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Licensed Electrical Inspectors (LEIs)

This licence may be issued to experienced electrical licence holders, or a person with an equivalent qualification or experience, who wish to undertake work inspecting electrical installations for safety or compliance with regulatory requirements.

If you require the services of a licensed electrical inspector (LEI), ESV provides a list of electrical inspectors.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence they have the qualifications, experience, competency and proficiency for the class of licence required, as detailed below.

Assessments – Safe approach, G practical, H practical and H theory

All applicants must complete theory and practical assessments which are offered by ESV and Epic Training Board.

Further information is available on the Electrical inspection assessment request form.

Applying for an Inspector’s Licence

All applicants must be able to produce evidence that they have the qualifications, experience, competency and proficiency for the relevant class of licence required.

Class G

Class G allows an inspector to undertake inspections of any low voltage installations, except for those required under Class H, Class M and electric fences intended primarily for the control and containment of animals.

It is expected that prospective applicants will have held an Electrician’s Licence for at least five years.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in electrical installations that are covered by this class,
  • testing methods for electrical installations that are covered by this class, and
  • the requirements of the Regulations relating to low voltage electrical installations.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • G Class theory and practical assessment results, and
  • completed Application Form and fee.

Class H

Class H allows an inspector to undertake inspections of electrical equipment installed in a hazardous area and electrical equipment associated with the protection of the hazardous area but not installed within the hazardous area.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in electrical installations in hazardous areas,
  • testing methods in hazardous areas and for electrical equipment associated with the protection of hazardous areas, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to electrical installations in hazardous areas and electrical equipment associated with the protection of hazardous areas.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • H Class theory and practical assessment results,
  • supporting reference to demonstrate your experience in hazardous areas,
  • any other training or qualifications that you hold in hazardous areas, and
  • completed Application Form and fee.

Class V

Class V allows an inspector to undertake high voltage installations, with the exception of electrical equipment that is:

  • associated with an electric discharge lighting system,
  • associated with X-ray equipment,
  • associated with high frequency equipment,
  • within self-contained equipment supplied at low voltage, and
  • associated with electric fences intended primarily for the control or containment of animals.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in high voltage electrical installations,
  • testing methods for high voltage installations, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to high voltage electrical installations.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • details of on-the-job training with a current Class V Inspector, including at least 10, examples of high voltage electrical inspections. Please include relevant copies of the prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety,
  • a supporting reference from the Class V Inspector who provided the training and is willing to attest to your competency,
  • any other training or qualification evidence relevant to high voltage that you hold, and
  • completed Application Form and fee.

Class M

Class M allows an inspector to undertake inspection of fixed electrical equipment installed in a patient area.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in fixed electrical equipment installed in a patient area,
  • testing methods for electrical installations in those areas, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to those areas.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • evidence of on-the-job training with a current Class M Inspector, including at least 10 examples of patient area medical/electrical inspections.
    Please include copies of prescribed Certificates of Electrical Safety. The 10 examples should include at least six inspections of cardiac-protected electrical areas and four of body-protected electrical areas,
  • a supporting reference from the Class M Inspector who provided the training and is willing to attest to your competency, and
  • completed Application Form and fee.

Note: Classes F, S and R have been abolished. Class L remains renewable for existing holders only, but failure to renew by the due date will result in cancellation of the licence.

Inspection organisation form

Inspectors can apply to ESV to be allocated electronic certificates directly from contractors through our Online Services system. Please complete the Inspection Organisation form and forward to ESV for processing.

Responsibilities of a licenced electrical inspector (LEI)

A licensed electrical inspector can inspect electrical installation work as permitted by the class endorsed, including disconnecting and reconnecting for testing purposes. This disconnection/reconnection activity is not considered to be electrical installation work and a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) is not required.

An LEI must not inspect prescribed electrical installation work if they have been involved with the installation of that work, or if they are the registered electrical contractor engaged to perform the work.

An LEI must sign the Certificate of Inspection within the Certificate of Electrical Safety certifying that the prescribed electrical installation work carried out, or supervised, by the licensed electrician meets all the requirements of the legislation and regulations.

Fees

Refer to ESV’s Licensing fees page for each licence type.

The application fee for licenced electrical inspectors includes a $70 non-refundable administration component.

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

Renewing an LEI 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 and ESV has your current address and contact details. 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.

Read more about renewing a licence or replacing a licence.

Renew your licence via ESV’s online services once you receive your renewal notice.

Class L licences that are not renewed by the due date cannot be reissued.

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.