How to work as an electrician or get an electrical license in Australia?

How to work as an electrician or get an electrical license In Australia ?

    By Ausinet International – 05 August 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

Electricians play a very significant role in the trades industry in Australia. Australia is always looking for good qualified electricians to fill out the gap in the job market.

how to become an electrician in Australia

1- If you have a qualification from overseas

  • Step 1 : Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)

As per the Trades Recognition Australia website : Applicants who complete a skills assessment through a TRA-approved RTO for one of the following licensed occupations will be issued an OTSR:

  • Electrician (General) 
  • Electrician (Special Class) 

The OTSR documents an applicant’s technical skills by recording the technical competencies the applicant has successfully demonstrated against the relevant Australian vocational education and training (VET) qualification. The OTSR holder must still undertake Australian context gap training and a period of supervised employment in the specific trade to be awarded the Australian VET qualification for that occupation.

 

  • Step 2 – Provisional license

As per the Trades Recognition Australia website : Overseas trained tradespeople who hold an OTSR are eligible to apply for a provisional licence. A provisional licence allows the holder to perform work in the licensed occupation under supervision while completing the Australian context gap training. A provisional licence can be obtained on application from Australian state and territory licensing regulators, subject to applicants meeting other non-skill requirements.

Electrician (General) and Electrician (Special Class)

TRA is now providing detailed information for electrical licensing and Australian context gap training in all states and territories. See details per state below.

 

  • Step 3 – Australian Context Gap Training

While working under supervision, OTSR holders must also undertake formal training to obtain the Australian-specific knowledge related to their occupation. See details per state below.

 

  • Step 4 – Get an Australian VET Qualification

See details per state at the end of this article.

  • Step 5 – Apply for a current, identified Australian occupational licence

Generally the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician Australian VET qualification is a requisite for a full tradesperson’s licence, which may have a slightly different name and different conditions depending on the state or territory you wish to work in. 

Please note that a tradesperson’s licence does not automatically allow the holder to become a contractor. Contractor’s licences generally require further training and additional experience. Individuals should confirm these requirements, and the conditions of the various licence categories with the licensing authority in the relevant state or territory.

 

Requirements for each state to get an electrical license for OTSR holders - As of August 2020

Northern Territory

To apply for a Permit to Work Under Supervision, OTSR holders wishing to work in the Northern Territory (NT) must contact the Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board, who is the regulator responsible for issuing NT electrical licences.

Holders of a Permit to Work Under Supervision must:

  •  enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

 On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For specific information about electrical licences in the Northern Territory please contact the Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board.

Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board
T: 08 8936 4079
E: Electrical.licensing@nt.gov.au
W: Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board

Queensland

To obtain an electrical work licence in Queensland OTSR holders must contact the Electrical Safety Office, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Queensland electrical licences.

  • Applicants will be issued a twelve-month electrical work training permit to allow them to perform electrical work under the supervision of an appropriately licensed worker;
  • Applicants must then complete the Australian context gap training with an approved RTO. On successful completion of the training applicants can apply for their Queensland licence;

Note: Although permits are issued for twelve months, depending on their previous experience applicants may be deemed competent by their RTO sooner.

For more specific information about electrical licences in Queensland, please contact the Electrical Safety Office.

Electrical Safety Office
T: 1300 632 993
E: Licensing.ProcessingServices@oir.qld.gov.au
W: Electrical Safety Office

Western Australia

To apply for an Electrician's Provisional Licence, Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) holders wishing to work in Western Australia (WA) must contact Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), who is the regulator responsible for issuing WA electrical licences.

Holders of an OTSR must:

  • Apply to DMIRS by completing the Application Form.
  • obtain an approval letter from the DMIRS to attend an Electrical Licensing Board approved WA registered training organisation (RTO). This allows applicants to complete gap training, assessment and workplace experience for the Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician; and,
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for the period of the gap training.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For more specific information about electrical licences in Western Australia, please contact the following:

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

T: 08 6251 2000
E: energylicensing@dmirs.wa.gov.au
A: Locked Bag 100 EAST PERTH 6892
W: DMIRS

New South Wales

To apply for a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate, OTSR holders wishing to work in New South Wales (NSW) must contact New South Wales Fair Trading, who is the regulator responsible for issuing NSW electrical licences.

Holders of a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence or qualified supervisor's certificate for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician and obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency through the NSW Vocational Training Review Panel, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

Applicants should refer to the Licence classes and qualifications page for Electricians in order to view the full requirements to obtain a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate.

For specific information about electrical licences in NSW please contact NSW Fair Trading.

Fair Trading
T: 13 32 20
E: HBLicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au
W: NSW Fair Trading

Victoria

To apply for a Supervised Workers Licence, OTSR holders wishing to work in Victoria must contact Energy Safe Victoria, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Victorian electrical licences.

Holders of a Supervised Workers Licence must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, and;
  • successfully complete the Licensed Electricians Theory (LET) and Licensed Electricians Practical (LEP) assessments.  

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician and the completion of the LET and LEP licensing assessments, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For specific information about electrical licences in Victoria, please contact Energy Safe Victoria.

Energy Safe Victoria
T: 1800 815 721
E: licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au
W: Energy Safe Victoria

South Australia

To apply for a Restricted Electrical Worker Registration, OTSR holders wishing to work in South Australia (SA) must contact Consumer and Business Services South Australia, who is the regulator responsible for issuing SA electrical licences and registrations.

Holders of a Restricted Registration must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's registration.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical registration.

For specific information about electrical licences and registrations in South Australia, please contact Consumer and Business Services South Australia .

Consumer and Business Services South Australia
T: 131 882
E: occupational@sa.gov.au
W: CBS SA

Tasmania

To apply for a Provisional Licence, OTSR holders wishing to work in Tasmania must contact the Tasmanian Government Department of Justice, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Tasmanian electrical licences.

Holders of a Provisional Licence must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training through TasTAFE, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence (Electrical Practitioner Licence).

For specific information about electrical licences in Tasmania, please contact the Tasmanian Government Department of Justice.

Tasmanian Government Department of Justice
T: 1300 654 499
E: cbos.info@tas.gov.au
W: www.cbos.tas.gov.au (division of DoJ)

Australian Capital Territory

To apply for an Unrestricted Permit Electrotechnology Systems, OTSR holders wishing to work in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) must contact Access Canberra who is the regulator responsible for issuing ACT electrical licences.

Holders of an Unrestricted Permit Electrotechnology Systems must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full unrestricted Electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, and;
  • include a letter of need fro the applicant's employer stating:
    i) the principal trade to which the incidental electrical work applies, and;
    ii) the need for the restricted electrical permit or licence in that trade.
    For permits, the letter must include the name and licence number of the person who will be supervising their work.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for an unrestricted electrical licence.

For more specific information about electrical licences in the ACT, please contact Access Canberra.

Access Canberra
T: 02 6207 8096
E: cwpl@act.gov.au
W: Access Canberra

2- If you don’t have any qualification

  • Step 2 – If you are eligible get your 485 graduate visa – Graduate Work Stream – and gain stipulated Electrical Experience with an electrician. It allows its holder to stay in Australia for up to 18 months
  • Step 3 – Apply for a full license following the ERAC requirements governed by the applicable state you wish to call home

All the above information has been taken from the Trades Recognition Australia website https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/ 

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