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Electrician's licence (A Grade)

Information about the electrician's licence (A Grade).

About the Electrician's (A Grade) licence

You can perform electrical installation work in Victoria as a holder of this licence – without supervision.

A Grade Electrician's licence card sample

This licence allows you to perform electrical installation work as an employee.

This licence does not allow you to contract for electrical installation work for profit or reward.

You must also be a Registered Electrical Contractor to carry out work for profit or reward. This means you hold a Registered Electrical Contractors (REC) registration.

For more information, visit our page dedicated to REC registration:

Registered Electrical Contractors

Requirements

You may apply for an Electrician's (A Grade) licence under one of the categories below.

You can create a user profile and check your eligibility with ESVConnect.

Electrical apprentice pathway

  • Certification

    You hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or an equal certification. 

  • Completion of apprentice training

    You've completed a 4-year contract of training as an apprentice electrician. This includes at least 12 months of experience carrying out electrical installation work – with written confirmation from your employer.

    See this sample confirmation letter: 

    Employer support letter
    PDF 57.34 KB
    (opens in a new window)

     

  • Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) confirmation letter


    You have a letter of completion from the VRQA. This letter confirms the successful completion of your apprenticeship.

  • Completion of the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA)

    You've completed the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) – conducted by an assessment centre approved by Energy Safe. LEA completion must be within 5 years from the date of your application.

    The LEA comprises 3 assessments

    • Safe Working Practice (SWP) 
    • Licensed Electrician's Practical (LEP) 
    • Licensed Electrician's Theory (LET) 

    Undertaking the Licensed Electrician's Assessment

  • Fee

    You're ready to pay the application fee of $434.10.

Submission checklist

  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Evidence of 12 months' electrical installation work experience
  • LEA results letter
  • Application fee

Sample documents

Our dedicated section for electrical apprentices:

Electrical apprentices


ES licence pathway

  • Electrician (Supervised) Licence (ES licence)

    You currently hold an ES licence.

  • Certification

    You hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or equal qualification.

  • Completion of 12 months of electrical installation work

    You've completed 12 months of electrical installation work – while holding an Electrician (Supervised) Licence. You must provide written confirmation from your employer.

    See this sample confirmation letter: 

    Employer support letter
    PDF 57.34 KB
    (opens in a new window)

     

  • Completion of the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA)

    You've completed the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) – conducted by an assessment centre approved by Energy Safe. LEA completion must be within 5 years from the date of your application.

Submission checklist

  • Electrician (Supervised) Licence (ES)
  • Evidence of 12 months of electrical installation work experience
  • LEA results letter
  • Application fee


Electrical fitter pathway

  • Supervised Worker's Licence (L)

    You currently hold a Supervised Worker's Licence.

  • Training contract completed

    You've completed a 4-year contract of training as an electrical fitter. This resulted in a Certificate III in electrical fitting or equivalent.

  • Completion of 12 months of electrical installation work

    You've completed 12 months of electrical installation work while holding a Supervised Worker's Licence. You must provide written confirmation from your employer.

    See this sample confirmation letter: 

    Employer support letter
    PDF 57.34 KB
    (opens in a new window)

     

  • Complete the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA)

    You have completed the Licensed Electrician's Assessment (LEA) conducted by an assessment centre approved by Energy Safe. LEA completion must be within 5 years from the date of your application.

Submission checklist

  • Supervised Worker's Licence (L)
  • Completed 4-year contract of training as an electrical fitter
  • Evidence of 12 months of electrical installation work experience
  • LEA results letter
  • Application fee


Interstate pathway

For electrical workers from another state in Australia.

  • Equivalent qualifications with no licence

    You have equivalent qualification – but do not currently hold a licence issued by an interstate licensing authority.

    You must show equal experience to the pathways above. This includes your:

    • Certificate III in Electrotechnology
    • evidence of your apprenticeship
    • standard of qualifications
    • demonstrated skill in electrical installation work
    • experience in electrical installation work.
  • Interstate licence

    You hold a licence issued by an interstate licensing authority that is equivalent to a Victorian A Grade Licence – or have completed similar requirements outside Victoria that may be acceptable.

    This is called Mutual Recognition. For more information, visit Interstate electrical workers


New Zealand pathway

For electrical workers from New Zealand.

  • Your licence

    You hold a licence issued by the New Zealand licensing authority that is equivalent to a Victorian A Grade Licence.

    This is called Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition. For more information, visit interstate electrical workers

     

     


International pathway

  • Credentials

    Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)

    For applicants with a combination of overseas and local qualifications and experience – who aren't Australian residents or have an Australian passport.

    You have, and can supply, your OTSR to Energy Safe.

    Australian Technical Competency Statement (ATCS) 

    For applicants with a combination of overseas and local qualifications and experience – who have gained Australian citizenship.

    You have, and can supply, your ATCS to Energy Safe.

  • Certification

    You've completed the Australian context Gap Training. You also hold a Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician qualification.

  • Supervised Worker's Licence (L)

    You currently hold a Supervised Worker's Licence.

  • Completion of the Licensed Electrician's Theory assessment (LET)

    You've passed the LET assessment with a result of 75% or higher.

  • Completion of the Licensed Electrician's Practical assessment (LEP)

    You've passed the LEP assessment with a result of 75% or higher.

  • Completion of 12 months of electrical installation work

    You've completed 12 months of electrical installation work while holding a Supervised Worker's Licence (L). You must provide written confirmation from your employer.

    See this sample support letter:

    Employer support letter
    PDF 57.34 KB
    (opens in a new window)

    Note: The minimum period of 12 months of electrical installation work applies. You can show this experience across several employer support letters.

    For more information, see international electrical workers

Fees

Refer to our Licensing fees

Note:

  • Application fees include a $70 non-refundable administration component.
  • Application fees are due when you submit your licence application.
  • Energy Safe requires credit card payment.

Date: 19/06/2024 23:30

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