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Electrical 

An electrical licence is required before any electrical wiring work can be undertaken in NSW, regardless of the cost of the work and regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.

Electrical 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 2004 subsection (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.

Remember, it is an offence to undertake electrical wiring work without a licence or certificate. You can be fined $22,000 as an individual or $110,000 as a company for doing unlicensed electrical work.

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Qualifications 

Pathway 1

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.

Pathway 2

The applicant holds a current licence or certificate as an electrician.

Pathway 3a

The applicant held a licence or certificate as an electrician within 5 years of the application for a licence or certificate.

Pathway 3b

The applicant held a licence as an electrician more than 5 years before the application for a licence or a certificate and completed an assessment organised by NSW Fair Trading on the current edition of the wiring rules, AS/NZS 3000:2007.

Pathway 4a

One of the following superseded qualifications completed within 5 years of the application being lodged, and that includes completion of 6077AC Capstone Assessment:

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology (UTE31199)
  • Certificate III in Electrical Mechanic, Fitter/Mechanic – Trade TAFE course 7793
  • Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, TAFE Trade course 1001
  • Electrical Mechanic, Trade course 1020
  • Electrical Trades TAFE course 1027
  • Electrical Trade TAFE course 1093
  • Electrical Trade TAFE course 6029.

And all of the following:

  • A certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic, Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from 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's ‘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.

Pathway 4b

Completion of one of the following superseded qualifications that does not meet the requirements of Pathway 4a:

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology (UTE31199)
  • Certificate III in Electrical Mechanic, Fitter/Mechanic – Trade TAFE course 7793
  • Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, TAFE Trade course 1001
  • Electrical Mechanic, Trade course 1020
  • Electrical Trades TAFE course 1027
  • Electrical Trade TAFE course 1093
  • Electrical Trade TAFE course 6029.

And all of the following:

  • A certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic, Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from the Vocational Training Tribunal (VTT).
  • An assessment organised by NSW Fair Trading on the current edition of the wiring rules, AS/NZS 3000:2007.
  • 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's ‘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.

Pathway 5

Completion of the superseded qualification Certificate III in Electrical Wiring TAFE course 9968 provided that the applicant was enrolled immediately before 3 July 2009 in the course or program relating to that qualification. And all of the following:

  • A craft Certificate as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from the Vocational Training Tribunal (VTT).
  • An assessment organised by NSW Fair Trading on the current edition of the wiring rules, AS/NZS 3000:2007.
  • 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's ‘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.

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Assessment on the current edition of the wiring rules 

Applicants who are required to complete an assessment on the current edition of the wiring rules, AS/NZS 3000:2007, will receive a letter of referral from Fair Trading after they lodge their application for a licence or certificate and an initial screening of the application is completed.

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References 

Any references must be provided in the approved format in order to ensure consistency and accuracy. View or download the Referee Statement for Electrical work in PDF format (size: 106kb).

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