If you have a wide range of experience working with a licensed Electrician and want to get licensed, your licensing body may require you to complete a nationally recognised VET qualification through a registered training organisation. For many experienced tradies with on the job experience, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be a faster option to achieve a nationally recognised qualification without the need of leaving your work. RPL focuses on assessing workplace evidence collected and skills demonstrated to achieve a certificate in Electrotechnology so you can apply for Electrical Contractor license.
Get your RPL Qualification in
You need to have current and valid industry experience in order to qualify for an RPL program. It’s important to complete an initial skills assessment to determine whether an RPL program is right for you. As a rule of thumb depending on the type of work you have completed, if you have more than 4 years of experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.
Evidence may vary, but generally includes:
- Valid Identification
- list showing relevant employment history
- work samples and documents (tender documents, invoices, quotations, plans, sketches, SWMS etc)
- letter of employment
- reference letters from licensed electrician/s you have worked with
- photos and videos of your work
- overseas qualifications
- related licenses, short courses, accreditation, certificates, transcripts or assessments you have attained
- Apprenticeship papers (if available)
- A qualified assessor will assess your skills and knowledge for each unit of competency.
- Applicants will be required to complete a number of challenge tests for certain units (study materials will be provided), if they have not yet completed equivalent units of competency from previous study.
- Applicants will participate in a competency conversation covering questions for each unit and /or if required practical demonstration of their skills.
- Where gaps are identified (i.e. you do not have sufficient experience knowledge in a particular subject) you may be asked by the assessor to perform various tasks for a practical observation at your work site.
- In the event where additional skills or knowledge gaps are identified, further assessment will be required.
- Finally, you will be able to sit the Capstone and Australian Standards and Wiring Regulations Course that includes both theory and practical refreshers and exams
It’s critical that your certificate is nationally recognised and you have completed the units required by your licensing body to be eligible to apply for your license.
Upon the successful completion of an RPL program through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the RTO will award you with a nationally recognised qualification as an Electrician.
RPL & Skills Recognition
Turn your experience or overseas qualification into a nationally recognised qualification. Fill in any knowledge gaps with our easy & fast RPL Process. Once your skills are certified by a Qualify Me! partner provider, your career will fly.
SCOPE OF WORK
Electrical wiring work is defined in the Home Building Act 1989, for licensing purposes, as having the same meaning as it has in the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004.
Refer to Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules entitled AS/NZS 3000:2007, Electrical Installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules), as in force from time to time, published jointly by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand.
Electrical wiring work means the actual physical work of installing, repairing, altering, removing or adding to an electrical installation or the supervising of that work.
Electrical installation means any fixed appliances, wires, fittings, apparatus or other electrical equipment used for (or for purposes incidental to) the conveyance, control and use of electricity in a particular place, but does not include any of the following:
- Subject to any regulation made under Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004subsection (4) – any electrical equipment used, or intended for use, in the generation, transmission or distribution of electricity that is:
(i) owned or used by an electricity supply authority, or
(ii) located in a place that is owned or occupied by such an authority.
- Any electrical article connected to, and extending or situated beyond, any electrical outlet socket.
- Any electrical equipment in or about a mine.
- Any electrical equipment operating at not more than 50 volts alternating current or 120 volts ripple-free direct current.
- Any other electrical equipment, or class of electrical equipment, prescribed by the regulations.
Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30806 or UEE30807 or UEE30811) and all of the following:
- 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.Note: “Experience” means experience lawfully gained by the applicant (whether during or after completion of an Apprenticeship) as a bona fide employee who has been paid during the relevant period of employment in accordance with an award or enterprise agreement.
Accessed 12/7/16 from: NSW Fair Trading Electrician contractors licence
SCOPE OF WORK
Electrical mechanic licence
Open electrical work licence. An electrical mechanic can perform all electrical work, such as:
- install or change an overhead electrical line
- install electrical wiring
- repair any electrical equipment.
Electrical linesperson licence
Allows you to perform all electric line work, such as:
- electrical work involved in building or maintaining an overhead electric line
- electrical work in the building or maintenance of an underground electric line
- testing of overhead electric lines.
Electrical fitter licence
Allows you to perform electrical equipment work, such as:
- rewinding and repairing an electric motor
- building and assembling a switchboard
- maintain/repair electrical equipment.
Electrical jointer licence
Allows you to perform limited specialist installing, jointing and terminating electrical cables and work relating to electrical cables and equipment, such as:
- jointing and terminating a high voltage cable.
Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Contact Worksafe QLD for info: Electrician contractors licence
Can I Apply?
The RPL and trade skills recognition programs are available to tradesmen with local experience or have completed partial studies in Australia. In some cases these programs can also help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.