How do I get my Electrical Licence in NSW?

26 May How do I get my Electrical Licence in NSW?

It can be quite a daunting task to get your electrical licence in Australia. Even some apprentices struggle to work out all the steps involved. This article will cover the major steps you need to undertake to be qualified and licensed as an electrician.

There’s a few major milestones that you need to fulfil in order to become licensed in NSW. According to the Department of Fair Trading website (current as of 13/9/2014) the most straight forward pathway is to:

  • “Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30806 or UEE30807 or UEE30811) and
  • hold a certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician or an Electrical Mechanic from the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) or the Vocational Training Tribunal (VTT).
  • At least 12 months relevant electrical wiring work experience utilising knowledge and understanding of the AS/NZS 3000:2007 in the residential, commercial and/or industrial areas required by NSW Fair Trading ‘Referee’s Statement Electrical Work’ form current at the date of the application.”

To get to the stage Fair Trading is requiring of you, here is what you may need to do:


  1. Attain a Craft Certificate. This is acquired from VTT (call 13 28 11). This is awarded when you complete your practical training/apprenticeship. Alternatively if you can demonstrate that you have sufficient practical experience whether locally or overseas, you may apply for a craft certificate. In your application, you will need to provide a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your experience. Where your evidence is not sufficient for the tribunal to make a call, you will most probably be called in for a theory and/or a practical trade test.
  2. Complete your certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Check out our electrical skills recognition programs. Qualify Me! has a couple of programs that cater for students that have not completed their electrical course for whatever reason and still have some units/subjects outstanding as well as UK electrical recognition.
  3. Attain a Certificate of Proficiency. You will have to go back to VTT who will award you a Certificate of Proficiency. This certificate basically means you have successfully completed your practical training and you have received been awarded an appropriate qualification by a registered training organisation.
  4. Apply for your licence at your local Department of Fair Trading office. Generally it will take up to 6 weeks to hear back about your initial application.
  5. Call us up, tell us your success story. We get really excited every time 😉

To hear this from the experts, give us a buzz on 1800 765 295 or leave us a message.

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  • Archi
    Posted at 03:29h, 18 July Reply

    Been running around to find this info. Top article. Thanks champion!

  • ShazzaR
    Posted at 23:00h, 21 July Reply

    I’m from the UK, got my city and guilds – I heard there’s an Australian context training course or something?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:02h, 22 July Reply

      Hi mate,
      I believe you are referring to the Minimum Australian Context Gap training. Most providers will require that you have either an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) and sufficient workplace experience (generally demonstrated via eProfiling) OR a Australian Trades Recognition Certificate issued by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) before issuing you a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
      The Qualify Me! program for recognition of overseas electricians will include: mapping across the subjects you completed at City & Guilds to the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, then after a challenge test and/or competency conversation land you straight into the capstone course which covers Australian Standards and Wiring Regulations.

  • mark
    Posted at 09:38h, 11 August Reply

    My son has an electrical Craftsmans certificate in NSW and has completed a fair chunk of his subjects but has not followed through with the remainder through Tafe. He is at a point where he would like to get qualified but is currently working as an AV Technician rather than an all out electrician. He can provide you with the subjects that have been successfully completed. Is there a way he can complete the remainder of his qualification without going back to Tafe? I don’t think he has too many references from his work experience or a work log so how would this affect his chances of qualifying if he is competent? He would need to complete any requirements after normal hours due to his current employment.

  • mark
    Posted at 10:58h, 18 August Reply

    Can someone from QM please respond to my post above?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 08:24h, 19 August Reply

      Sure sorry missed your first comment Mark.

      To become an accredited AV technician, your son should be looking into completing a Certificate III in Electronics and Communications. Unfortunately, we do not offer this course at this time. Here is a link to the RTOs in Australia that do offer this course. I would suggest calling them and providing them with a copy of your transcripts requesting them to credit equivalent subjects and RPL those similar units that your son can also show experience/knowledge and competence in.

      On the other hand, if your son is interested in continuing his studies as an electrician, we would be more than happy to do a free skills assessment and see whether he is eligible for our Electrical Program. Any gaps he has can be studied online and face to face with a private tutor.

      Hope this helps!

