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
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