Training, qualifications and requirements

There are 16 classes of registration for electrical worker roles. Each has different training and registration requirements to entitle you to become a licensed electrical worker.

Competence-based training

For competence-based training, you need to complete an apprenticeship through one of the Board recognised industry training organisations below:

  • Competenz
  • Connexis
  • Skills

If one of their sponsored qualifications is recognised for registration it will be stated below under the associated class.

Time-based training

For time-based training, you need to pass the appropriate theory exam or exams, complete the appropriate practical assessment and demonstrate sufficient electrical work experience for the registration class sought.

The details, training and qualifications required to register in each class are detailed below.

You must complete your time-based coursework through a Board Approved Training Provider.

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Electricians

Install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrician is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrician you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

Complete an apprenticeship and gain a

  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Electrician for Registration (Level 4), or
  • National Certificate in Electricity Supply – Electrician (Level 4), or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Trade (Level 4) with strands in General Electrical, and Electricity Supply

OR

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Electricians’ Theory coursework and written examination
  • passed the Electricians’ Regulations coursework and written examination
  • completed the Electricians’ three stage practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 4 years’ practical training/experience in the work of an Electrician which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application.

Electrician (Endorsed Mining)

Install, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment within a Mining Operation. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrician (Endorsed Mining) is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrician (Endorsed Mining) you must complete the following requirements:To become an Electrician (Endorsed Mining) you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

Complete an apprenticeship and gain one of the following Level 4 qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Electrician for Registration, or
  • National Certificate in Electricity Supply – Electrician, or
  • New Zealand Certificate In Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Trade (Level 4) with strands in General Electrical, and Electricity Supply

OR

Time-based pathway

  • Passed the Electricians’ Theory coursework and examination
  • Passed the Electricians’ Regulations coursework and examination
  • Passed the Electricians’ three stage practical assessment
  • Completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • Completed 4 years training/experience in the work of an electrician which is approved as satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate

For both pathways you must also show that you have knowledge, training, skills and experience satisfactory to the Board of;

  • the control of earth potential rise
  • the use of relocatable mining equipment
  • the performance of safety functions required for mining activities and mining electrical equipment, and
  • risk management.

Applying for registration and practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application and work history statements.

Electrical Installers

Registration enables a person holding this registration to safely break into existing circuits, and install new circuits for relevant equipment. It entitles the servicing, repair, and maintenance of the control unit and the relevant appliance. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Installer is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

Time-based pathway

To become an Electrical Installer, you must complete the following requirements:

  • passed the Electrical Installers’ Theory coursework and written examination
  • passed the Electricians’ Regulations coursework and written examination
  • completed the Electricians’ three stage practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 2 years practical training/experience in the work of an Electrical Installer, which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application and references.

Electrical Service Technicians

Work includes servicing commercial refrigeration units and maintaining 3-phase electrical equipment. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Service Technician is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

Time-based training

  • To become an Electrical Service Technician, you must complete the following requirements:
  • passed the Electrical Service Technicians’ coursework and written examination
  • passed the Electrical Service Technicians’ practical assessment
  • completed a safety training course including safe working practices, testing, basic first aid and CPR, and
  • completed 18 months practical training/experience as an Electrical Service Technician which must include at least 6 months training/experience on multi-phase appliances or fittings and experience disconnecting/reconnecting from a power supply.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application,  work history statements and references.

Electrical Appliance Servicepersons

Maintain appliances and work ranges from repairing a household appliance to maintaining gaming machines. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson, you must complete the following requirements:

  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons’ coursework and written examination
  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons’ practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 18 months practical training/experience in the work of an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application and work history statements.

Electrical Appliance Serviceperson - endorsed to disconnect and reconnect

Maintain appliances and work ranges from repairing a household appliance to maintaining gaming machines and are permitted to disconnect these appliances from permanent connection units. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (endorsed) is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson –endorsed to disconnect and reconnect, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • have completed the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Appliance and Electronic Servicing) - level 3, OR
  • have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Electrotechnology (level 3) (service strand only)

OR

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons (endorsed) coursework and written examination
  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons (endorsed) practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 18 months practical training/experience in the work of an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (endorsed to disconnect and reconnect) which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application.

Distribution Line Mechanic

Install, repair and maintain overhead and underground lines. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Distribution Line Mechanic is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Distribution Line Mechanic, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete a Distribution Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply Line Mechanic Distribution (Level 4).

OR

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Distribution Line Mechanic written examination
  • passed the Distribution Line Mechanic practical examination or practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 24 months training/experience in the work of a Distribution Line Mechanic which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application and references.

Distribution Line Mechanic (Endorsed)

Install, repair and maintain overhead and underground lines. You may also do limited work in relation to restoration of supply to an installation. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Distribution Line Mechanic (endorsed) is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Distribution Line Mechanic (Endorsed), you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete a Distribution Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate, and
  • complete a Board–approved Fault Response competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply in Fault Response and Switching (Level 4).

Or

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Distribution Line Mechanic written examination, and
  • passed the Distribution Line Mechanic practical examination or practical assessment, and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 24 months training/experience in the work of a Distribution Line Mechanic which is satisfactory to the Board, and
  • completed a Board-approved Fault Response competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply in Fault Response and Switching.

NOTE: Experience can be be obtained under a Limited Certificate

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications and meet the above criteria, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Transmission Line Mechanic

Install, repair and maintain overhead transmission lines. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Transmission Line Mechanic is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Transmission Line Mechanic, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete a Transmission Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply in Transmission Line Maintenance (Level 4).

