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Spotter's registration

Information about training and registering as a Spotter in Victoria.


To comply with the No Go Zone requirements a Spotter must be used when working inside specified clearances near overhead power lines. A Spotter is required for each item of plant or equipment operating in the vicinity of overhead electrical lines on any work site.


For registration as a Spotter with Energy Safe Victoria you must provide the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with:

  • High Risk licences
  • Evidence of units of competency where they exist
  • Verification of competency documentation
  • Current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) documentation
  • Evidence of training, competency training and experience.

Evidence of training, competency or experience must be demonstrated to obtain a Spotter Certificate for items of plant such as:

  • an Elevated Work Platform <11 metres
  • a Vehicle Mounted Crane <10 tonne / metres or
  • other plant where there is no formal operating competency.

The RTO will verify which classes Spotters will be allowed to spot for.

Once this information is received by the RTO, a completed Spotter's Registration card will be generated by Energy Safe and sent to the applicant’s residential address or work address (depending on the details provided to the RTO).

Registration renewal

For registered Spotters seeking to renew their registration and receive an updated registration card:

  • within three months of the expiry date of the Spotter's registration card, you must attend a Spotter's training course with an RTO
  • provide the RTO with all documentation verifying any new competencies achieved and current first aid and EAR documentation.

Once Energy Safe receives this updated information from the RTO, a new card will be generated by Energy Safe and sent to the person’s residential or work address (depending on the details provided to Energy Safe by the RTO).

Reissue of lost or stolen registration cards

A completed Statutory Declaration is required for Energy Safe to reissue any licence or registration card which is lost, stolen or has not been received.

Statutory Declaration

The declaration must clearly state your current address details and the Spotter registration number of the card to be reissued (if known).

Send your completed Statutory Declaration to Energy Safe by email to

Competency classes applied to Spotter registration cards

The competency classes of Spotters are detailed on the front of the Spotter's registration cards.


  • The list of competency classes on the rear of Spotter registration cards is not an exhaustive list, and does not contain all of the competency classes.
  • For additional classes to be added to a Spotter's card, the card holder needs to take the evidence for the addition of a class back to the RTO where they last completed their training. The RTO can then add the class to the Spotter's registration. A new card with updated classes will be mailed out.

The full list of competency classes that can be applied are listed here:

Competency Class Competency Class Code
Advanced Rigging (1) RA
Backhoe LB
Basic Rigging (1) RB
Concrete Placing Booms PB
Crane Chaser CC
Cranes – Bridge & Gantry CB
Cranes – Derrick CD
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (Open/Over 100 Tonnes) CO
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 100 Tonnes) C1
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 20 Tonnes) C2
Cranes – Mobile Slewing (up to 60 Tonnes) C6
Cranes – Non Slewing CN
Cranes – Portal Boom CP
Cranes – Tower CT
Dogging (1) DG
Drilling Rig DR
Elevating Work Platform (Less than 11 Metres) WP<11m
Elevating Work Platform (Greater than 11 Metres) WP>11
Excavator LE
Forestry Equipment FE
Forklift Trucks LF
Front End Loader LL
Intermediate Rigging (1) RI
Road Profiler RP
Skid Steer loader LS
Telescopic material Handlers less than 3 tonne TMH
Tipping Trucks TT
Vacuum Excavator VE
Vehicle Loading Cranes (greater than 10metre/tonnes) CV>10m/t
Vehicle Loading Cranes (less than 10metre/tonnes) CV<10m/t

(1) A person with a Dogman or Rigger class on their Spotter's registration card may act as a Spotter for any type of plant (without holding a ticket or demonstrating competence and experience for that item of plant).

Spotter training providers

A number of organisations provide training for Spotters in Victoria.

To be eligible to attend a training course, you must satisfy Energy Safe’s general requirements for Spotters:

General Requirements to act as a Spotter

Spotter service providers

Note: This is a referral service only. Energy Safe does not endorse or have commercial arrangements with these providers.

John Carr Spotters Australia

225 Point Cook Rd

Point Cook VIC 3030

Mobile: 0418 399 710 Fax: 03 8353 1456

Web: Link


Trevor Bourne

Construct Spotting Services

Mentone VIC 3194

Mobile: 0434 922 395


Geoff Flemming

QSS Management

Blackrock VIC 3193

Mobile: 0419 415 925

Web: Link


Eberhard Rabich


Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: 03 9018 9797

Mobile: 0408 351 436

Web: Link

Facebook: Link


Darren Wilson Spotters R Us

Hawthorn VIC 3122

Mobile: 0468 455 545

Web: Link


JP Cellier

STA Traffic Management Solutions

Yarraville VIC 3013

Mobile: 0418 808 809

Telephone: 03 9687 4044

Web: Link

David Phillips Energy Safe Spotter

Sunbury VIC 3429

Mobile: 0425 717 359

Web: Link


Julie Van Ryswyk

Spotter for all Machinery

South Melbourne VIC 3205

Mobile: 0410 646 080


Nicholas Gillies

Civil Connections: Spotters,

VEDN Contractors & Auditors

Williamstown North VIC 3016

Mobile: 0498 101 345

Web: Link


Alex Karakostov

Statewide Electrical Spotters

Epping VIC 3076

Mobile: 0431 728 493

Web: Link


Werner Dittrich

Melbourne Electrical Spotters

North Sunshine VIC 3020

Mobile: 0459 348 565


Mark Twentyman

Trades Workforce Solutions

Level 1/ 174 Fairbairn Rd
Sunshine West 3020

Phone: 0438 029 350 or 1800 764 893

Web: www.tradeswfs.comExternal Link


John Kriticos

Look Up Electrical Spotting

Reservoir VIC 3073

Mobile: 0432709907

Web: Link


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Date: 22/02/2024 4:21

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Reviewed 09 January 2024

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