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Business and technical supervisors

Energy Safe Victoria requires Registered Electrical Contractors (REC) to operate in a fair, ethical and compliant manner.

To be registered as an REC all businesses must have a business supervisor and a technical supervisor.

Business supervisor

The person listed as the business supervisor assumes responsibility for the management and administration of the business.

If the applicant for registration will not be responsible for the business management and administration of the REC, ESV will accept an application for the business supervisor from a qualified practitioner who is a member of an accounting body.

ESV may also consider a person holding related business management qualifications or a degree for the business supervisor role if the qualifications are deemed equivalent to the Registered Electrical Contractors Course.

ESV requires an applicant’s consent to be the REC’s technical supervisor; an employer cannot force or demand that an employee act in this capacity.

What do I need to do to be a business supervisor?

  • Complete the Registered Electrical Contractors Course, available at local education institutes, and
  • Complete the relevant consent declaration for a business supervisor.

Technical supervisor

This role includes ensuring all electrical work is designed and executed in a professional manner, all apprentices and/or workers holding a Supervised Electrical Worker’s Licence are appropriately supervised and all work is carried out by qualified persons using the correct materials to be compliant with the applicable regulations.

Additionally, the technical supervisor must ensure that Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) are completed, lodged and sent to ESV, as the ‘responsible person’.

What do I need to do to be a technical supervisor?

Complete the relevant consent declaration for a technical supervisor, satisfying the technical criteria required to act in this capacity. If you are unable to satisfy the requirements, you may complete your consent under technical experience – see below. ESV reserves the right to refuse technical experience, and may require you to complete the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA).

Additionally, you will:

  • Hold, and continue to hold, a current Victorian Electrician’s Licence,
  • Have completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment or Licensed Electrical Mechanics Assessment since May 1994 or be a ‘G’ class inspector, or
  • Have completed the Capstone Assessment in another state or jurisdiction, which ESV recognises as an equivalent requirement.

Technical experience

To apply under technical experience written references must be provided from past/current employer(s) to cover employment for a period of approximately 10 years (post 1999) to demonstrate that you have been actively working as an electrician. References must be provided on company letterhead, dated and signed (by a technical supervisor/manager) and include:

  • period of employment, and
  • a detailed breakdown of the type of hands-on electrical installation experience.

I hold an Electrical Contractors Registration and I want to change my supervisor. What do I need to do?

You can request the change of supervisor in two ways:

  • Via ESV’s Online Services – electronically scanning and attaching the required supporting evidence and Consent Declaration form, or
  • Send our Licensing Team a letter on company letterhead providing details of the supervisor/s to be removed and your replacement supervisor/s, along with all other evidence required on the Consent Declaration form.

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 and we will attend to your query as soon as possible.

If you call the Licensing team after 4 pm, leave a message and one of our team will return your call the following business day.