Apply for a registration assessment

How to get your overseas work experience and overseas qualifications assessed for registration.

How much it costs to apply

The fee is $1,650 (including GST) for each registration application and $250 for a practising licence. If you are applying from overseas, GST is not applied. When applying on-line, you must indicate that you are not a NZ tax resident.

You can pay for your application by credit or debit card. All payments made outside the New Zealand banking system should be made by credit card.

How to apply

To apply you must have:

  • completed the required amount of experience for that class of registration
  • filled in the on-line application completely
  • paid the application fee
  • provided supporting documentation in pdf form
  • submitted the application.

If you are unable to apply on-line you can fill in this form and send in by post along with hard copies of all supporting documents:

Overseas registration application form [PDF, 459 KB]


If you have an Australian licence, your application is processed in accordance with the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA).

More details on registering with an Australian Licence under TTRMA.

What next?

If your application is complete (the on-line application or form is correctly filled in, all required documents have been submitted and payment is accepted) the assessment process will begin. Overseas applications may take up to 8 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.

What happens once a decision is made?

Once the evaluators complete their assessment, a recommendation on registration is referred to the Licensing Team who will then send a letter detailing the requirements to complete registration.

Requirements may include an examination pass(es), practical assessment completion and further work experience.

If you meet the minimum requirements for work experience you will also be invited to apply for a Limited certificate. If not, you will be advised to apply for a Trainee Limited Certificate. Either Limited Certificate is required for us to recognise the prescribed electrical work you will do in New Zealand towards your registration.

Your application for registration will then be placed on hold until you have completed the requirements outlined in your assessment letter.

If we decline your application you may still apply for registration at a later date, but there is no refund of the application fee.

Once you have completed the requirements for registration you just need to contact us with any required documents or references to complete your registration and issue a practising licence.

If you are an applicant who applied for registration prior to October 2021 you will need to apply for a practising licence and pay $250 at this point to be issued a PL. Once registered the option to apply for a PL will appear on your profile.

How long does it take?

How long does it take?

Once we have received your application:

  • Overseas applicants registration assessment
    • Up to 8 weeks if all required paperwork is submitted. Timing starts when the application is "complete".
  • Limited Certificates:
    • Overseas > 20 working days.
  • Completion of registration and issue of Practising Licence (PL):
    • Overseas applicants applying for a PL to complete registration (because you did not have the option to pay for a practising licence when you first applied) > 20 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 15 working days to arrive depending on your location. However if it has not arrived within 20 working days of your notification of completion then contact us.