What is a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES)?
We ensure that electrical work carried out in Victoria is completed safely by an electrician licensed by us. We do this through the Certificate of Electrical Safety process. The Certificate of Electrical Safety is a legal document that makes the electrician accountable for the work they have completed. It is your proof of a job well done and done safely.
Electricians are required to issue a Certificate of Electrical Safety under the and the for all electrical installation work carried out in Victoria. You may be charged an administration fee for a certificate.
Who fills out the certificate?
The Certificate of Electrical Safety will be completed by the electrician you have engaged. There are two types of certificate that relate to the types of work undertaken by the electrician: Prescribed and non-prescribed.
Prescribed electrical installation work
This includes, but is not limited to, work to consumer mains cables, main switchboard, meter box and main earthing system, solar systems and battery storage:
- the licensed electrical worker is required to organise an independent electrical inspection of the installation before the certificate can be finalised and issued
- once the inspection has been completed and the inspector has determined the work complies with standards, the inspector will sign certificate and provide you with a copy. Once completed, this must be provided to you within four days.
Non-prescribed electrical installation work
This includes, but is not limited to, work to lights, power points, air conditioning, hot water service:
- an electrical inspection is not required for a certificate to be issued
- the licensed electrical worker will complete the certificate of electrical safety and is required to provide you with a copy within 30 days.
The electrician must complete the electrical installation work and test it before issuing a certificate of electrical safety.
Where does the certificate go?
The electrical worker must provide a copy of the certificate to you, Energy Safe Victoria and to other parties, as required – this is determined by the type of electrical installation work completed.
Failure to comply with the certificate of electrical safety requirements is a criminal offence, and licensed workers that fail to comply may be subject to disciplinary action, which could result in infringements, or in severe cases the suspension or cancellation of their licence.
Energy Safe audits of electrical installation work
Work completed under a certificate of electrical safety may be audited by Energy Safe to verify that electrical installation work is safe and compliant.
Energy Safe auditors are usually independent contractors authorised by Energy Safe to conduct this work. If work completed at your home or premises is audited, the auditor will contact you to make an appointment to visit your home and ask to view and test the electrical installation work, as described on the certificate of electrical safety.
Auditors must produce their Energy Safe ID cards when introducing themselves and will leave you with information to explain the work they have conducted.
For advice and information about the certificate of electrical safety, contact our COES team:
Date: 02/12/2023 5:27
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Reviewed 15 September 2023