Licensing

To view the LEA calendar for upcoming Future Energy Skills assessment dates, click here.

Licensing assessment rules and advice for candidates

For a copy of the licensing assessment rules within an LEA/LEI Assessment, click here.

Electrician’s licence

An electrician’s licence entitles the licence holder to carry out all types of electrical installation work in Victoria without supervision. To obtain an electrician’s licence, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), the electrical safety and technical regulator, specifies that an apprentice electrician must satisfactorily complete the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by an approved assessment centre.

Future Energy Skills is an ESV approved assessment centre.

For more information regarding electrical licensing, visit the ESV website.

About the LEA

The LEA is a combination of three assessments, undertaken on separate occasions:

  • Safe Working Practice (SWP) – 50 minutes (including reading time)
    Assesses your ability to safely isolate, disconnect then reconnect electrical equipment.
  • Licensed Electrician Theory Assessment (LET) – 2 hours 15 minutes (including reading time)
    Assesses a broad range of knowledge related to Australian Standards and Regulations
  • Licensed Electrician Practical Assessment (LEP) – 4 hours (including reading time)
    The LEP assessment contains four sections; designing and then connecting a meter panel with switchboard, MEN system testing, identifying visual defects and testing an installation.

All assessments have a minimum pass mark of 75%.

Please note, Future Energy Skills does not issue licenses. Upon successful completion Electrical Licences can be obtained through ESV.

To make a booking for your LEA click here

Obtaining an Electrician’s Licence in Victoria

You may apply to ESV for an Electrician’s licence if you fall under one of the following categories:

You have

  • satisfactorily completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) conducted by an assessment centre approved by ESV
  • hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equivalent
  • 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.
  • a letter of completion confirming the completion of your apprenticeship from the VRQA
  • the application fee.

OR

  • currently 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 an assessment centre approved by ESV.

In this instance, you would need to submit the following evidence with your application:

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • evidence of 12 month’s experience carrying out electrical installation work e.g. a letter from your employer providing details of your experience
  • Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) assessment result letters, and
  • the application fee.

OR

  • currently 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 an assessment centre approved by ESV.

For more information regarding electrical licensing, visit the ESV website.

Am I eligible to sit the LEA?

Applicants must provide evidence to the assessment body that they are authorised to sit the LEA assessment/s.

  • 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 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 assessment. 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 are practical assessments. These assessments are simulating ‘real life’ workplace environment, as such all candidates must dress appropriately.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn when undertaking practical assessments (SWP/LEP):

  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long trousers
  • Suitable protective footwear (i.e. Work boots)

If you are not wearing the appropriate clothing (PPE) as per AS/NZS4836:2011 Safe Working on or near low-voltage electrical installations and equipment, Future Energy Skills is required to exclude you from the assessment.
Candidates are required to bring their own Insulation Resistance and Continuity tester. The criteria for the testers are 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;

• Australian Standards
• Writing materials etc..
• Regulations / codes

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

Assessment Bookings & Dates

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

To make a booking for an LEA please visit our online booking system FES Connect (fesconnect.com.au). Please note:

  • Candidates sitting an LEA assessment for the first time with Future Energy Skills must upload 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 paper based review will be completed within 5 days and can be accessed via the FES Connect.

To book please visit our online booking system FES Connect (fesconnect.com.au), 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.

To book please visit our online booking system FESconnect (fesconnect.com.au), phone (03) 9654 1299 or email leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au

LEA Tuition

For information regarding LEA Tuition please visit https://futureenergyskills.com.au/leatuition/

To make a booking please visit our online system FESconnect https://fesconnect.com.au/calendar/ ,phone (03) 9654 1299 or email leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au

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 a 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 ESV’s LEA Special Consideration agreement.

Licencing Assessment Appeals

Future Energy Skills is an ESV authorised assessment body, and as such must adhere to the Energy Safe Victoria Licencing Assessment Rules document. All candidates have the right to appeal their assessment outcome if they are justifiably unsatisfied with their initial result. Prior to lodging an appeal for LET, LEP, LEI Safe Approach, LEIT or LEI G Practical, a candidate must have completed both a paper review and a face-to-face review. Fees apply. Prior to lodging an appeal for SWP, REL Class 1, REL Class 2 or Switchgear Practical, a candidate must have completed a video review. Fees apply.

All Assessment Appeals must be initially lodged by the candidate only, within 7 days of the assessment or face to face review to Future Energy Skills, if you are not satisfied at the end of this process you can appeal to Energy Safe Victoria.

Assessment Appeals Process

  1. Receive your result through FESConnect
  2. Obtain a paper review to ascertain where you lost marks.
  3. Attend a face-to-face review with an assessor.
  4. If you believe you have grounds to appeal your result, speak with the assessor or complete the Licencing Assessment Appeals form and submit to Future Energy Skills.
  5. Future Energy Skills will commence the appeals process, finalising an outcome within 10 business days of receipt of the appeal.
  6. Appeals may only be made by the candidate who undertook the assessment.

If you are not satisfied with the appeal’s outcome you can make a further appeal to ESV, by clicking here.

Complaint & Grievance Process

Future Energy Skills supports the right for all candidates to a fair and transparent process for the resolution of grievances and complaints if the individual believes a decision, behaviour or action is unfair.

Lodging the complaint/grievance

  1. Must be made by the candidate only, unless written consent is given within 24 hours of the assessment.
  2. In Writing using the Licencing assessment complaint form within 24 hours of the assessment.
    1. Click here for the Licencing Assessment Complaints Form.
    2. Email to: leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au
  3. In person at the time of the assessment completion or within 24 hours of the assessment.
  4. Via the phone within 24 hours of the assessment.
  5. Future Energy Skills will investigate the complaint and finalise an outcome within 10 business days.

Please email or complete this form with a Future Energy Skills staff member at the time of the assessment or within 24 hours.

Contact Details:
P: (03) 9654 1299
E: leabookings@futureenergyskills.com.au
A: Building 2 Level 3 195 Wellington Road, Clayton 3168.

If you are not satisfied with the appeal’s outcome you can make a further appeal to ESV, by clicking here.

Reschedule or Cancel a Booking

The following applies to candidates seeking to reschedule or cancel a booking;

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