Registered Electrical Contractors (RECs)

Any person in the business of electrical contracting or offering to contract must be registered by ESV as an electrical contractor.

REC registration terms

A registration may be issued or renewed subject to any conditions that ESV imposes, including a condition that a registration may apply to only one class of electrical work. A registration is perpetual, unless suspended, cancelled or surrendered. It may be renewed for a period of up to 5 years, commencing from the date of issue or renewal of the registration.

Types of REC registrations

There are 3 types of registrations available as a Registered Electrical Contractor:

Sole Proprietor

A Sole Proprietor registration is for a person who will be working alone. He/she will be the technical nominee/supervisor, and therefore will hold a current Victorian Electricians Licence (A Class). A Sole Proprieter will also have undertaken the Registered Electrical Contractors Course through a local TAFE college or will have an appropriate business nominee/supervisor (an accountant), who will ensure the business is managed in a satisfactory manner. A Sole Proprietor can hold a business name, if required.

Partnership

A partnership application is when two persons or entities are seeking to be a Registered Electrical Contractor. Either one or both persons will be the technical nominee/supervisor, and will therefore hold a current Victorian Electrician's Licence (A Class). Either person will also have undertaken the Registered Electrical Contractors Course through a local TAFE college or will have an appropriate business nominee/supervisor (an accountant), who will ensure the business is managed in a satisfactory manner. A Partnership can also hold a business name, if required.

Corporation

A Corporation registration applies to companies seeking to be Registered Electrical Contractors.

This is usually an option for larger organisations, where there are numerous technical nominee/supervisors and the business nominee/supervisor can be a senior financial or administrative officer within the organisation, with appropriate qualifications in business management.

For all registration types a Technical Nominee/Supervisor must be in place, and the appropriate consent declarations and qualification requirements must be met.

Please note, ESV do not register a Family Trust entity.  In this case, the trustee corporation who acts on behalf of the trust must be registered.

Where a Corporation Registration and a business name is also required, only the corporation is required to be registered if the Corporation and Business Name reflect the same name and trade under a single ABN.  Ie.  Smith Electrics Pty Ltd T/as Smith Electrics, is only required to be registered as Smith Electrics Pty Ltd, as long as the ABN is the same. 

What do I need to be a Registered Electrical Contractor?

Technical Nominee/Supervisor

A person holding a current Electrician's Licence (A Class), and who has completed the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) or previously the Licensed Electrical Mechanics (LEM) assessment. ESV will accept completion the “Capstone Assessment” if you are licensed in another state or territory.

Business Nominee/Supervisor

A person who has undertaken and successfully completed the Registered Electrical Contractor's Course with their local TAFE college.

OR

A person with relevant business administration and management experience, with appropriate qualifications, and whom ESV deems qualified to act in the role of Business Nominee.

Civil Liability Insurance

RECs must hold current civil liability insurance (minimum cover $5 million) against personal injury and/or damage to property in connection with the electrical contracting work of the applicant or their employees or agents. ESV requires the Certificate of Currency, stating the insurance is in place and established at the time of application. Tax invoices are not acceptable.

However, you may wish to hold a Registration and not actively trade. In this situation you can apply for an exemption from the insurance requirements by submitting your application, together with the Insurance Exemption Form.

If you are registering a business name, the insurance must be registered exactly as you wish to trade, and in the case of a partnership, both partners should be named. Accordingly, if you are registering a company, the insurance must reflect the company name.

Your Certificate of Currency should reflect the following, dependent on your application type:

Joe Smith

Sole Proprietor

Joe Smith Trading as Smith Electrics

Sole Proprietor with Business Name

Joe & Joanne Smith

Partnership

Joe & Joanne Smith Trading as Smith Electrics

Partnership with Business Name

Smith Electrics Pty Ltd

Corporation

Documentation required by ESV

Sole Proprietor

  • A completed application form which includes Business and Technical Nominee Consent Forms
  • Copy of Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Copy of Business Name Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of LEA or LEM Certificate/s
  • Copy of Registered Electrical Contractors Business Course Completion Certificate

Partnership

  • A completed application form, which includes Business and Technical Nominee Consent Forms
  • Copy of Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Copy of Business Name Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of LEA or LEM Certificate/s
  • Copy of Registered Electrical Contractors Business Course Completion Certificate

Corporation

  • A completed application form, which includes Business and Technical Nominee Consent Forms
  • Copy of Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Copy of Business Name Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of LEA or LEM Certificate/s
  • ASIC Extract of (company) Directors and Secretaries
  • Copy of Certificate of Company Name
  • A letter from a person authorized to make the application on behalf of the company. If the applicant is not a director or secretary of the company, the letter must be on company letterhead

Fees

The application fee for new registrations to ESV is $556.00 for a five year registration. This amount includes a $70 non-refundable application fee, and must be paid at the time the application for registration is submitted. Credit card payments are preferred.

Electrical Switchgear Workers as Technical Nominee/Supervisor

Electrical Switchgear Workers Licences are currently not available, although regulated as of 27 April 2010. This licence type, when available, may also be nominated as Technical Nominee/Supervisor. ESV will provide further information on our website, when this licence type become available.

Renewal as a Registered Electrical Contractor

ESV will send renewal notices to the registrant's last known address at least 2 months prior to the expiry date of the current registration. It is, however, the registrant's responsibility to ensure registration is kept up to date at all times. Renewal using ESV's Online Services is available 90 days prior to expiry of a registration.

Renewal fees

The renewal fee for a REC registration is $267.00 for a five year registration. It is critical that a renewal is completed prior to expiry, to avoid the re-application fee which may be applied by ESV, after a registration has expired.

Click here for more information about renewing online.

Exemptions from Registration

Registration as an electrical contractor is not required in the following circumstances:

  • A company employs licensed personnel on a continuous basis to carry out electrical installation work only on the premises owned or occupied by the company (single site, employees are electrical workers)
  • A person is engaged in a contract and the part of the contract relating to electrical installation work is sub-contracted to a registered electrical contractor (sub- contracting arrangements)
  • A person who holds an electrician's licence and undertakes to carry out electrical installation work from time to time for no financial return and on a gratuitous basis (no profit or reward)
  • A person who holds the appropriate Disconnect/Reconnect Licence,and contracts or undertakes to carry out electrical work permitted under that licence (where electrical work is not the main occupation of the business)
  • A person who holds an Occupier's Licence and undertakes to carry out electrical installation work permitted under that licence.

Responsibilities of Registered Electrical Contractors

As a Registered Electrical Contractor, it is your responsibility to understand the legislation and regulations in place at any time and work in accordance with them. This includes:

  • Part 3 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009
  • Ensuring that Certificates of Electrical Safety are issued and completed
  • Ensuring that workers holding Supervisory Licences are appropriately supervised throughout the course of their duties
  • Ensuring the details of your technical and business nominees/supervisors remain correct with ESV at all times
  • Maintaining a list of all licensed workers employed by you as a Registered Electrical Contractor, which can be validated via ESV's Online Services.