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Where next in your career as an Electrician?

A photograph of an electrical apprentice working under supervision, with both the supervisor and apprentice wearing safety goggles, helmets, vests and gloves.

If you have received an SMS from ESV then your apprenticeship contract of training is due to end.

You must decide what your next step is, so you can continue legally working in the electrical trade. You have three options.

Your apprenticeship, schooling, and LEA are complete

You should apply for an Electrician’s Licence (A)

If you have completed your apprenticeship contract of training and obtained a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, and successfully completed all licensing assessments, you may be eligible to apply for an A grade electrician’s licence.

Click here to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for this licence.

All electrician’s licence applications must be submitted onlinevia ESVConnectExternal Link .

The ESV website contains other useful materials for you around licensing requirements and technical advice.

Your schooling or profiling is incomplete

If you have not completed all your schooling (including profiling) at the end of your apprenticeship contract of training, then an extension of that contract is now required.

To extend your contract, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)External Link .

Warning: do not work illegally

If your contract has come to an end and you do not extend, and you continue to carry out electrical installation work, you are working illegally. In these circumstances both you and your employer may be subject to prosecution and severe penalties.

Your apprenticeship and schooling are complete, but you have not yet passed your LEA

You should apply for a Supervised Worker’s Licence (L)

If you have completed your apprenticeship contract of training and obtained a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, but you have not yet successfully passed all licencing assessments, you are permitted to continue carrying out electrical installation work for a maximum of three months from your completion date.

However, if you still have not successfully passed the licencing assessments after three months you must hold a Supervised Worker’s Licence to continue to work in the trade.

To apply for a Supervised Workers Licence you must complete your apprenticeship contract of training and successfully pass the Safe Working Practice (SWP) assessment.

Warning: do not work illegally

If you are carrying out electrical installation work three months from the completion of your apprenticeship, and do not hold the appropriate licence, you are working illegally and both you and your employer may be subject to prosecution and severe penalties.

Where to submit

All licence applications must be submitted online via ESVConnectExternal Link .

To keep in touch and stay informed about important developments and safe working updates in our industry, we encourage you to subscribe to EnergySafe magazine.

Contact Us

We are here to help. You can contact our licensing team in the following ways;

Monday, Thursday, Friday — 9:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday — 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday — 9:00am to 12:30pm

Date: 05/02/2023 23:12

The material in this print-out was accurate at the time of printing.

Reviewed 02 January 2023

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