Electrical License

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.

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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)
  1. A qualified assessor will assess your skills and knowledge for each unit of competency.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants will participate in a competency conversation covering questions for each unit and /or if required practical demonstration of their skills.
  4. 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.
  5. In the event where additional skills or knowledge gaps are identified, further assessment will be required.
  6. 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.

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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


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


An electrician’s licence entitles the holder to carry out all types of electrical installation work in Victoria without supervision.



  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician



  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a body approved by the ESV.
  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrician that included at least 12 months experience carrying out electrical installation work with written confirmation by the employer


Electrical Work includes install, alter, repair or maintain an electrical installation, subject to conditions limiting (in any way) the work that may be carried out under the authority of the registration. If you personally perform the work, you will also need to hold a workers registration. A contractor’s licence only authorises a person to carry on a business, not to physically undertake the work.



To qualify for a contractor’s licence you must have sufficient financial resources for the purpose of properly carrying on the business authorised by the licence. You must have a minimum of $10,000 in tangible net assets. If you cannot meet this requirement you can still qualify for a licence restricted to subcontracting to licensed plumbing, gas fitting, electrical or building work contractors



UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

IMPORTANT NOTE: To be eligible for a trade licence from 1 January 2016 an applicant must also have:

  • Completed a trade apprenticeship in a licensed trade (which includes a Certificate III) OR
  • Completed a Certificate III in a licensed trade that was issued on or before 31 December 2015


Accessed 16/9/16 from: SA Electrician contractors licence


Unrestricted electrician: Electrical wiring work without supervision; and supervision of electrical wiring work



Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician



These vary case by case. Please discuss these with the relevant state licence regulator.


Accessed 20/9/2016 from: ACT Electrical License Requirements


Electrical work is defined in the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 and means work on electrical machines or instruments, on an electrical installation or on electrical appliances or equipment to which electricity is supplied or intended to be supplied, at a nominal pressure exceeding 50 volts alternating current or 120 volts direct current, whether or not the thing on which the work is being performed is part of, or is connected to or to be connected to, any distribution works or private generating plant and, where work is performed on any appliance, whether or not electricity is supplied or may be supplied thereto through an electric plug socket or socket outlet.


Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician including Capstone Assessment that cover the following critical criteria:

Demonstrate a knowledge of the various effects of electric current.Physiological effects on humans, heating and other energy conversion effects and principles.
Explain the operation of a simple practical circuitInclude current path, circuit control, load, EMF source and conductors.
Determine the resistance, voltage, current and power in any part of a DC circuit using theory and actual measurement methods.Theoretical and practical knowledge of measuring instrument use and safe practises whilst using instruments. Include series and/or parallel circuit analysis.
Demonstrate a knowledge of alternating voltage & current generation, phase relationships, energy in an AC circuit, and actual measurement methods.Explain sinusoidal voltage generation and resultant current flow. Define key terms, calculate and apply measuring techniques to derive required parameters. Eg power factor.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental safety principles of the AS/NZS 3000:2000 Section 1.Definitions, alterations, protection, design, selection and installation of electrical equipment for electrical safety requirements. This includes protection from direct and indirect contact with live parts.
Describe methods of electric motor selection, starting, connection and protection.Reduced current starting, methods of starting (star-delta etc), typical motor lead terminations and protection (including by electronic devices) of the motor from environmental, overload, internal faults and supply variation conditions.
Describe and apply in practice the requirements of AS/NZ 3000:2000 in relation to earthing arrangements and fault loop impedance calculations.Earthing arrangements for protective and functional purposes, earthing connections and conductor selection. Calculation of the correct cable size for an installation to achieve protective device and cable coordination.
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the MEN system and its application, including on sub-installations.Multiple Earthed Neutral arrangement, resultant fault current path and magnitude, operation of protective devices and implication of MEN link absence during fault condition
List typical applications of various types of transformers and key safety issues.Distribution and transmission systems, large consumers’ installations, within electrical equipment, appliances including welders. Safe working procedures when connecting and testing transformers.
Describe and apply in practice the requirements for circuit protection using AS/NZS 3000:2000 and other relevant Australian Standards. Eg AS/NZS 3018.Causes of excess current (and voltage) within a circuit. Calculation and selection of protective devices to satisfy the required Standards.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the SELV, PELV and earth leakage current protection systems and their application in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2000.Protection against both direct and indirect contact using SELV and PELV systems. Protection using Residual Current Device.
Demonstrate the ability to select cables for mains and submains using AS/NZS 3000:2000 and AS/NZS 3008.1 based on current carrying capacity, short circuit capacity, maximum demand and voltage drop, for single phase and three phase installations including multiple installations.Determination of maximum demand, voltage drop, interpretation of cable supplier data tables and the impact of various installation methods. Selection of the appropriate cable installation route/method.
Demonstrate the ability to select cables for final subcircuits using AS/NZS 3000:2000 and AS/NZS 3008.1 based on current carrying capacity, short circuit capability, maximum demand, earth loop impedance and voltage drop.Application of maximum demand methods to calculate current requirements and ensure voltage drop is within specification, evaluation of the installation method.
Describe the control and protection requirements for installations and equipment. Demonstrate the ability to select suitable equipment and switchgear for a particular installation or part of an installation.Main board controls, sub-installation control and submain/final subcircuit controls. Assessment of the prospective short circuit current and operating current. Selection of equipment and suitable protection equipment to protect conductors and installed equipment. Inclusion of RCD’s where required.
Demonstrate an understanding of the AS/NZS 3000:2000 and regulatory requirements for the installation of electrical equipment in given damp situations and wet areasDamp zones and related equipment requirements. Assessment of the earthing requirements and wiring systems for damp and wet areas as per Section 7 of the AS/NZS 3000:2000 Wiring Rules.
Demonstrate the appropriate methods for the installation, modification and testing of electrical installations and equipment for construction and demolition sites, complying with AS/NZS 3012 and applicable workplace safety legislation.Assessment of supply requirements, final circuit protection and socket outlet requirements. Portable tool tagging requirements to AS/NZS 3760 and electrical installation testing requirements.
Demonstrate knowledge of AS/NZS 3000:2000 requirements for the installation of aerial conductors and underground wiring.Various types of aerial conductors and their application/installation methods. Assessment of underground and aerial conductor ratings and selection process. Underground cable installation systems.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the AS/NZS 3000:2000 requirements for electrical installations in hazardous areas and an awareness of the standards to which it refers (e.g. AS 2430, AS 2381.1).Basics as set out in AS/NZS 3000:2000, awareness of concepts and practices in specialised standards.
Describe and perform to AS/NZS 3000:2000 and AS/NZS 3017 standards the electrical checks and tests required to ensure electrical installations are safe.Tests to ensure the requirements of the Standards have been met, include: visual checks, testing energised and de energised circuits – earth continuity, insulation resistance, polarity test, fault loop impedance tests etc.
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to perform effective safe isolation of any equipment, including switch and lock off, circuit isolation, equipment testing and tagging procedures.The sequential steps needed to achieve an isolated, tested and safe work area. Preparation of a written isolation procedure.
Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to install and terminate a variety of electrical cables in a wide range of applications (including final subcircuits) to AS/NZS3000:2000.Installation requirements for a wide range of typically used electrical cables in a variety of situations: e.g. thermoplastic, elastomer sheaths, XLPE, high temperature cables. Separation from other services (and fire wall penetrations).



