Electrotechnically trained person

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An electrotechnically trained person (EuP) is a person who "has been instructed by a qualified electrician about the tasks assigned to him and the possible dangers in the event of improper behavior and, if necessary, has been trained and instructed about the necessary protective devices and protective measures." ( DIN VDE 0105-100 )

Legal basis

The accident prevention regulation for electrical systems and equipment DGUV regulation 3 (formerly BGV A3) requires in §3 (1):

" The entrepreneur must ensure that electrical systems and equipment are only installed, modified and maintained by a qualified electrician or under the direction and supervision of a qualified electrician. " Relevant specifications are also contained in the Technical Rules for Industrial Safety (TRBS) of the Industrial Safety Ordinance (BetrSichV) from 2002.

Tasks of electrotechnically trained persons

While the qualified electrician must recognize possible dangers and independently assess the work assigned to them, i.e. bears specialist responsibility, the electrotechnically instructed person is considered to be sufficiently qualified if they have sufficient knowledge of the tasks assigned to them and the possible dangers of improper action as well as the necessary protective devices and protective measures has been instructed, instructed and - if necessary - trained.

Since in many companies no qualified electrician is permanently available, electrotechnically trained persons (EuP) can carry out simple maintenance measures or tests. However, this work may only be carried out under the guidance and supervision of a qualified electrician . This does not mean that the management and supervisory qualified electrician (SFAO) must be permanently present. It must convince itself at suitable time intervals that the EuP also takes the given instructions (preferably written work instructions) into account. This indispensable control obligation must be proven in the event of an incident (e.g. accident). However, this mandatory management and supervision (this requirement comes from DGUV V3, VDE 1000-10 and VDE 0105-100) is not carried out in many cases or is taken lightly.

The tasks include, for example:

  • Working near live parts
  • Introducing
    • Testing and measuring equipment
    • Tools for cleaning
    • Covers and barriers
to live parts
  • Injection of live parts for
    • Fire fighting
    • cleaning
  • Removing and inserting fuse links with suitable tools, if this can be done without risk
  • Working under tension
  • Repeat exams of

Attention: The EuP may only carry out this activity in the test team. The authorized "qualified person" according to TRBS 1203 is always responsible for evaluating the test results. An EuP can not become a "qualified person" according to TRBS 1203 and therefore cannot check independently. Please also consider DGUV-I 5190 here.

The electrotechnically trained person is not allowed to carry out any repairs or installations on their own.

The company or the "managerial and supervisory" electrician is responsible for ensuring that the electrotechnically instructed person carries out the tasks assigned to them as instructed and must check and document this on a random basis (at suitable intervals).

Outsourcing :

For companies that do not employ a qualified electrician, an external person (with the appropriate qualification) can also take over the management and supervision as a service.

Background of the training

Operational requirements require flexible deployment of the operating personnel. Against this background, electrical work by non-electricians is also expected. In order to guarantee a minimum level of occupational safety, the BGETEM trade association for energy, textile and electrical media products requires at least one training as an electrotechnically instructed person in the accident prevention regulation for electrical systems and equipment . Electrotechnically instructed persons carry out work on electrotechnical systems, equipment or installations under the guidance and supervision of qualified electricians. After being instructed by a qualified electrician, the electrotechnically instructed person is therefore only suitable for the tasks for which they have been instructed. In addition, the respective employee must be appointed in writing by the guarantee responsibility after the instruction by the respective company. Depending on the frequency of use, the instruction must be repeated at intervals of 1 to 3 years.


  • Employer's Liability Insurance Association for Energy, Textile, and Electrical Media Products (ed.): Accident prevention regulations for electrical systems and equipment . Cologne, 2005 ( PDF; 239 kB ).
  • Hans-Heinrich Egyptien, Stefan Euler, Jürgen Schliephacke: The electrotechnically instructed person (EuP). Legal security when used in the field of electrical engineering. Selection and activities of the EuP. Qualification and training for EuP. WEKA MEDIA, Kissing 2009, ISBN 978-3-8111-1753-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. DGUV regulation 3 (previously BGV A3) . Administrative trade association (VBG). Retrieved April 27, 2019.