Information about the Electrical Inspectors License
A license may be issued or renewed subject to any conditions that Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) thinks fit, including a condition that it applies to only one class of electrical work. The license continues, unless sooner suspended, cancelled or surrendered, for a period of up to 5 years specified in the license commencing on the date of the issue of the license or the renewal of the license.
A license may be issued to an applicant for the purpose of inspecting electrical installation work. The electrical installation work may be one of several classes of prescribed electrical installation work or for non-prescribed electrical installation work. The license also gives credibility for assessing electrical installations for safety in addition to inspections carried out to regulatory requirements.
Detailed information about Electrical Inspectors Licensing can be found on Energy Safe Victoria’s website.
How Do Licenses Differ?
The holder of a license is permitted only to inspect electrical wiring related to the class or classes endorsed on the license.
Information regarding the different ‘class’ types can be accessed at the ESV website.
What is required to Obtain an Electrical Inspector’s License?
All applicants must be able to produce evidence that they have the qualifications, experience, competency and proficiency for the relevant class of license.
Why do I need a License?
The licensing requirements of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and the Electricity Safety Registration and Licensing Regulations 2010, have been designed to provide for inspection of prescribed electrical wiring work by a licensed electrical inspector with the relevant class of license.
A licensed electrical inspector may be requested to carry out audit inspections on behalf of the ESV.
For an applicant to prove that they have the required competencies for the relevant class of Electrical Inspector’s License they may be required to successfully complete an assessment conducted by a body approved by the ESV (currently Future Energy Skills).
Can I Inspect Electrical Installation Work I Have Carried Out?
A licensed electrical inspector must not inspect prescribed electrical installation work if they were involved with the installation of that work, or if they are a registered electrical contractor engaged to carry out the work.
What is a G Class Electrical Inspector?
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 Electrical Inspector
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.
How Do I Obtain this License?
As part of the Certificate IV Electrical Inspection (state accredited) training Future Energy Skills only provides the theory G Class assessment. There are three separate assessments required to be sat in order to be eligible for your license.
Safe Approach Assessment – 1 hour
The Safe Approach involves the inspecting and testing of electricity supply for construction purpose. This assessment is controlled by ESV.
G Class Theory Assessment – 2 hours 15 minutes (including reading time)
The theory tests a broad range of knowledge and is conducted at Future Energy Skills.
G Class Practical Assessment – 2 hours
A practical test in two parts: the second part incorporating inspecting and testing of a commercial/industrial installation. This assessment is controlled by ESV.
- Any candidate who completed training prior to July 1st 2007 (before the release of the new G Class assessment) may have the option to sit the old G Class assessment. This assessment is carried out over one full day and involves a theory, practical and safe approach.
- Submit a completed application form for the assessment, evidence of your eligibility to sit the assessment (see prerequisites above) and payment of the appropriate fee to Future Energy Skills.
- On successfully passing the assessments, submit your assessment results, any additional competency requirements and application fee as required by ESV.
Information and assessment application form – Safe Approach and Practical Assessment – click here
For more information on Assessment bookings, click here