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Licensed electrical inspector (LEI) responsibilities

As a Licensed Electrical Inspector (LEI), you have regulatory responsibilities

This guideline is aimed at providing an overview of responsibilities that are incumbent upon you under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.


An LEI must:

  • upon receipt, sign your LEI licence card
  • notify ESV within 10 days of any change of name and/or address details
  • when carrying out an electrical inspection and at the request of ESV, produce your LEI licence card or details of your licence, and
  • only carry out an electrical inspection within the scope of your licence.


Attending an inspection

  • Attend the electrical installation address stated on the Prescribed COES.
  • Have the Prescribed COES signed by the person who carried out the electrical installation work.
  • Ensure the Prescribed COES:
    • is legible on all copies,
    • contains all the required details, and
    • is accurate.


Carrying out an inspection

  • Maintain safe working practices, including taking adequate precautions against injury (i.e. safe approach)
  • Inspect the electrical installation in accordance with the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations and AS/NZS 3000; Wiring Rules
  • Carry out testing of the electrical installation as required by the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations, including:
    • test in accordance with AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules; or
    • in the case of high voltage installation work, test in accordance with AS 2067.


Completion of the inspection

  • Ensure you have signed the certificate of inspection section of the Prescribed COES and all the details required by the Prescribed COES are completed.
  • If any defects were identified during the inspection list these in the Details of Defects section on the Prescribed COES .

Note: The LEI is not required to record any defects on the customer’s copy of the certificate of inspection if the defects are rectified at the time of the inspection.

  • If the electrical installation being inspected will be electrically unsafe if connected to supply, you must complete the Safety Statement section of the Prescribed COES.
  • If inspected work does not comply with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 or regulations, the responsible person for that electrical installation work must be notified of the defect/s within 4 business days after the inspection.
  • ESV is to be electronically notified of the completion of the certificate of inspection via the IVR or online certification system within 4 business days of the inspection being carried out.
  • Return the completed Prescribed COES to the responsible person who carried out the electrical installation work within 4 business days after the completion of the inspection.
  • Retain your copy of the Prescribed COES for 3 years from the date you signed the certificate.


As an LEI, you must not:

  • be directly employed by the responsible person or a related body corporate for the electrical installation work
  • inspect electrical installation work for which you have been involved in the design of that work other than giving advice, and
  • carry out electrical inspection work unless your LEI licence is current – it is your responsibility to know your licence expiry date.


As an LEI, you should:


As an LEI, you should understand:

  • ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the Electrical Safety Act 1998 or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your licence, infringement notices and prosecution.


The information contained in this guideline is intended for general use only. It should not be viewed as a definitive guide to the law, and should be read in conjunction with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.


The word ‘must’ indicates that legal requirements exist, which must be complied with.
The word ‘should’ indicates a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ indicates an optional course of action.

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

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