Apply for a Limited Certificate

How to apply for a Limited Certificate as a trainee or a person who has been offered a Limited Certificate after a registration assessment has been completed.

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Download and complete a supervision declaration form

Supervision Declaration form [PDF, 125 KB]

2. Prepare supporting documents

Trainee Limited Certificate application

Limited Certificate application


If you have not yet been assessed and offered a Limited Certificate please go to the Apply for a registration assessment page.

3. Submit and pay the application fee

It is quick and easy to submit applications to become a licensed electrical worker via internet. Applications mailed to the Board’s postal address take longer to receive and process.

If you do not yet have an EW number then you will need to sign in to register with the EWRB before you apply.

See this guide to signing up for the first time.

Trainee Limited Certificate [PDF, 327 KB]

Limited Certificate application [PDF, 280 KB]

Alternatively applications and supporting documents can be mailed to:

Electrical Workers Registration Board
PO Box 10156
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please do not courier applications as this may delay processing. Applications via fax or email are not accepted.

4. Next steps

Processing and issuing of a Limited Certificate card may take up to 20 working days.

If your application is successful, you will receive:

  • a letter explaining what to do to get registered and licensed, if you are exempted from any requirements, and what further requirements you need to meet if you are an overseas applicant
  • your Limited Certificate card, with the obligation to complete the directed coursework and examinations during its currency

If only some of your experience is suitable, we may still offer you a Limited Certificate, with the condition that you complete the remaining requirements in New Zealand.

Completing safety training

To keep your Limited Certificate, you must complete approved safety training, covering safe working practices, testing, CPR and basic first aid, within three months of applying for your Limited Certificate. If you are not a trainee and are from overseas please see the safety training page for IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Safety training page

If you don’t do this training in time, your Limited Certificate becomes invalid. As safety training does not happen regularly (especially in some areas), we recommend you check the list of training providers to plan the timing of your training.

List of training providers