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Apply to become a registered electrical worker.

Before you begin

View before you apply to ensure you meet the requirements and have prepared all your supporting information, including any work references.

Applying for registration from overseas for assistance.

1. Download and complete the application form

Print, complete, sign and scan your application form. PDF or JPG formats are supported by the Board’s Internet application process.

2. Pay the application fee

Pay your registration application fee ($350 incl. GST for New Zealand-trained applicants) and practising licence application fee ($250 incl. GST).

Provide credit card or debit card details and authorisation on your application form.

3. Prepare supporting documents

Organise and scan the following documents. PDF and JPG formats supported:

  • any required certified copies of certificates/qualifications
  • certified copy of proof of identity eg. Drivers licence or passport photo page
  • employer work experience reference(s)
  • completed required safety training; and
  • an ID photo online or attached one to your application. (Only required if you are also applying for a licence card).

4. Submit your application

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



Internet application

Click this button and attach your documents to submit an application for registration supported by NZ qualifications / experience via internet.

Submit your application

Alternatively applications and supporting documents can be mailed to:

Electrical Workers Registration Board
PO Box 10156
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

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

If you require an invoice, this can be sent once processing of the fees is complete. Please state if one is required and the email address for remitting as invoices are not sent automatically.

5. What next?

If your application is complete (the form is correctly filled in, all required documents have been submitted and payment is accepted) the assessment process will begin. NZ applications (with references) will take 2 – 3 weeks to complete.

Reviewing your application

Qualifications are evaluated and following confirmation of an applicant’s eligibility, an assessment of the supporting documentation is undertaken by the Boards assessment team if required. If a practising licence is required the applicant’s safety training status is checked.

What happens once a decision is made?

Once the evaluators complete their assessment, a recommendation on registration is put forward to the Registrar with an evaluation report.

From here, the Board will inform you of the outcome of your application. If your application is successful you will be provided with written confirmation and you will be added to the electrical workers register.

Assessment may find that you have yet to meet the requirements for registration, in which case the Licensing Team will inform you by email of the missing requirements. This may be an examination pass, practical assessment completion or further work experience.

How long does it take?

Once we have received your application:

  • Overseas applicants registration assessment
    • 4-6 weeks if all required paperwork is submitted. Timing starts when the application is "complete".
  • NZ applicants registration assessment
    • National Certificate (Competence-based pathway) > 10 working days.
    • Experience pathway > 2-3 weeks.
  • Limited Certificates:
    • Overseas or NZ trainee > 10 working days.
  • Practising Licence (PL):
    • Registered electrical workers applying for a PL manually > 10 working days.
    • Overseas applicants applying for a PL to complete registration > 10 working days.
    • Replacement PL card > 10 working days.

When does my card arrive?

You will be advised by email on the completion of any application. If a card is being issued this will take up to 10 working days to arrive. However if it has not arrived within 20 working days of your notification of completion then contact us. Ring 0800 66 1000 or email


Allow additional time to the above for your chosen postal/courier service to deliver your application to us – NZ Post has a target of 3 working days to deliver documents within New Zealand.

Please ensure your required paperwork is complete. An incomplete application will be referred back to you and can significantly delay assessment of your application and registration.

Need advice?

Get in touch with us if you have a question or need more information.

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