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Undertaking the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA)

About the LEA

The Licensed Electricians Assessment (LEA) is a series of three assessments all electrical workers must pass to be granted an electricians licence to work in Victoria. The three assessments are the Licensed Electricians Theory (LET), the Licensed Electricians Practice (LEP) and the Safe Working Practice (SWP).

The LEP assessment is offered by Future Energy Skills (formerly EPIC Industry Training Board) and Melbourne Polytechnic (formally NMIT). The LET and SWP assessments are offered by EPIC Industry Training Board and Melbourne Polytechnic, and various other RTOs in Victoria.

There are optional preparation course to undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) offered by some RTOs, which would assist in preparation for these assessments.

Authorisation to sit the LEA

Applicants must provide evidence to the assessment body that they are authorised to sit the LEA assessment/s.

Apprentices, or former apprentices who have never obtained a licence, should speak to their teachers about obtaining LEA authorisation.

Existing licence holders are able to undertake the LEA without first informing ESV. Provide details of your current licence to the assessment body as authorisation.

If your licence has expired, ESV must provide approval for you to sit the test. To apply for LEA authorisation, email a copy of your trade certificate and expired licence details to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au and include information on why you are making the request.

Overseas qualifications

If you have qualifications from overseas, you must first be assessed for and issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR), and have been issued a Supervised Workers licence. Read more about working in Victoria with overseas qualifications.

Provide details of your current Supervised Workers Licence to the assessment body as authorisation.

The OTSR replaced the Australian Recognised Trades Certificate (ARTC) on 30 September 2014. If you were issued an ATRC prior to this date, provide a copy of the ARTC to the assessment body as authorisation.

Special consideration

Applicants with exceptional circumstances can apply to ESV for an additional 30 minutes to complete the LEA Theory (LET) assessment if they meet the following requirements for special consideration:

  • You must have attempted the LET at least once and failed,
  • Your failure result must be at least 50 per cent or more,
  • You can provide a letter from your school supporting the request,
  • You have evidence that a paper review has been completed,
  • You have had a one-on-one interview with an assessor, and
  • You have completed an LET tutorial after the paper review.

The use of scribes or interpreters can be arranged but must first be authorised by ESV and substantiated by your teacher. The applicant will be required to make all the arrangements and to meet the costs.

Special consideration on medical grounds may also be considered for all LEA assessments. This may include time extensions or one-on-one exam situations.

Further information is available in our LEA Special Consideration agreement.

English as a second language is not sole grounds for a special consideration application.

Early release of apprentices

The Electricity Safety (Licensing and Registration) Regulations 2010 requires an apprenticeship to be a four-year contract of training.

A student may request early release from their apprenticeship after completing a minimum of 42 months’ training provided that:

  1. The student has been awarded Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician, and
  2. The student is fully signed out by the VRQA (Skills Victoria) to a COMPLETED status on the DELTA system, as well as the LEA and all profiling requirements, and
  3. They have a detailed letter from their employer supporting the application and that the applicant has completed 12 months’ wiring and installation work experience.

This reduction also applies to any apprentice under competency-based training.

Regardless of any reduction applied by the VRQA (Skills Victoria), ESV will only consider a six-month reduction in the duration of the training contract for an Electrician’s Licence.

If VRQA grant a reduction in time to less than 42-months, applicants will be required to hold a Supervised Worker’s Licence for the shortfall period.

Contact our Licensing team

If you need assistance with ESV’s online forms or have a query about undertaking the LEA, contact our Licensing and Registration team directly on 1800 815 721 or send an email to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au.