An electrician's licence may be issued for a period up to five years.
An electrician’s licence, also known as an ‘A Grade’ entitles the licence holder to carry out all types of electrical installation work in Victoria without supervision.
This licence does not allow the licence holder to carry out electrical installation work for profit or reward. In Victoria, to contract for profit or reward, including sub-contracting, a Registered Electrical Contractors registration must be also held.
ESV requires that a person in the business of electrical contracting, or offering to contract, be registered as an electrical contractor. This is defined as a business, person or company employing electricians to carry out electrical installation work for profit.
Terms of registration
A registration may be issued or renewed subject to any conditions that ESV imposes, including a condition that a registration may apply to only one class of electrical work.
Unless suspended, cancelled or surrendered a registration may be renewed for a period of up to five years, commencing from the date of issue or renewal of the registration.
Types of REC registrations
ESV accepts applications for registration from three types of entities:
For each registration type, both a technical and business supervisor must be in place, and the appropriate consent declarations and qualification requirements must be met.
The Restricted Electrical Worker’s licence, previously known as ‘D’ licence, (REL) entitles the licence holder to carry out disconnect and reconnect low-voltage electrical installation work relating to:
- equipment that is connected to a fixed electrical installation,
- associated with your primary trade, vocation or occupation, and
- would otherwise require the services of a registered electrical contractor or a licensed electrician.
This licence type only allows the disconnection and reconnection of ‘like for like’ equipment, for the purposes of repair, replacement and maintenance.
The Restricted Electrical Worker’s licence does not allow for electrical wiring and installation work at low voltage or above. All fixed electrical installation work requires a licensed electrician and a registered electrical contractor.
The holder of a Supervised Worker’s licence (L) is entitled to carry out all electrical installation work in Victoria under the effective supervision of a licensed electrician (in accordance with any further conditions on the licence).
This licence is issued for a maximum of three years and may not be renewed.
This licence is not recognised under mutual recognition and is not valid outside Victoria.
An electrical inspector's licence may be issued for a period of up to five years, for the purpose of inspecting electrical installation work in one or more of four classes of work.
This licence is only available to people who have previously held a B-Grade licence and have continued to renew their licence every five years.
An Electrician (Supervised) Worker’s licence is issued for a period of up to five years and entitles the holder to carry out all electrical installation work in Victoria under the supervision of a licensed electrician.
This licence must be renewed on time in order to be retained.
If a person does not renew this licence type, eligibility is then required for the Supervised Workers licence.