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 2

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.

About the LEA

The Licensed Electricians Assessment (LEA) is a series of three assessments all electrical workers must pass to be granted an electricians licence to work in Victoria. The three assessments are the Licensed Electricians Theory (LET), the Licensed Electricians Practice (LEP) and the Safe Working Practice (SWP).

There are optional preparation course to undertake the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) offered by some RTOs, which would assist in preparation for these assessments.

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 (see LET Sample Exam below).
  • 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.

All assessments have a minimum pass mark of 75%.

Am I eligible to sit the LEA?

To be eligible to sit the individual components of the LEA, the following prerequisites are required:

  • Signed Authorisation to Undertake form from a Registered Training Organisation; or
  • Electrician (Supervised) Licence (ES Class); or
  • Supervised Worker’s Licence (L Class); or
  • Electrician’s (A/E Class) license. This is required for REC Technical Assessment; or
  • Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) or Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC); or
  • If your licence has expired, ESV must provide approval for you to sit the test. To apply for LEA authorisation, email a copy of your trade certificate and expired licence details to licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au and include information on why you are making the request.

To view examples of the required pre-requisite documentation, click here

Important information about assessment requirements and conditions

LEP and SWP assessments:

The LEP and SWP assessments are practical examinations. These assessments are to be regarded as ‘real life’ situations and as such all candidates must dress appropriately.

Protective clothing is required when undertaking practical assessments:

  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long trousers
  • Suitable covered footwear

If you do not wear the appropriate clothing (PPE) as per AS/NZS4836:2011 Safe Working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment, you will be excluded from the assessment.

Candidates are required to bring their own Insulation Resistance and Continuity tester. The criteria for the testers is as follows:

  • Analogue only
  • No indication for PASS/FAIL
  • Minimum of 250V/500V scale
  • Minimum of 2 x continuity scales
  • True moving coil meter

Please note that replacement testers will only be provided if candidate’s batteries run out or the tester is within calibration.

The LET/LEI assessment:

Candidates must provide their own material/codes and rule books.

Candidates should be suitably attired; no thongs or singlets are permitted in the LET examination.

Assessment Bookings & Dates

View the LEA calendar for upcoming assessment dates, click here.

To make a booking for an LEA call 9654 1299 or email leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au.  Please note:

  • Candidates sitting an LEA exam for the first time with Future Energy Skills must fax or email a copy of their Authorisation to Undertake form
  • Payment must be provided on the day of the booking

Future Energy Skills also conducts LEA Assessments in regional Victoria at various times during the year.  For more information contact 9654 1299.

For more information on Assessment bookings, click here

LEA Paper Based Reviews

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an assessment may apply to receive a paper based review.

The cost of a paper based review is $55.00. The paper based review will be completed within 5 days and can be accessed via the LEA online results system.

To book please phone (03) 9654 1299 or email leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au

To view a sample of the LEP paper review, click here

To view a sample of the LET paper review, click here

To view a sample of the SWP paper review, click here

LEA Face-to Face Reviews

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an assessment may apply to receive a face-to-face review.

The cost of a face-to-face review is $95.00.

To book please phone (03) 9654 1299 or email leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au

LEA Tutorials

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an assessment and have purchased the paper review for that session are eligible to book and attend an LEA Tutorial. The cost of an LEA Tutorial is $85.00 and sessions range between 60-90 minutes.

SWP – 60 minute session, Tuesday 6:45pm – 7:45pm
LET – 90 minute session, Tuesday 5:00pm – 6:30pm
LEP – 90 minute session, Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Private one on one tutorials can be arranged upon request at the cost of $170 per session. Please ensure you bring your paper review along to the tutorial session.

To book please phone (03) 9654 1299 or email
leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au

LEA Fees

Fees for the Licensed Electrician Assessment (LEA) are as follows:

Booking/OrderCostRefund Amount (at least 1 week’s notice)Reschedule Cost (at least 1 week’s notice)Refund Amount (less than 1 week’s notice)Reschedule Cost (less than 1 week’s notice)
Safe Working Practice (SWP)$150$110$40$0*$150⁺
Licensed Electrician Theory (LET)$98$58$40$0*$98⁺
Licensed Electrician Practice (LEP)$255$215$40$0*$255⁺
Licensed Electrician Inspector (LEI)$215$175$40$0*$215⁺
LEA Paper Review$55N/AN/AN/AN/A
LEA Face to Face (F2F) Review$95$55$40$0*$95⁺
LEA Tutorial$85$45$40$0*$85⁺

* If an approved medical certificate is provided, please refer to refund amount (at least 1 week’s notice) pricings.

⁺ If an approved medical certificate is provided, please refer to reschedule cost (at least 1 week’s notice) pricings.

Exam Re-sit Offers

AssessmentCost
SWP re-sit following a paper review$115
LET re-sit following a paper review$65
LEP re-sit following a paper review$240

Candidate’s behaviour during an assessment

Please note that all Future Energy Skills assessments are conducted under strict examination conditions.

The Future Energy Skills Licensed Electricians Assessment is approved by ESV and we, including ESV, appreciate that all candidates realise the importance of the assessment and the consequences of not adhering to the examination procedures.

For a copy of the Rules of Conduct within an LEA/LEI Assessment, click here

Special Consideration

Applicants with exceptional circumstances can apply to ESV for an additional 30 minutes to complete the LEA Theory (LET) assessment if they meet the following requirements for special consideration:

  • You must have attempted the LET at least once and failed,
  • Your failure result must be at least 50 per cent or more,
  • You can provide a letter from your school supporting the request,
  • You have evidence that a paper review has been completed,
  • You have had a one-on-one interview with an assessor, and
  • You have completed an LET tutorial after the paper review.

The use of scribes or interpreters can be arranged but must first be authorised by ESV and substantiated by your teacher. The applicant will be required to make all the arrangements and to meet the costs.

Special consideration on medical grounds may also be considered for all LEA assessments. This may include time extensions or one-on-one exam situations.

Further information is available in the LEA Special Consideration agreement.

English as a second language is not sole grounds for a special consideration application.

LEA Cancellation of Exams

The following applies to candidates seeking to reschedule or cancel exams;

  • If the candidate provides Future Energy Skills more than 5 working days’ notice, Future Energy Skills can reschedule the exam date. The candidate will incur a reschedule cost
  • If the candidate does not provide Future Energy Skills 5 days’ notice, Future Energy Skills can reschedule the exam date however  the session booking fee will be forfeited. Where a medical certificate is provided within 48 hours of the exam date, the candidate will incur reschedule cost
  • In the event that the candidate does not wish to attend the exam at Future Energy Skills, a refund will be provided (if more than 5 days’ notice) minus a cancellation fee. The refund will be forfeited if less than 5 days’ notice.

See LEA Fees section for further information.

LEA Sample Exams

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LET Sample Exam
LET Sample Exam – Answers
LEP Sample Exam 1
LEP Sample Exam 1 – Answers