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Electrician’s licence (A/ A/E)

An electrician’s licence, also known as an ‘A Grade’ entitles the licence holder to carry out all types of electrical installation work in Victoria without supervision.

This licence does not allow the licence holder to carry out electrical installation work for profit or reward. In Victoria, to contract for profit or reward, including sub-contracting, a Registered Electrical Contractors registration must be also held.

Requirements for an Electrician’s licence

You may apply for an Electrician’s licence if you meet at least one of the following criteria.

Criteria 1

  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and the EPIC Industry Training Board,
  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrician, including at least 12 months’ experience carrying out electrical installation work with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Electrician.

Applying to be licensed under Criteria 1

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter of completion confirming the completion of your apprenticeship from the VRQA,
  • Evidence of 12 months’ experience carrying out electrical installation work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equivalent,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 2

  • Hold an Electrician (Supervised) Licence,
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equivalent,
  • Completed 12 months’ electrical installation work as the holder of an Electrician (Supervised) Licence with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (formally NMIT) and the EPIC Industry Training Board.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 2

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician,
  • Evidence of 12 month’s experience carrying out electrical installation work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 3

  • Hold an Electrician (Supervised) 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, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic and the EPIC Industry Training Board.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 3

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter of Completion confirming 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, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 4

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

Applying to be licensed under criteria 4

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV, demonstrating the equivalent standard of qualifications, proficiency and experience in electrical installation work, as well as the application fee.

Your responsibilities as a licensed electrician

As a licenced electrician, it is your responsibility to understand the legislation and regulations in place at any time and work in accordance with them.

It is also your responsibility to certify:

  • That the electrical installation work is completed in accordance with the Australian New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000) and any other relevant standards,
  • All testing is completed in accordance with the legislation, regulations and Wiring Rules, and
  • The relevant certificate of compliance within certificates of electrical safety is signed.

Fees

Refer to ESV’s fee structure for each licence type, here.

The application fee for an Electrician’s licence is $378 for a five (5) year licence. This includes a $70 non-refundable component.

The application fee must be paid at the time the application for a licence is submitted. Credit card payments are preferred.

Renewing your Electrician’s licence

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

ESV will send a renewal notice to the last known address at least two months prior to the expiry date of the current licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure your licence is current.

Read more about renewing a licence or replacing a licence.

Renew your licence via ESV’s online services after you receive your renewal notice. Renewal must be completed prior to expiry, otherwise your licence will expire and ESV may require a new application at the new application fee rate.

Contact our Licensing team

If you need assistance with ESV’s online forms or have a query about licensing and registration, contact our Licensing and Registration team directly on 1800 815 721 or send an email to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au.

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