As a Licensed Electrical Inspector (LEI), you have regulatory responsibilities.
A Licensed Electrical Inspector must:
- upon receipt, sign your LEI licence card
- notify ESV within 10 days of any change of name and/or address details
- when carrying out an electrical inspection and at the request of ESV, produce your LEI licence card or details of your licence
- only carry out an electrical inspection within the scope of your licence when attending the electrical installation
- address stated on the Prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES)
- have the Prescribed COES signed by the person who carried out the electrical installation work
- ensure the Prescribed COES:
- is legible on all copies
- contains all the required details, including a description of all of the prescribed electrical installation work to be inspected
- is accurate.
- maintain safe working practices including taking adequate precautions against injury i.e. safe approach.
- inspect the electrical installation in accordance with the Act, Electrical Safety (General) Regulations and AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules.
- carry out testing of the electrical installation as required by the Electrical Safety (General) Regulations, including:
- testing in accordance with AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules; and
- in the case of consumer’s mains, test in accordance with Regulation 228
- in the case of a medical electrical installation, test in accordance with Regulation 242
- in the case of electrical work on a photovoltaic array, test in accordance with AS/NZS 5033
- in the case of electrical work on grid connected inverter energy systems, test in accordance with Regulation 245
- in the case of high voltage installation work, test in accordance with Regulation 246.
- ensure you have signed the certificate of inspection section of the Prescribed COES and all the details required by the Prescribed COES are completed.
- list any defects in the Details of Defects section on the Prescribed COES, if any defects were identified during the inspection.
Note: The LEI is not required to record any defects on the customer’s copy of the certificate of inspection, if the defects are rectified at the time of the inspection.
- if the electrical installation inspected will be electrically unsafe when connected to supply, you must complete the Safety Statement section of the Prescribed COES.
- if inspected work does not comply with the ESA or Regulations, the responsible person for that electrical installation work must be notified of the defect/s within four business days after the inspection.
- notify ESV of the completion of the certificate of inspection via IVR or online certification system, within four business days of the inspection being carried out.
- return the completed Prescribed COES to the responsible person who carried out the electrical installation work within four business days, after the completion of the inspection.
- retain your copy of the Prescribed COES for three years after the date you signed the certificate.
As a Licensed Electrical Inspector, you must not:
- be directly employed by the responsible person or a related body corporate for the electrical installation work
- inspect electrical installation work for which you have been involved in the design of that work, other than giving advice
- carry out electrical inspection work unless your LEI licence is current – it is your responsibility to know your licence expiry date.
As a Licensed Electrical Inspector, you should:
- know the expiry date of your licence
- understand that the responsible person must have the prescribed electrical installation work inspected within eight business days, after the completion of that work
- maintain knowledge of the following documents (as amended from time to time):
- Electricity Safety Act
- Electricity Safety (General) Regulations
- Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations
- AS/NZS 3000: Wiring Rules, other relevant standards including referenced sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
- the Victorian Electricity Distributors Service and Installation Rules
- undertake regular education and training
- understand your OH&S responsibilities
- wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment (PPE)
- consider appropriate insurance.
As a Licensed Electrical Inspector, you should understand:
- ESV may take disciplinary action if you fail to comply with the ESA or pursuant regulations including suspension and/or cancellation of your licence, infringement notices and prosecution.
The information presented in this guideline is intended for general use only. It should not be viewed as a definitive guide to the law, and should be read in conjunction with the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and pursuant regulations.
Note: The word ‘must’ indicates that legal requirements exist, which must be complied with. The word ‘should’ indicates a recommended course of action, while ‘may’ indicates an optional course of action.
Date: 01/02/2023 10:36
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Reviewed 28 January 2023