Electrical work licence - Queensland

Service summary

This licence is required to perform electrical work in Queensland within the classification of the licence.

The following classes of electrical work licences may be issued:

  • electrical mechanic licence
  • electrical linesperson licence
  • electrical fitter licence
  • electrical jointer licence
  • restricted electrical work licence
  • electrical work training permit

The following classes of electrical work licences may be issued:

Electrical fitter

Subject to particular conditions or restrictions included in the licence, an electrical fitter licence authorises the holder to perform all electrical equipment work.

Example of what the holder of an electrical fitter licence may do:

  • electrical work, whether in a workshop or on site, of building, manufacturing, fitting, assembling, erecting, operating, testing or repairing electrical equipment.

Electrical jointer

Subject to particular conditions or restrictions included in the licence, an electrical jointer licence authorises the holder to perform electrical work to the extent of the following:

  1. installing, jointing and terminating cables to the extent the work requires specialised knowledge or skill;
  2. electrical equipment work necessary for the work mentioned in paragraph (a).

Electrical linesperson

Subject to particular conditions or restrictions included in the licence, an electrical linesperson licence authorises the holder to perform all electric line work.

Examples of what the holder of an electrical linesperson licence may do:

  • electrical work in the building or maintenance of an overhead electric line
  • electrical work in the building or maintenance of street lighting connected to an overhead or underground electric line
  • tests to ensure overhead electric lines are correctly connected.

Electrical mechanic

Subject to particular conditions or restrictions included in the licence, an electrical mechanic licence authorises the holder to perform all electrical work.

Examples of what the holder of an electrical mechanic licence may do:

  • installing or changing an electrical installation or electric line maintaining, repairing, or connecting to a source of electricity, an item of electrical equipment.

Restricted electrical work

A restricted electrical work licence authorises the holder to perform electrical work only of a particular type stated in the licence.

Examples of what the holder of a restricted electrical work licence may do:

  • a restricted electrical work licence may restrict the holder to the performance of electrical work incidental or special to a particular calling.

The electrical work that is covered by the licence must be incidental to a persons trade or calling to assist in the performance of the work of that trade or calling.

The training for the Restricted Electrical Work Licence is not intended or sufficient to enable a person to carry out activities that are the work of an electrical fitter and/or mechanic. The authorisation for the licence holder to carry out electrical work within a prescribed category is endorsed on the licence, together with the related units of competence.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Electrical work

scope of work performed by each trade classification as defined in Section 18 of Electrical Safety Act 2002.

Exemptions

electrical work in connection with an electrical installation operating at a voltage not exceeding 50 volts alternating current (rms) 120 volts ripple free direct current. However, the following are not electrical work:

  1. installing or removing electrical equipment by connecting it to electricity, or disconnecting it from electricity, by a plug and socket outlet;
  2. repairing or replacing non electrical components of electrical equipment. Examples for paragraph (b): repairing hydraulic components attached to an electric motor replacing a drive belt on a washing machine;
  3. replacing a component forming part of electrical equipment if the electrical equipment has been designed so that the component is readily and safely able to be replaced by a person without electrical knowledge or skill. Examples for paragraph (c): replacing a fuse replacing the bulb in a light fitting;
  4. assembling, making, modifying or repairing electrical equipment in a workplace registered under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, if that is the principal manufacturing process at the workplace, and arrangements are in place, and are detailed in written form, for ensuring that
    1. the work is done safely and competently; and
    2. the equipment is tested to ensure compliance with relevant standards;
  5. building, under the supervision of an electricity entity, an overhead electric line on structures that do not already carry an energised overhead electric line;
  6. building or repairing ducts, conduits or troughs ("channels") where electrical wiring will be or is installed, if
    1. the channels are not intended to be earthed; and
    2. wiring installed in the channels is not energised; and
    3. the work is done under the supervision of a person licensed to perform electrical installation work;
  7. laying, cutting or sealing underground cables that are part of the works of an electricity entity before the initial connection of the cables to an electricity source;
  8. recovering underground cables that are part of the works of an electricity entity after disconnection from an electricity source;
  9. altering, repairing, maintaining or recovering an overhead electric line that is part of the works of an electricity entity, if the work is performed under the entitys supervision and
  10. work performed by a person on electrical equipment if
    1. the electrical equipment is not energised; and
    2. the work is prescribed under a regulation for this paragraph; and
    3. it is necessary for the person to perform the work to meet the eligibility requirements for an electrical work licence.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must meet the general requirements for an electrical work licence and the eligibility requirements for each class/es of electrical work licence that they are applying for as defined in section 42-46 Electrical Safety Regulation 2013.

Transferability

This licence cannot be transferred to another person.

Duration

Electrical work training permit may be issued for a maximum of one year. Electrical work licence may be issued, renewed or reinstated for a maximum of five years with a renewal notice sent prior to expiry date of the work licence.

Other resources

Application

You can obtain this licence by completing and submitting the appropriate application form to Electrical Licensing.

Application forms, guidelines and information sheets can also be downloaded from the Electrical safety website.

You will need the following items with your application (list is not inclusive - see individual applications for required documents):

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Scheduled fee
  • CPR certificate (must be current at time of application)
  • Details of trade training and qualifications as requested.

Under Mutual Recognition, two scenarios may apply:

  1. Under the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 2003 the holder of a current interstate/New Zealand licence may apply for an equivalent Queensland licence. For a Restricted Electrical Licence the Principal Licensing Officer will determine the endorsements or units of competence awarded.
  2. An External Licence equivalent can apply for the holders of Electrical Fitter or Electrical Fitter and Electrical Mechanic, or Electrical Mechanic licences. Schedule 1 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 details the licence type as shown on the interstate/New Zealand licence and the equivalent licence class to which the Queensland electrical licence is equivalent.

Note: All licences must be current at the time of application


Additional information

Please contact Electrical Licensing regarding this licence as the exemptions under section 55 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 are very complex.

 

Administering agency

Electrical Safety Office

Act(s) name

Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (Queensland)

Contact details

Electrical Licence Processing Services
Electrical Safety Office

Mailing address:
PO Box 820
Lutwyche QLD 4030

Phone:

1300 362 320

Supporting information

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