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Licensed Electrical Inspector (LEI) assessments

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) conducts assessments for candidates who intend to apply for an electrical inspector’s licence – G class or H class.

ESV conducts the Safe Approach, G Practical, H Theory and H Practical assessments.

Enquiries and applications for the G Theory assessment should be directed to Future Energy Skills (formerly EPIC Industry Training Board) on 9654 1299 or www.futureenergyskills.com.au

ESV cannot consider your application for a G or H Class Inspector licence until the relevant assessments are completed. You must complete the relevant assessment before making an application. Click HERE for the assessment application form.

To apply for an assessment conducted by ESV, please forward your completed Electrical Inspector Assessment application form and your payment to:

Finance Department
LEI Assessments
Energy Safe Victoria
PO Box 262
COLLINS STREET WEST VIC  8007

or via email: leiassessmentapplication@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Once your documentation has been received and ESV has confirmed your eligibility to undertake the assessment, ESV will contact you to organise an appointment for your assessment. The ESV assessments are conducted at our Glen Waverley office:

Brandon Office Park
Level 1, Building 4
540 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley VIC 3150

ESV reserves the right to cancel or reschedule your assessment. Candidates may reschedule up to five business days prior to the assessment at no charge. Rescheduling after this time may incur additional fees. Should the candidate fail to attend the assessment, the fee paid will be forfeited and the candidate will be required to submit a new request form and pay another fee.

About the assessments

G Class

In order to undertake the G Class assessments, the candidate must have:

  • At least five years’ electrical trade experience after the successful completion of their apprenticeship, and hold a current A Class electrical worker’s licence or have an equivalent qualification.
  • Thorough knowledge of the current Australian and New Zealand Wiring Rules and associated Standards used to evaluate compliance of electrical installation work.
  • A thorough understanding of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 in relation to the safety of electrical installations, compliance and testing of electrical installation work, and the Certificate of Electrical Safety system.

You must complete the following assessments:

G Class Theory (conducted at Future Energy Skills, formerly EPIC Industry Training Board)

Involves a written examination on a broad range of electrical knowledge. (2 hours, plus briefing time)

Safe Approach (conducted at ESV)
Inspecting and testing of electricity supply for construction purposes. (1 hour, plus briefing time)

G Class Practical (conducted at ESV)
Inspection and testing of domestic/commercial/industrial electrical installations. (2.5 hours, plus briefing time)

The minimum pass mark for each assessment is 75%.

Upon successful completion of all G Class assessments you may then apply to ESV for your G Class inspector’s licence.

H Class

 In order to undertake the H Class assessments, the candidate must have:

  • At least five years’ experience in the installation and testing of electrical equipment installed in hazardous areas.
  • Thorough knowledge of the current Australian and New Zealand Wiring Rules and associated Standards used to evaluate the compliance of electrical installation work associated with electrical equipment installed in hazardous areas.
  • A thorough understanding of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 in relation to the safety of electrical installations, compliance and testing of electrical installation work installed in hazardous areas and the Certificate of Electrical Safety system.

It is an advantage to hold a current A Class electrical worker’s licence or equivalent qualification.

You must complete the following assessments:

H Class Theory (conducted at ESV)
Involves a written test on a broad range of hazardous area electrical knowledge and a practical testing component. (2.5 hours, plus briefing time)

H Class Practical (conducted at ESV)
Inspection and testing of two industrial installations containing explosive atmospheres. (2.5 hours, plus briefing time)

The minimum pass mark for each assessment is 75%.

Upon successful completion of all H Class assessments, you may then apply to ESV for your H Class inspector’s licence.

Additional documentation is required to support your application, including:

  • provision of evidence of training or qualifications (specialising in hazardous areas)
  • letters of support

Reference material

You will need to bring several reference books for use during the assessment. The following list of assessment material is permitted during the assessment and must include the latest amendments.

Reference Material Where do I find this?
AS/NZS 3000:2007 – Wiring Rules Standards Australia
AS/NZS 3008.1.1:2009 – Electrical Installations – Selection of Cables Standards Australia
AS/NZS 3017:2007 – Electrical Installations – Testing & Inspection Guidelines Standards Australia
AS/NZS 3012:2010 – Electrical Installations – Demolition and Construction Sites Standards Australia
AS/NZS 4836:2011 – Safe working on low voltage electrical installations Standards Australia
Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 Legislation administered by ESV

 

Additional Standards are required for H Class theory and practical assessment only:

Reference Material Where do I find this?
AS/NZS 2243.8:2014 – Safety in laboratories – Fume cupboards Standards Australia
AS/NZS 4114.1:2003 – Spray painting booths, designated spray painting areas and paint mixing rooms – Design, construction and testing Standards Australia
AS/NZS 4114.2:2003 – Spray painting booths, designated spray painting areas and paint mixing rooms – Installation and maintenance Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.1:2007 – Explosive atmospheres – Equipment protection by flameproof enclosures ‘d’ Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.7:2006 – Explosive atmospheres – Equipment protection by increased safety ‘e’ Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.10.1:2009 – Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas (Gas) Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.10.2:2011 – Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas (Dust) Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.11:2011 – Explosive atmospheres – Equipment protection intrinsic safety ‘i’ Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.14:2009 – Explosive atmospheres – Electrical installations design, selection and erection Standards Australia
AS/NZS 60079.17:2009 – Explosive atmospheres – Electrical installations inspection and maintenance Standards Australia
AS/NZS 61241.14:2005 – Electrical apparatus for use in the presence of combustible dust Standards Australia

 

ESV provides testing instruments and tools that are required for the practical assessments and the latest version of the defect list.

Candidates must provide unannotated copies of reference material. Pens must be used for all written answers and calculations. A silent non-programmable calculator may be used, electrical devices including mobile phones and tablets are strictly prohibited.

OHS requirements for assessments

Candidates must wear appropriate clothing and footwear to all assessments as per Section 9 of AS/NZS 4836:2011.

All candidates MUST have long sleeves, long pants and covered footwear.

Candidates wearing shorts/t-shirt or inappropriate footwear will be denied entry to the assessment.