to time for no financial return and on a gratuitous basis (no profit or reward)
iv. A person who holds the appropriate Disconnect/Reconnect Licence, and contracts or undertakes to carry out electrical work permitted under that licence (where electrical work is not the main occupation of the business)
v. A person who holds an Occupier’s Licence and undertakes to carry out electrical installation work permitted under that licence.
1 Top electrical contractors in Kenya
The following are the top electrical contractors in Kenya
Mehta Electricals is East Africa’s leading Electrical and ICT Contractor, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. They provide a wide range of electrical contracting services to industrial, commercial and institutional clients across the continent.
With their aim to offer quality, safe, innovative, and flexible electrical services, Mehta ensures commitment to the implementation of supporting technical, managerial and business operational systems.
It is their commitment as a regional company with a highly qualified and motivated team that makes them stand out as a quality service provider. This makes the difference in relationship with their clients, thereby assuring the company’s long term, technical and financial viability. Mehta Electricals has over 50 years of experience in electrical contracting, and has established a reputation for providing exceptional service for all types of electrical and telecommunications installations.
Jumba Engineering is an engineering firm for over 30 years. They have been in existence and operational since 1982. During this period they have gained vast skills, experience and knowledge in the Electrical and Electronics Industry
Jumba has specialized in electrical installation works for commercial buildings, residential buildings and public entertainment buildings, factory buildings. The company prides itself at at delivering the best quality of electrical, cctv,structured cabling works in Kenya. They also work in hand with the government of Kenya and are currently registered with the Energy Regulatory Commission with a Class A-1 Licence.
The company can build or install any type of electrical system, large or small.Some of the companies and organizations Jumba Engineering has done electrical installation works for include West Media, Ministry of defense,Ministry of labour, Weston Hotel, Shujaa Mall, Office Of the Auditor General, Office Of the President,Kirinyaga University, Moi University, Alupe University, Rift Valley Technical Institute among others.
Kangundo Road, off Ruai police station road at Vanda Shopping Center.
Prowatt Enterprises Limited is a private company that has operated in the Kenyan construction industry for the last 11 years since its establishment in 1998. They are among the leading electrical contractors in Kenya that offer electrical engineering services, generator installation and maintenance, and ICT Infrastructure Development.
Prowatt ensures customer satisfaction, by use of modern technologies and also ensures adequate training and development for safety and efficiency. The company also provides professional and technical services in the field of electrical installation to industries taking advantage of the vast growing/vibrant technologies.
The company believes in quality installations and support are a direct result of qualified and committed individuals working together as a team to achieve a common goal. As such, their individual team members are well informed, well trained and equipped with efficient tools to deliver a winning solution and ensure customer satisfaction.
PowerGen Technologies Limited is a leading engineering company registered in Kenya, with presence in Eastern and Central Africa. They carry out turkey projects in design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of infrastructure for power generation, transmission and distribution; telecommunication and civil works projects for roads and buildings.
PowerGen Technologies Limited is ISO9001:2008 Certified, has a strong indication to commitment to customer satisfaction and process excellence. They also have a team of highly qualified engineers and trained technical personnel, modern tools & equipment and efficient quality management systems to deliver excellent services to our clients.