Disconnection/reconnection of fixed electrical equipment

You will need this qualified supervisor certificate if you want to disconnect or reconnect fixed electrical equipment.

The purpose of restricted electrical licensing is to provide a means of allowing appropriately trained and competent workers to undertake the straight forward disconnection/reconnection of electrical equipment where that electrical work is incidental to the person’s principal function in the workplace.

Limit of work permitted

Disconnection and reconnection work is limited to:

  • disconnection and reconnection of electrical wiring at the equipment itself and only to the extent necessary to permit the non-electrical work to be performed
  • replacement of equipment on a “like for like” basis
  • testing necessary for the safe isolation of the equipment to be disconnected and reconnected
  • testing necessary for the safe operation of the equipment
  • replacement of ‘blown’ fuses and resetting of ‘tripped’ circuit breakers
  • equipment operation at voltages up to 1000V alternating current three phase and 1500V direct current.

Disconnection and reconnection work does not include work:

  • that is otherwise defined by the Regulation to be the associated electrical work under the categories of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • on new installations or the alteration of fixed wiring
  • where high fault currents are possible
  • on complex electrical apparatus and circuits
  • associated with fixed wiring other than disconnecting and reconnecting electrical equipment - this exclusion includes locating and rectifying faults of circuits at a switchboard or to general electrical accessories (including switches, socket outlets, circuit protective devices); or installation of or alteration to any part of the fixed electrical wiring system (defined as electrical wiring work)
  • on fixed wired smoke detectors
  • on electric hot water systems except when carried by the holder of a plumbing (or water plumbing) endorsed licence or qualified supervisor certificate
  • on luminaires including pre-assembled neon signs
  • installing lifts, inclinators and turntables, and
  • in hazardous areas or on electrical equipment that is part of an explosion-protection technique.

Note: Any work involved in the disconnection and reconnection work associated with an air conditioning or refrigeration systems is excluded from the above and for licensing purposes, such work is to be covered by the classes of air conditioning and refrigeration.

Qualifications

To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualifications listed above, go to the building licensing courses page.

Appliances

Applicants must demonstrate one of the following qualifications:

  • a Certificate III level qualification in a trade or higher education qualification; or
  • a certified copy of an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate identifying the trade; or
  • a certified copy of a trade certificate issued by a State or Territory registration or accreditation authority; or
  • a current endorsed contractor licence or current supervisor certificate to do plumbing, water plumbing or gasfitting.

PLUS

Applicants must demonstrate through submitting on the approved Relevant Application Form:

  • That their qualification directly relates to the work to be performed by the Applicant and that it is within the scope classified as disconnection and reconnection work limited above

Note: holders of a current endorsed contractor licence or current supervisor certificate to do plumbing, water plumbing or gasfitting do not need to complete this form.

PLUS

Applicants must have a Statement of Attainment showing successful completion of:

  • UEENEEP012A Disconnect-reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring; or
  • UEENEEP010A Disconnect-reconnect appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring; or
  • UEENEEP001B Disconnect and reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment connected to a low voltage supply from the Electrotechnology Industry Training Package UEE07 endorsed for appliances "O"; or
  • UTE NES208 from the Electrotechnology Industry Training Package UTE 99208 endorsed for motors “S”

Motors

Applicants must demonstrate one of the following qualifications:

  • a Certificate III level qualification in a trade or higher education qualification; or
  • a certified copy of an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate identifying the trade; or
  • a certified copy of a trade certificate issued by a State or Territory registration or accreditation authority; or
  • a current endorsed contractor licence or current supervisor certificate to do plumbing, water plumbing or gasfitting.

PLUS

Applicants must demonstrate through submitting on the approved Relevant Application Form:

  • That their qualification directly relates to the work to be performed by the Applicant and that it is within the scope classified as disconnection and reconnection work limited above

Note: holders of a current endorsed contractor licence or current supervisor certificate to do plumbing, water plumbing or gasfitting do not need to complete this form.

PLUS

Applicants must have a Statement of Attainment showing successful completion of:

  • UEENEEP015A Disconnect-reconnect motors connected to low voltage installation wiring; or
  • UEENEEP001B Disconnect and reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment connected to a low voltage supply endorsed for motors “S”
  • UTE NES208 endorsed for motors “S” from the Electrotechnology Industry Training Package UTE99208.

Water heaters

Applicants must hold a current endorsed contractor licence or current supervisor certificate to do plumbing or water plumbing

PLUS

Applicants must have a Statement of Attainment showing successful completion of:

  • UEENEEP014A Disconnect-reconnect water heaters connected to low voltage installation wiring; or
  • UEENEEP001B Disconnect and reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment connected to a low voltage supply from the Electrotechnology Industry Training Package UEE07 endorsed for electrical water heaters “R”; or
  • UTE NES208 from the Electrotechnology Industry Training Package UTE99208 endorsed for electrical water heaters “R”

Additional details form

View or download the Additional details form for disconnection and reconnection of fixed electrical equipment.

This document must accompany any application form for a licence or certificate in the category of disconnection and reconnection of fixed electrical equipment.

Previous licence holders

If you have held a licence or certificate within 5 years of the date on which the application for a new licence or certificate is made, you will meet the requirements for the issue of an equivalent authority, with conditions, to carry out the same scope of work.

To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above, refer to the information on building licensing courses.

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