The Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) is made up of 3 assessments all electrical workers must pass to get an electrician's licence to work in Victoria.
The three assessments are:
- Licensed Electrician's Theory (LET)
- Licensed Electrician's Practice (LEP)
- Safe Working Practice (SWP).
There are optional preparation courses to undertake the LEA offered by some training centres, which may assist your preparation for these assessments.
Authorisation to sit the LEA
The evidence you need to provide before you can sit the LEA assessments depends on the path you have taken.
Apprentices must provide evidence to the assessment venue that they are authorised to sit the LEA assessment(s). Your RTO (or 'trade school') will provide you with an 'Authorisation to Undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA)' letter stating that you have completed all the required units of competence and can attempt an LEA assessment. You'll need this letter before you can book an assessment.
Existing electrician's licence holders
Existing licence holders are able to undertake the LEA without first informing Energy Safe. Provide details of your current licence to the assessment body as your proof of authorisation.
Supervised Worker's licence holders
A current Supervised Worker's licence can be used as evidence to attempt the LET and LEP assessments.
Registered Electrical Contractors
If you're applying to register as a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) you may be required to re-attempt the LEA. The A Grade electrician's licence can be provided as evidence when booking.
- evidence of an electrical fitter apprenticeship*
- Certificate of Electrical Fitter qualification
Expired electrician's licence
If your licence has expired, Energy Safe must provide approval for you to sit the assessments. To apply for LEA authorisation, send
- evidence of an electrician's apprenticeship*
- your expired licence details
You may book your LEA assessments at any of the following assessment venues.
Safe Working Practice (SWP) assessment may be provided by:
Licensed Electrician’s Theory (LET) assessment may be provided by:
Licensed Electrician’s Practical (LEP) assessment may be provided by:
You must receive a result of 75% or higher to successfully complete an assessment.
On successful completion of the assessment, you will receive a letter advising you of your result. This letter must be provided to Energy Safe Victoria when applying for an electrician's licence.
If you receive a result of 41% or more, but less than 75% in the LET or LEP, you are not permitted to reattempt that type of assessment for 14 days.
If you receive a result of less than 75% in the SWP you are not permitted to reattempt the SWP for 14 days.
If you achieve a score of 40% or lower for the LET or LEP assessment you may have conditions imposed upon you before you can reattempt that assessment.
If you attempt the same assessment six times or more, you may have conditions imposed upon you before you can reattempt that assessment. Conditions that may be imposed could include:
- Complete a paper or a face-to-face review of the assessment with the assessment venue.
- Attend a course of training or tutorial for the relevant assessment.
Assessment venues are not permitted to accept a booking from anyone that has had conditions imposed on them without Energy Safe's permission.
Energy Safe recognises that some candidates may need to apply for special consideration when attempting electrical licensing assessments.
Special consideration is a process that aligns the electrical licensing assessments to the principle of reasonable adjustment. An assessment may be adjusted to meet the needs of an individual while not compromising the standard required in the assessment.
Special consideration can be provided for medical and other extenuating circumstances to provide extra time or special conditions to assist you to complete your assessments.
Any special consideration granted will apply to all future attempts of that assessment unless otherwise specified. Energy Safe has the right to withdraw any special consideration if the application is found to be false, misleading, or the candidate’s circumstances have changed.
Licensing assessment appeals
You can appeal your assessment result. Any appeal should follow the process in place at the venue where you attempted the assessment.
Before you can lodge an appeal for the LET or LEP, you must have completed both a paper review and a face-to-face review.
Before you can lodge an appeal for the SWP, you must have completed a video review.
If the matter is unable to be resolved using the above process, you have the right to raise an appeal to Energy Safe.
Complaints will be managed following the process at the individual assessment venue.
If the matter is unable to be resolved under the venue's process, you have the right to raise a complaint with Energy Safe.
- details of the assessment (date, time, location and assessor)
- the complaints process followed, including details or evidence of either
- face-to-face review
- video review (as applicable)
- any other processes taken.
All complaints must be made by the person complaining, not from an external party.
Date: 02/12/2023 6:16
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Reviewed 20 November 2023