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ESVConnect Certificates of Electrical Safety

Information about electronic prescribed and non-prescribed COES.

ESVConnect and COES

The Electricity Safety Act 1998External Link and Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019External Link require a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) to be issued for all electrical installation work.

ESVConnectExternal Link has been designed so registered users can lodge prescribed or non-prescribed Certificates of Electrical Safety and meet all their certification requirements of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) and Electricity Safety (General) Regulations 2019.

Note: ESVConnect supports electronic certificates only. You cannot purchase and lodge paper certificates using ESVConnect.

About ESVConnect

ESVConnect is the online system for licensing, REC registration, Certificates of Electrical Safety and registration of cathodic protection systems. ESVConnect can be accessed by a mobile phone, tablet or computer through any of the popular web browsers available.

Watch: Introducing ESVConnectExternal Link . This animated video broadly describes how ESVConnect works.

In ESVConnect:

Licensed Electrical Workers and Registered Electrical Contractors can

  • purchase Prescribed and/or Non-Prescribed certificates
  • manage electrical installation certifications and
  • review and download completed Certificates of Electrical Safety.

Licensed electrical inspectors and inspection companies (ICs) can manage electrical inspections, including allocate inspection requests to Licensed electrical inspectors on their workers list.

All Electrical licence holders, REC Technical and Business Supervisors and Licensed Electrical Inspectors have legal obligations and must complete those obligations in ESVConnect.

It is the duty of the responsible person

  • REC Technical Nominee
  • A Grade licence holder
  • REL holder or Switchgear Licence holder and
  • Licensed Electrical Inspectors

to understand the legislation. All provisions of the Act and Regulations pertaining to COES and electrical inspections are mandatory.

Failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence and licensed workers who do so may be subject to disciplinary action which could result in the suspension or cancellation of their licence or registration.

Supporting ESVConnect users

User guides


Energy Safe Victoria has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about ESVConnect COES.

Inbuilt help

ESVConnect has inbuilt support and helpful information to guide you through the certification process and to assist the user when purchasing and completing the certification process.

  • Take a tour – click through help screens demonstrating the main functions of the system.
  • ‘Help’ text – on each screen to assist users via step-by-step guidance.

ESVConnect includes the following types of certificates:

  • Prescribed COES
  • Non-prescribed COES.
Three Images of Certificates of Electrical Safety forms with the word 'sample' across each one.

Samples: Prescribed (left and centre) and Non-Prescribed (right) COES

How to register for ESVConnect

  1. Go to the ESVConnect log in page.
  2. Select ‘Register for ESVConnect’.
  3. Select the appropriate path to register.
    • Licence upgrade: all existing licence holders must select this path
    • REC: only for REC Business Supervisors without an electrical licence
    • LEI: only for Licensed Electrical Inspectors without an electrical workers licence
    • None of the above: for new users without a licence.
  4. Enter the full licence number inc. the prefix. Click next.
  5. Enter the User ID and password previously provided for Online Services. Follow the prompts to the next screen.
  6. Verify the information provided from the search is correct.
  7. Enter a valid email address to use as your ESVConnect Login ID. Select a password that adheres to Energy Safe Victorias security guidelines.
  8. Agree to the Conditions of Use and Privacy Notice, and then upgrade.
    • This will take you back to the ESVConnect login page.
  9. Enter the ESVConnect email Login ID and password. Click Log in.
    • A verification code will be sent to the email address nominated.
  10. Enter the verification code. Select Verify my account.
    • An active profile is created and a welcome email will be sent to the nominated ESVConnect email address.
  11. Enter your residential and postal addresses, and mobile number.
  12. You will arrive at the profile screen. Here you can view licences, registrations and associations.
  13. Click on ‘Welcome to ESVConnect video’ or ‘Take a tour’ for further information.

The ESVConnect certification process


You can buy certificates in ESVConnect through the applicable licence or REC profile. See COES fees for each type of COES.

The ESVConnect COES guide explains the purchase process for:

Registered Electrical Contractors (RECs)

  • On the ESVConnect homepage, click on the appropriate REC number under “My Registrations” OR under 'My Installations' page select your Registered Electrical Contractor banner
  • Select “Purchase Certificates” button
  • Follow the prompts to purchase certificates for your use under your REC.

Licensed Electrical Workers (LEWs)

  • On the ESVConnect homepage, click on the appropriate Licence number under “My Licences” OR under the 'My Installations' page select your licence banner
  • Select “Purchase Certificates” button
  • Follow the prompts to purchase certificates for your use under your electrical licence.

Note: If your work is for profit or gain you must purchase and complete COES under an REC registration.

Starting a Certificate - Certificates of Compliance (EIC) LEW and REC

You can start and view Certificates of Compliance in ‘My Installations’ located in the menu on the ESVConnect homepage

The ESVConnect COES guide

explains the process for:

  • Drafting of a Certificate of Compliance
  • Certifying a Certificate of Compliance
  • Review and approve or Review and return process for a certificate of compliance, and
  • Allocating completed prescribed certificates to an inspector or inspection company.

Inspection for a Prescribed certificate - Certificate of Inspection (LEI)

Certificates of Inspection and inspection requests are located in ‘My Inspections’ located in the menu on the ESVConnect homepage

The ESVConnect COES Guide

explains the processes for a Licensed Electrical Inspector including:

  • Accept/Decline inspection request
  • Complete a certificate of inspection as Compliant
  • Complete a certificate of inspection as Non-Compliant
  • Begin a certificate of inspection and return for amendment or defect rectification.

Review the Defects list.

Certificates of Electrical Safety

Your completed Certificates of Electrical Safety are located in ‘My Completed COES’ located in the menu on the ESVConnect homepage.

The ESVConnect COES Guide explains the process for viewing and distributing Certificates of Electrical Safety

Note: Unless you have been directed to do so by ESV's Audit Scheme, Energy Safe Victoria does not require a copy of a COES to be provided, as it is already in the ESVConnect system.

Charging customers fees for COES

Can RECs and RELs charge an administration fee for the purchase of COES?

Yes. A Registered Electrical Contractor or a Restricted Electrical Licence holder may charge their customers fees for the administration of COES.

Specifically, ESV advises the following:

However, an REC or REL may elect to charge their customers an additional handling fee for their time in purchasing the COES, filling it out and lodging it with ESV as required. This additional fee amount is determined by the REC or REL and the fee should be explained to their customer.

Some REC’s and REL’s elect not to separately itemise Certificates of Electrical Safety on their invoices, instead the COES and handling fee form part of the sundry items or may even be included as part of one lump sum in their invoice. Although the purchase of COES from ESV does not attract GST, an REC or REL may be required to add GST to the amount they charge their customers. ESV cannot give advice regarding GST.

The amount the REC or REL charges the customer, over and above the authorised purchase amount for the Certificate of Electrical Safety, including handling fee is a contractual issue between the REC or REL and the customer.

Date: 30/03/2023 14:52

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Reviewed 06 February 2023

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