Working in Victoria with overseas qualifications
Electrical workers who have qualifications obtained outside Australia and/or New Zealand and wish to carry out electrical installation work in Victoria may be eligible to apply for a Victorian electrical worker’s licence.
You must have a licence issued by ESV to work in Victoria.
While you may be qualified in your home country, those qualifications must be assessed by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) or their nominated training providers before an application can be lodged with ESV.
ESV does not assess overseas qualifications.
More information is available on the TRA website or contact TRA on 1300 360 992.
Obtaining a Supervised Worker’s licence (L)
If your qualifications meet Victoria’s requirements, TRA will issue an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) or TRS assessment outcome letter, which can be used to apply to ESV for a Supervised Worker’s Licence. The Safe Working Practice assessment required to obtain this licence will be carried out as part of your OTSR assessment.
Applicants are also required to meet non-skill licensing requirements.
Once you have been issued an OTSR and obtained a Supervised Workers Licence, you must complete Australian Context Gap Training. Successful completion of this training will earn the applicant a Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician.
The registered training organisations offering the Course in Electrician – Minimum Context Gap Course (course code: 10145NAT) are:
- Vic – Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
- QLD – Australian Trade Training College Ltd
- ACT – Canberra Institute of Technology
- SA – PEER VEET
- SA – TAFE SA
- WA – College of Electrical Training (CET)
- WA – Northern Metropolitan TAFE
- WA – Southern Metropolitan TAFE
- NSW – TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute
Applicants who hold this Certificate are then eligible to sit the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA), which is mandatory to earn an Electrician’s Licence. Some registered training organisations (RTOs) offer optional preparation courses to undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA), which may assist with these assessments.
Upgrading to an Electrician’s licence
You must work under supervision for more than 12 months before you can apply for an Electrician’s licence.
To have a Supervised licence upgraded, you will need to apply to ESV with the following:
- Completed application form
- OTSR Certificate
- Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician
- LEA Certificate of Completion (or Capstone Assessment in another state or territory)
- Applicants must also be able to demonstrate 12 months’ wiring and installation work experience, and
- The applicable licence fee.
Detailed information about the OTSR and the pathway to electrical licensing is available on the TRA website.
To find a Trade Recognition Services (TRS) provider click here.
Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) – to 30 September 2014
Applicants who received an Australian Recognised Trade Certificate prior to 30 September 2014 can still use this as evidence of overseas skills assessment.
An ARTC holder who is an Electrical Mechanic can undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment in its entirety with EPIC ITB, Melbourne Polytechnic or other authorised RTOs. You can also apply to ESV for a Supervised Worker’s Licence after completing the Safe Working Practices (SWP) assessment. Some registered training organisations (RTOs) offer optional preparation courses to undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA), which may assist with these assessments.
An ARTC holder who is an Electrical Fitter or Electrical Fitter (Instruments) can seek to undertake the Safe Working Practice Assessment with EPIC ITB, Melbourne Polytechnic or other authorised RTOs to apply for a Supervised Worker’s Licence.
Holders of this licence will be able to apply for an Electrician’s Licence once they can provide evidence of 12 months’ installation experience and have completed the Practical and Theory assessments of the LEA.
You will need to apply to ESV with the following:
- Completed ESV application form for either an Electrician’s licence or Supervised Worker’s licence
- TRA Certificate (ARTC)
- Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) results (for an Electricians Licence) or Safe Working Practices (SWP) assessment result (for a Supervised Workers Licence), and
- Evidence of overseas qualifications and experience in the industry, such as references and evidence of apprenticeship and trade qualifications gained overseas, to demonstrate how your ARTC was obtained.
Your responsibilities as a licence holder
As a licence holder, it is your responsibility to understand the legislation and regulations and work in accordance with them:
- Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009
- You must ensure your work is under effective supervision of a Licensed Electrician if issued with a Supervised Worker’s Licence, and
- The work undertaken is signed off with a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) by you or your supervisor.
Contact our Licensing team
If you have a query about working in Victoria with overseas qualifications, contact our Licensing and Registration team directly on 1800 815 721 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.