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Switchgear Worker’s licence (SW)

The holder of a Switchgear Workers licence (SW) is entitled to carry out electrical installation work that is limited to the assembly, alteration, repair and maintenance of switchgear and control gear assemblies.

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.

Eligibility for a Switchgear Workers licence

You may apply for a Switchgear Workers licence if you meet at least one of the following criteria.

Criteria 1

  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrical fitter, including at least 12 months’ experience in carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work, with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Hold a Certificate III in Switchgear and Controlgear, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Theory (SGT) Assessment conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and Holmesglen TAFE and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Practical (SGP) Assessment conducted by Energy Safe Victoria.

Applying to be licensed under Criteria 1

A Switchgear Workers licence application form to 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 switchgear fitting work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Certificate III in Switchgear and Controlgear,
  • Statement of Switchgear Theory Assessment from an approved RTO,
  • Switchgear Practical assessment result from ESV, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 2

  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrical fitter, including at least 12 months’ experience in carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work, with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electrical Fitting, including the elective units UEENEEA110A, UEENEEG111A, UEENEEG164A and UEENEEG129A, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Theory (SGT) Assessment conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and Holmesglen TAFE, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Practical (SGP) Assessment conducted by Energy Safe Victoria.

Applying to be licensed under Criteria 2

A Switchgear Workers licence application form to be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter of completion confirming the completion of your apprenticeship as an Electrical Fitter from the VRQA,
  • Evidence of 12 months’ experience carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Certificate III in Electrical Fitting
  • Statement of results confirming competence in the units UEENEEA110A, UEENEEG111A, UEENEEG164A and UEENEEG129A,
  • Statement of Switchgear Theory Assessment from an approved RTO,
  • Switchgear Practical assessment result from ESV, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 3

  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrical fitter and hold a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship, Certificate of Proficiency, or equivalent,
  • Have completed at least 5 years experience in carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work, with written confirmation by an employer
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Theory (SGT) Assessment conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and Holmesglen TAFE, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Practical (SGP) Assessment conducted by Energy Safe Victoria.

Applying to be licensed under Criteria 3

A Switchgear Workers licence application form to be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter confirming the completion of your apprenticeship or Certificate of Proficiency as an electrical fitter from the VRQA or Skills Victoria,
  • Evidence of 5 years’ experience carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Statement of Switchgear Theory Assessment from an approved RTO,
  • Switchgear Practical assessment result from ESV, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 4

  • Hold an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC), issued by Trades Recognition Australia, in the trade of Electrical Fitter.
  • Have completed at least 5 years experience in carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work, with written confirmation by an employer
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Theory (SGT) Assessment conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT) and Holmesglen TAFE, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Switchgear Practical (SGP) Assessment conducted by Energy Safe Victoria.

Applying to be licensed under Criteria 4

A Switchgear Workers licence application form to be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • An Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC), issued by Trades Recognition Australia, in the trade of Electrical Fitter.
  • Evidence of 5 years’ experience carrying out electrical switchgear fitting work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Statement of Switchgear Theory Assessment from an approved RTO,
  • Switchgear Practical assessment result from ESV, and
  • The application fee.

Your responsibilities as a licensed Switchgear Worker

As a licenced Switchgear Worker, 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 a Switchgear Workers 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 Switchgear Workers 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.