Electrician’s Licence

In Australia, electrical is a licensed trade. This means that individuals must receive a license from Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) to work in Victoria. There are a number of types of licenses available from ESV – for the full listing, visit the ESV website.

To gain an Electrician’s License in Victoria, ESV, the independent electrical safety and technical regulator in Victoria, has indicated that an apprentice electrician must successfully pass a Licenced Electrical Assessment (LEA).

Future Energy Skills is an Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) approved assessment centre for the LEA.

The LEA is a combination of three separate assessments, sat at three different times:

  • Safe Working Practice for Electricians Assessment (SWP) – 40 minutes (including reading time)
    SWP tests your ability to safely disconnect then reconnect a piece of electrical equipment.
  • Licensed Electrician Theory Assessment (LET) – 2 hours 15 minutes (including reading time)
    The theory tests a broad range of knowledge
  • Licensed Electrician Practical Assessment (LEP) – 4 hours (including reading time)
    The LEP is a practical test in four parts: wiring a meter box and switchboard, MEN system testing, identifying visual defects and testing an installation.

Please note, Future Energy Skills does not issue licenses, but we conduct assessments which enable electricians to apply for their licenses from ESV

To find out more about the LEA click here
To making a booking for your LEA click here

Getting an Electrician’s License in Victoria

To gain an Electrician’s License in Victoria, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), the independent electrical safety and technical regulator in Victoria, has indicated that an apprentice electrician must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Criteria 1

  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Future Energy Skills
  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an apprentice electrician, including at least 12 months’ experience carrying out electrical installation work with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Electrician.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 1

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter of completion confirming the completion of your apprenticeship from the VRQA,
  • Evidence of 12 months’ experience carrying out electrical installation work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equivalent,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 2

  • Hold an Electrician (Supervised) Licence,
  • Hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equivalent,
  • Completed 12 months’ electrical installation work as the holder of an Electrician (Supervised) Licence with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Future Energy Skills.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 2

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician,
  • Evidence of 12 month’s experience carrying out electrical installation work. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 3

  • Hold an Electrician (Supervised) Licence,
  • Completed a four-year contract of training as an electrical fitter which resulted in a Certificate of Proficiency as an Electrical Fitter,
  • Completed 12 months electrical installation work as the holder of a Supervised Worker’s Licence with written confirmation by the employer, and
  • Satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by ESV, such as Future Energy Skills.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 3

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV along with the following:

  • Letter of Completion confirming the completion of your Apprenticeship from Skills Victoria and the Certificate of Proficiency as an Electrical Fitter,
  • Evidence of 12 months’ experience in electrical installation work since being issued with a Supervised Worker’s Licence. For example, a letter from your employer providing details of your experience,
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) Certificate, and
  • The application fee.

Criteria 4

The applicant’s standard of qualifications, proficiency and experience in electrical installation work is at least of an equivalent standard to that required under criteria 1, 2 or 3. Therefore, the applicant may already be licensed in another state or territory, or have completed similar requirements outside Victoria, that may be acceptable.

Applying to be licensed under criteria 4

An Electrician’s licence application form must be completed and lodged with ESV, demonstrating the equivalent standard of qualifications, proficiency and experience in electrical installation work, as well as the application fee.

Electrical Inspectors Licence

An electrical inspectors licence is issued for the purpose of inspecting electrical work.  There are a number of electrical inspector licences available and each of them will allow you to undertake a specific type of inspection.

Future Energy Skills currently runs the Electrical Inspectors G Class Theory Assessment.  Please note, you will also need to complete a G Class Practical Assessment in order to be eligible to apply for a licence, the practical assessment is run by Energy Safe Victoria.

Class G allows an inspector to undertake inspections of any low voltage installations, except for those required under Class “H” and Class “M” and electric fences intended primarily for the control and containment of animals.  It is expected that prospective applicants will have held an Electrician’s Licence, for a preferred period of at least 5 years.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • A detailed understanding of safety in electrical installations that are covered by this class.
  • Testing methods for electrical installations that are covered by this class.
  • The requirements of the Regulations relating to low voltage electrical installations

To find out more about the Electrical Inspectors Licence and Assessment click here
To make a booking for your Electrical Inspectors G Class Theory Assessment click here.