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Employers – when your electrical apprentices finish

An electrical apprentice is a licensed worker only while under a contract of training and under supervision by an employer.

Introduction

An apprentice is a licensed electrical worker only while under a training contract and under supervision by an employer.

An employer must only use licensed electrical workers to carry out electrical installation work.

An apprentice is a licensed electrical worker while:

  • under a training contract
  • supervision by an employer.

If an apprentice’s training contract has expired, they are no longer considered a licensed electrical worker.

For you to continue to legally employ your apprentice, you and your apprentice must decide what steps to take next.

To see the options an apprentice can take, see After your apprentice training contract ends

We encourage you to read that page, along with the information on this page.

If your apprentice’s schooling and Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) are complete

Your apprentice may apply for an A Grade Electrician’s licence

Your apprentice may be eligible to apply for an A Grade Electrician's licence if they:

Employers of electrical apprentices - flowchart

Employers of electrical apprentices flowchart - showing 7 steps to be completed
Employers of electrical apprentices - flowchart

Employers of electrical apprentices - flowchart

(See numbered steps on the flowchart image)

[Start]

1) Is your apprentice’s schooling or profiling complete? -> Yes -> (go to 2)
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No
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Apprentice should - extend the training contract
- contact their trade school & complete schooling ---- (go to 1)

2) Have they passed all assessments? -> Yes -> (go to 3)
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No -> You can keep employing them for electrical work for up to 3 months from completion date -> After 3 months -> (go to 5)

3) Have you given the apprentice an Employer’s letter**? -> No -> Provide a letter to your apprentice apprentice

** An Employer’s letter includes these points:
* That your apprentice has carried out a minimum period of 12 months of electrical installation work with the company (dates to be provided)
*The type of electrical work they have carried out
* The type of equipment they have worked on
* The type of industries they have worked in (domestic, industrial or commercial)

The letter must be
- on a business letterhead (or have the company details included) and
- be signed by you/the employer
- > (go to 3)
|
Yes -> (go to 4)

4) Have they passed all licensing assessments and gained an A Grade licence? -> Yes -> (go to 5)
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No -> (go to 6)

5) Check eligibility for Class A Electrician’s licence [End]

6) Apprentice must obtain a Supervised Worker's licence
This licence is temporary. It allows them to do electrical installation work under the supervision of an A Grade Electrician until they have obtained their own A Grade Electrician’s licence.
|
Have they got a Supervised Worker’s licence? -> Yes -> You may employ them temporarily while they work to get an A Grade licence -> (go to 4)

7) It is illegal for you to employ them to do electrical work.

Download Employers of electrical apprentices - flowchart

If your apprentice’s schooling or profiling is incomplete

    1. Extend the apprentice training contract completion date.You can do this by completing a form here: Changing your apprenticeship or traineeship (VRQA)External Link . *

      Submit the completed Training Contract Extension form to your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)External Link .
    2. Have the apprentice contact their trade school to complete any outstanding schooling.

    * Note: both you and the apprentice need to complete the form. If you are not willing to extend the contract, the apprentice will need to find another employer so they can complete their apprenticeship.

    Warning

    You must not employ unlicensed people.

    You must not continue to use an apprentice to carry out electrical installation work if their contract ends and is not extended. If you do, both you and your apprentice may be subject to prosecution and severe penalties.

If your apprentice’s schooling is complete, but they haven't passed all licensing assessments

Your apprentice needs to apply for a Supervised Worker’s Licence (L).

If your apprentice’s training contract is complete, but they have not yet successfully passed all licensing assessments, you can continue to employ them for 3 months from their completion date. The apprentice can carry out electrical installation work in this 3 month period.

If they do not pass all licensing assessments and gain an A Grade Electrician's licence in this 3 month period, they must have a Supervised Worker’s Licence

The Supervised Worker's Licence is temporary. It allows them to do electrical installation work under the supervision of an A Grade Electrician until they have obtained their own A Grade Electrician’s licence.

Licensed Electrician's Assessments

In addition to the training your apprentice completes to obtain the Certificate III in Electrotechnology, your apprentice must also complete the following three Licenced Electrician's assessments (LEAs) before they can apply for an A Grade Electrican's license:

  • Safe Working Practice (SWP)
  • Licensed Electrician's Theory (LET)
  • Licensed Electrician's Practical (LEP).

Your apprentice will need a letter from their trade school - 'Authorisation to Undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA)' - stating they can attempt an LEA assessment as they have finished the required units. They must have this letter before they can book an assessment.

Your apprentice can attempt an assessment at one of these assessment venues

We have sample assessments to assist the apprentice – see LEA sample assessments

Special consideration

Special consideration may be available to your apprentice when attempting their licensing assessments. Special consideration applies for medical and other circumstances to allow:

  • extra time
  • special conditions.

The apprentice may apply to Energy Safe – see Special consideration for licensing assessments

Employer's support letter

When apply for a licence, your apprentice must provide evidence of 12 months' electrical installation work. This is covered by a letter of support from you as their employer.

The dates provided on the letter must show the period they were under your employment, and that they were under an apprentice contract of training. The letter must show

  • dates within the 3 months' grace period after completing their contract of training
  • that the apprentice held a Supervised Worker's Licence.

An example of this letter is on this page: Documentation needed for an Electrician's licence

Note: The minimum period of 12 months' electrical installation work may be shown across several employer support letters.

Other helpful resources

These resources include information you might find helpful:

Further information

If you would like further information, you can contact the Licensing team:

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Date: 22/02/2024 5:31

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Reviewed 09 October 2023

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