Professional Certification for Electricians

Phase 1 (2010 – 2014) Because of the frequent and avoidable accidents resulting from inadequate electrical installations made by unqualified ‘electricians’, and recognising the lack of certified professionals in Bali, the Naga Loka Foundation undertook to contribute to improving the qualification of electricians in North Bali. In 2010, a partnership was established with Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negeri No 3 (SMKN3), a reputable Government Vocational Training School in Singaraja. Among other courses it offers the official 3-year curriculum programme for electrician vocational studies.

In cooperation with the Association of Indonesian Professional Electricians (APEI) and the Association of Indonesian Electrical Contractors (AKLI), SMKN3 with the support of Naga Loka Foundation now delivers a specific training programme for electricians addressing all aspects of electrical installation, followed by a formal examination and test for the granting of a proficiency certificate in electrical installation which is recognised throughout Indonesia. Holders of this proficiency certificate are in high demand in both the public and private sectors, especially in the hospitality industry.

A budget of IDR 1,113,100 (±USD 100,000) was granted by Fondazione Stella Chiara for the period 2010 – 2014, covering the costs of overhauling the classrooms and workshops at SMKN3, the procurement of tools and equipment, human resource development for 12 SMKN3 electrical instructors, as well as scholarships and subsidies to 159 electricians, who are now working as certified professionals.

Phase 2 (2015 – 2016)

A donation of 129,000,000 from the Fondazione Stella Chiara was used to create a 2 year programme empowering the school to continue the high quality electricians’ training programme on its own after 2016.

97 Electricians were certified during this phase, 85 fresh graduates from SMKN3 and 12 from the private sector.