Overseas qualifications / experience application

Use this form to submit an Overseas application for registration to the Board, or if you have questions about an application in progress.


  • This form cannot be saved. Assemble all required information before starting this internet application.
  • All information and supporting documents must be in English. Where documents have been translated a copy of the original should be included.
  • Attachments must be PDF or JPG format, maximum total size of all attachments 20MB.
  • Only one file can be uploaded per attachment action (below) so you may need to combine all references, for example, into one pdf file.
  • Payment by credit card is required for internet applications.
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Request type
1. Your details
2. Your application

Download and complete registration application form 1.4

For more information refer to the instructions on the application form or contact us. Please ensure:

  • You have answered the fit and proper person question. Read the Board’s rules for fit and proper persons
  • You have completed required Safety Training or Competence Programme in the last 2 years if applying to complete registration.
  • The credit card information section is completed.
3. Your photo (required for completion of registration only)

To ensure that every ID card is produced to a high standard, images submitted with your application must be:

  • a face, head and shoulders shot, looking directly at the camera and less than six months old
  • no sunglasses, or glasses with tinted lenses that obscure your eyes
  • 3:4 – width to height ratio, in full colour
  • between 50KB and 5MB in size (or printed image for paper applications).

The Board will also refuse photographs which are not of adequate quality or are composed in a way that is unsuitable for use on an ID card.

4. Passport page

The Board will require a certified copy of the personal identity page of your passport to confirm your identity. The witness must be a person authorised to witness a statutory declaration.

5. Recognised qualifications

The Board recognises many overseas qualifications that can entitle an electrician to exemptions from some registration requirements. If you are applying for electrician registration then please submit your overseas qualification for consideration and we will advise you if it is accepted for any exemption. You may be required to obtain an independent assessment of your qualification.

For those applying for Electrical Engineer registration, please ensure that you also submit a qualification assessment letter from NZQA or Engineering NZ.

Qualifications must be certified by a person authorised to witness statutory declarations.

6. Your employer references

The Board requires a written reference to establish that a person has sufficient experience in the registration class they are applying for. Please ensure that your referee includes details of the type of prescribed electrical work that you have done and indicates how long you worked doing that type of work. References should be dated, written on company letterhead.

If you are unable to source references with the required detail please see the previous page for alternatives.