Electrician's Licence

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

However, to contract or offer to contract, to carry out electrical installation work, a licensed electrician must also be registered as an electrical contractor.

Who may apply to be licensed?

You may apply for a licence if you meet one of the following criteria.

Criteria 1

  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a body approved by the ESV, which is currently  Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and EPIC Industry Training Board
  • 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
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electro-technology, Electrician

Criteria 2

  • Already hold an Electrician (Supervised) Licence
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electro-technology Electrician or equivalent;
  • Completed 12 months electrical installation work as the holder of a Electrician (Supervised) Licence with written confirmation by the employer
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a body approved by the ESV, which is currently EPIC Industry Training Board and Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT)

Criteria 3

  • Hold a Supervised Worker's Licence
  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an electrical fitter which resulted in a Certificate of Proficiency as an Electrical Fitter 
  • Completed 12 months electrical installation work as the holder of a Supervised Worker's Licence with written confirmation by the employer
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) assessment conducted by a body approved by the ESV, which is currently Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and EPIC Industry Training Board

Criteria 4

  • The person's standard of qualifications, proficiency and experience in electrical installation work is at least of an equivalent standard to that required under 1, 2 or 3 above. Therefore, the person may be already licensed in another state or territory, or have completed similar requirements outside Victoria, which may be acceptable.

Applying to be licensed

Criteria 1

An application form should be lodged with the ESV with the following:

  • Letter of Completion which confirms the completion of your Apprenticeship from the VRQA
  • Evidence of 12 months experience in carrying out electrical installation work (for example: Letter from employer giving details)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate from a body approved by the ESV, currently Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) or EPIC ITB
  • The application fee

Criteria 2

An application form should be lodged with ESV with the following:

  • The Electrician's (Supervised) Licence
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Evidence of 12 months experience in carrying out electrical installation work (for example: Letter from employer giving details)
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate from a body approved by the ESV, currently EPIC ITB or Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT)
  • The application fee

Criteria 3

An application form should be lodged with the ESV with the following:

  • The Supervised Workers Licence
  • Letter of Completion which confirms the completion of your Apprenticeship from Skills Victoria and the Certificate of Proficiency as an Electrical Fitter
  • Evidence of 12 months experience in electrical installation work since being issued with a Supervised Worker's Licence (for example: Letter from employer giving details)
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate from a body approved by the ESV, currently Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) or EPIC ITB
  • The application fee

Criteria 4

An application form should be lodged with ESV, demonstrating the equivalent standard of qualifications, proficiency and experience in electrical installation work, as well as the application fee.

Fees

The application fee is $378 for a five-year licence, which includes a $70 non-refundable application fee. The application fee must be paid at the time the application for a licence is submitted.

Renewing your licence

ESV will forward a renewal notice to your last known address at least two months prior to the expiry date of the current licence. It is, however, your responsibility to ensure your licence is kept up to date at all times.

The renewal fee is $189 for a five-year licence.

Your responsibilities as a licensed electrician

As a licence holder, it is your responsibility to understand the legislation and regulations in place at any time and work in accordance with them:

Acceptable qualifications for an electrician's licence (under a contract of training as an apprentice)

UEE 30811

CERTIFICATE III, ELECTROTECHNOLOGY, ELECTRICIAN (UEE11)

UEE 30807

CERTIFICATE III, ELECTROTECHNOLOGY, ELECTRICIAN (UEE07)

UEE 30806

CERTIFICATE III, ELECTROTECHNOLOGY, ELECTRICIAN (UEE06)

UTE 31199

CERTIFICATE III, ELECTROTECHNOLOGY, SYSTEMS ELECTRICIAN (UTE99)

Certificate III - Electrical (Electrician)

Certificate of Proficiency - Electrical Mechanic

Certificate of Proficiency – Electrical Mechanics