  • mark
    Posted at 10:49h, 20 August Reply

    Thank You. He does want to finish his Electrician licence so I will get him to contact you to take it to the next step.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 02:54h, 23 August Reply

      No problems. Happy to help.

  • Neil Morris
    Posted at 02:55h, 04 October Reply

    Hi just received my craft certificate in electrotechnology- electrical fitter and was wondering what I have to do next to get my electrical license, I read so many web pages just getting a little confused!

    • arnold
      Posted at 04:28h, 11 November Reply

      craft certificate is not enough to get the license……you need two things 1) CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY, 2) CERTIFICATE 3 ELECTROTECHNOLOGY ELCTRICIAN

      Now for you to have the certificate 3 electrotechnology electrician you need to attend and finish TAFE. For you to have the certificate of proficiency from VTT you need to pass to them that cert 3 from tafe + 1 year experience

      Now for you to have to have Eletrical License from Fair Trading, you need to pass it to them the CERT 3 from TAFE and Cert of Proficeincy from VTT…then you will get the license

      • Qualify Me!
        Posted at 02:28h, 09 February Reply


        Thanks for your input. If Neil has relevant industry experience he may be eligible for the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician RPL Program which will result in a Certificate III in electrotechnology electrician. We can then help him apply for his proficiency certificate from VTT and in turn his licence from Fair Trading.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:47h, 18 January Reply

      Sorry for the late reply, give us a call if you haven’t already – just easier if we talk you through it. 1800 765 295

  • Grant Osborne
    Posted at 12:57h, 14 November Reply

    Hi iam after a bit of advise iam currently living in Austria and hold an electrical license here. In Australia I completed an electronic’s trade course and I received my license here from the years of experience I had and i don’t hold an electrical certificate,How would I be able to aquire an Australian electrical license.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:50h, 18 January Reply

      For licensing in NSW you will need to hold a Proficiency Certificate and a C3 in Electrotechnology.
      Your best bet is to touch base with us to check your eligibility in attaining your qualification and we will guide through the steps.

  • Asif iqbal
    Posted at 20:46h, 24 December Reply

    Hi guys!

    By qualifications i am Electronics Engineer. ( overseas qualification)
    Want to have NSW electrical license, working as an service tech in nsw.
    How can i get electrical license here, other than OTSR.


    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:51h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Asif,
      Can you give us a call to discuss your experience. You will need to demonstrate some residential experience and from your post I’m not sure if you have that.
      Cheers 1800 765 295

  • Jay Dabee
    Posted at 04:04h, 05 February Reply

    Hi, It’s been a while that I’ve been looking on how to become a licensed electrician.
    It’s been almost 2 years now that I’m working for a company in the industry doing supervised electrical work in residential and commercial premises. I was looking to do the cert 3 in electrotechnology but Tafe said it’s only for apprenticeship, which is not an option for me. Is there any other possible ways I can become a licensed electrician?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 09:09h, 08 February Reply

      Jay, 2 years is too slim for our program. Generally we would look at a minimum of 5-6 years of solid experience. If you have experience in a similar trade such as electrical fitter or such we may be able to look into it. Further, assuming you are in NSW, you will need to apply to VTT for Trade Recognition in order to finally apply do your contractor’s licence. VTT would also want to see solid experience in the industry. Give us a buzz and we would be happy to explore possible pathways for you to be on the right track to become a licensed electrician.

  • Omar Aljanabi
    Posted at 19:17h, 10 March Reply

    Thanks for the brief, I am Electrical Engineer and I’ve done my competency to be qualified by Engineers Australia, what shall i do to be certified electrician in Australia ?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 22:18h, 10 March Reply

      Omar, you will need to complete the Certificate III in Electrotechnology electrician and in NSW attain a proficiency certificate. Do you have any experience working as an electrician for an electrical company? I ask as not all engineers have hands on experience.

  • Harikrishna Pamanji
    Posted at 23:46h, 12 March Reply

    i want ele first aid cirtificate.But I dont know how to take. so please help me. i am from andhra pradesh,nellore

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 00:22h, 13 March Reply

      Hi Harikrishna,

      If you are after Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician), for our RPL program, we require you to have 4-5 experience in the electrical industry. If you don’t have this experience, we can look at full qualification options.
      If you are after the first aid certificate, unfortunately we are not running these courses at the moment.

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