Or

Time-based pathway

  • passed a Board approved capstone written examination
  • passed a Board approved capstone practical examination or practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 24 months training/experience in the work of a Transmission Line Mechanic which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE:  New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Traction Line Mechanic

Install, repair and maintain overhead lines used in railway systems, tramways and for trolley buses. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Traction Line Mechanic is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Traction Line Mechanic, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete a Traction Line Mechanic competence–based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate that incorporates a Traction Line Mechanic Qualification (Level 4).

Or

Time-based pathway

  • passed a Board approved capstone written examination
  • passed a Board approved capstone practical examination or practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 24 months training/experience in the work of a Traction Line Mechanic which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Cable Jointers

Work involves installing and joining high voltage power lines. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Cable Jointer is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Cable Jointer, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete a Connexis National Certificate Cable Jointing (old qualifications still valid) or New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply (Cable Jointer – Level 3) (High Voltage – Level 4), or
  • approved National or New Zealand Certificate holders produce the relevant Certificate as confirmation that the relevant coursework, examinations and experience have been completed.

Or

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Cable Jointers’ written examination
  • passed the Cable Jointers’ practical examination or practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 24 months training/ experience in the work of a Cable Jointer which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Substation Maintainer

Install, repair and maintain conductors and fittings within a substation. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Substation Maintainer is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become a Substation Maintainer, you must complete the following requirements:

Competence-based pathway

  • completed a Substation Maintainer competence–based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply Substation Maintenance (Level 4).

Or

Time-based pathway

  • passed a Board approved capstone written examination
  • passed a Board approved capstone practical examination or practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • completed 36 months training/experience in the work of a Substation Maintainer which is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Electrical Engineers

Specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that produce, distribute and/or use electricity. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Engineer is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

Under Section 74 of the Electricity Act 1992, registration as an Electrical Engineer is required for any persons with relevant engineering qualifications, who wishes to undertake prescribed electrical work.

To become an Electrical Engineer, you must complete the following requirements:

Time-based pathway

Option 1

  • immediately prior to the promulgation of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 was a Qualified Engineer under the Electricity Act 1992 or a Chartered Professional Engineer with the same or substantially similar practical experience as a Qualified Engineer
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame
    passed a Board approved Electricians’ Regulations coursework and written examination
  • passed a Board approved Electricians’ three stage practical assessments, and
  • completed not less than one year of practical experience in carrying out prescribed electrical work that is satisfactory to the Board.

OR

Option 2

  • holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) qualification or a National Diploma in Engineering (Electrotechnology) (Level 6), or New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Electrical); OR
  • an equivalent qualification as determined by either the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

AND

  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed timeframe
  • passed a Board approved Electricians’ Regulations coursework and written examination
  • passed a Board approved Electricians’ three stage practical assessments, and
  • completed not less than one year of practical experience in carrying out prescribed electrical work that is satisfactory to the Board.

NOTE: New Zealand experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence. If your Electrical Engineering degree or diploma is from overseas please also supply an evaluation from either Engineering New Zealand or NZQA to confirm the equivalency of your qualification.

Before you apply has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Electrical Inspectors

Work ranges from inspecting the work done by Electricians to doing the work of an Electrician. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Inspector is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrical Inspector, you must complete the following requirements:

  • passed a Board approved Electrical Inspectors’ coursework and written examination
  • passed a Board approved Electrical Inspectors’ practical assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the timeframe, and
  • been registered as an Electrician for not less than three years; and completed not less than three years practical experience in carrying out prescribed electrical work that is satisfactory to the Board;

Applying for a registration upgrade

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above requirements, you may be ready to apply for registration to upgrade to Inspector.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application and references.

Electrical Inspectors (Endorsed Mining)

Work involves post registration experience as an Electrician in a mining operation. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Electrical Inspector (Endorsed Mining) is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

To become an Electrical Inspector (Endorsed Mining), you must complete the following requirements:

Option 1

  • been registered as an Electrical Inspector
  • have completed not less than one year of practical experience in a Mining Operation or substantially similar practical experience satisfactory to the Board, and
  • have adequate knowledge, training skills and experience that is satisfactory to the Board;

OR

Option 2

  • have passed a Board approved Electrical Inspectors’ coursework and written examination
  • passed a Board approved Electrical Inspectors’ practical assessment
  • been registered as an Electrician for not less than three years and completed not less than three years of practical experience in a Mining Operation or substantially similar practical experience satisfactory to the Board.

For both pathways you must also show that you have adequate knowledge, training, skills and experience satisfactory to the Board of;

  • the control of earth potential rise
  • the use of relocatable mining equipment
  • the performance of safety functions required for mining activities and mining electrical equipment, and
  • risk management.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you meet the above criteria, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Before you apply has information about preparing your application and references.

Associated Tradesperson

Are registered plumber and/or gasfitters that can service and maintain 250v electrical equipment related to water heating, waste disposals units and water pressure devices. Our limits of work detail the types of work an Associated Tradesperson is permitted to carry out.

Requirements for registration

Under Section 74 of the Electricity Act 1992, registration as an Associated Tradesperson is required for any persons with relevant plumber/gasfitter registration who wishes to undertake prescribed electrical work.

To become an Associated Tradesperson you must complete the following requirements:

Time-based pathway

  • obtained registration as a certifying or tradesperson plumber, gasfitter or plumber/gasfitter from the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB)
  • passed a Board-approved Associated Tradespersons’ coursework and written examination (relevant to your PDGB licence)
  • passed a Board-approved Associated Tradespersons’ practical assessment (relevant to your PDGB licence), and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

If you have completed your qualifications, and the above qualifications, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

Our Before you apply page has more information on preparing your application and reference requirement.

Ensure that you include a certified copy of your current Plumber/Gasfitter licence.