Describe and perform the circuit tests required for electrical cables in a range of installations, with attention to the final subcircuit tests.Earth continuity, insulation resistance, fault loop impedance, polarity and correct circuit connection tests.
Instal final subcircuit wiring into switchboards and connect to switchboard equipment in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2000 and local supply authority requirements.Termination of subcircuit cabling at switchboards and connection to components.
Connect consumers mains to an installation, in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2000 and local supply authority requirements.Installation of consumers mains in buildings and underground. Termination at pillars, pits and mains connection boxes. Bonding of metallic meter enclosures.
Demonstrate ability to read, sketch and interpret electrical diagrams.Purpose and characteristics of schematic, block and wiring diagrams, typical symbols used.
Describe basic statutory occupational safety and health responsibilities for employers and employees, including supervisory requirements and employees’ own “duty of care”.Occupational Safety and Health regulations and electrical safety regulations – legal requirements, safety committees and duty of care.
Demonstrate understanding of the requirements for personal safety in the workplace including safe isolation and application of safety practices.Adoption of safe working practices, incident reporting process and responsibility to co- workers. Reference to safe electrical work guidelines issued by regulators, including supervision requirements applying to apprentices and trainees.
Describe the method of rescuing a person in contact with live electrical conductors or equipment.Fundamental principles of emergency procedures.
Describe the emergency first aid requirements for an electric shock victim and demonstrate the knowledge and application skill of EAR and CPR.Application and learning of EAR and CPR procedures to resuscitate and stabilise a victim. Use of fire extinguishers to control electrical fire at accident site.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the significant dangers of High Voltage equipment and distribution systems.Step and touch voltages, induced voltages, creepage and clearance requirements. Stored energy and earthing requirements. The use of safe working procedures.
Describe methods of commissioning and/or decommissioning electrical equipment or an installation, using a systems approach.Commissioning: Circuit voltage testing, phase rotation checks, systematic loading up, correct installation functioning and instrumentation/- control parameter checks. Decommissioning: Identification of all circuits, impact on other equipment, isolation, tagging, testing, securing and earthing where required, safe removal of equipment/ conductors.
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for diagnosing and rectifying faults in electrical apparatus and associated circuits.Required for safe working practices with electrical systems and installations. All repairs must be compliant with the relevant standards. This item is crucial as all previous skills are utilised to effectively perform a fault find function.



Accessed 4/8/16 from: WA Electrician contractors licence


The work of an Electrical Fitter:

• Manufacture, repair, rewind or assemble electric motors, motor starters and control gear, coils, transformers etc., meters, instruments and control equipment;

• Construction, assembly and erection and wiring of switchboards and control panels;

• Construction, assembly, erection or repair of sub-stations, switching centres, etc.;

• Turning or machining of electrical components; forming or dressing of busbars;

• Welding or forming of busways, trunking, etc.

The work of an Electrical Mechanic:

All that work of an Electrical Fitter as well as the actual physical work of installing wiring systems including associated equipment and the testing of such installations. The work of an Electrical Fitter or Electrical Mechanic: The following, which may be the work of either an Electrical Fitter or Mechanic should be considered in conjunction with the foregoing list, and, where doubt exists, be brought to the attention of the Board:

• Repair or assembly of appliances, flexible leads or electrical installations;

• Manufacture, assembly or repair of electrical articles which include electronic or solid state components.



Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician


Electrician’s Licence: The holder of an Electrician’s Licence may perform any electrical work.



Completion of Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician and all of the following:

  • completed 12 months’ experience in the practical application of AS3000; and
  • that he or she has completed the equivalent of 4 years’ relevant experience performing electrical work in residential, commercial or industrial situations, including the time they did during training and/or 12 months practical application of AS3000 forementioned.

Accessed 21/7/16 from: TAS Electrician contractors licence

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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.


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