Training, qualifications and requirements

Training, qualifications and requirements

Find out what qualifications you need and the registration requirements for working in your chosen electrical career.

There are 10 classes of registration for electrical worker roles. Each has different training and registration requirements to entitle you to become a licensed electrical worker.

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

To become an electrician you need to:

  • 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).

  • alternatively complete the requirements of the time-based pathway, outlined below:
    • be registered with us – The Electrical Workers Registration Board – and have a current practising licence. This requires you to complete and pass examinations for the Electrician class of registration.

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Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an electrician, you must meet the following criteria:

Competence-based pathway

  • complete an Electrician competence-based training programme and obtain the relevant approved National Certificate.

OR

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Electricians’ theoretical written examination
  • passed the Electricians’ regulations written examination
  • completed the Electricians’ practical 3 stage 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 meet the above entitlement criteria, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include your relevant National Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway or employer references covering 4 years (8,000 hours) of electrical work appropriate for an electrician if you are applying through the time-based pathway.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application.

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Service Technician, you must meet the following criteria:

  • passed the Electrical Service Technician written examination
  • passed the Electrical Service Technician practical assessments
  • completed a safety training course including safe working practices, testing, basic first aid and CPR
  • 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 meet the above entitlement criteria, you may be ready to apply for registration and your practising licence.

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include a work-history statement from your employer(s), providing precise details of your electrical work experience appropriate for an Electrical Service Technician.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application, work, 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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson, you must meet the following criteria:

  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons’ written theoretical examination; and
  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons’ practical assessments; and
  • 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 - experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include a work-history statement from your employer(s), providing precise details of your electrical work experience appropriate for an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson.

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson –endorsed to disconnect and reconnect, you must meet the following criteria:

  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons (endorsed) written theoretical examination
  • passed the Electrical Appliance Servicepersons (endorsed) practical assessments
  • 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 - experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include a copy of your National Certificate or a reference from your employer(s) providing precise details of your electrical work experience appropriate for an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (endorsed) and have up-to-date safety training.

Before you apply has more information about preparing your application.

Line Mechanics

Install, repair and maintain overhead and underground lines. Work ranges from installing high voltage transmission lines to repairing the overhead or underground power lines to restore power after natural disasters such as earthquakes and big weather events. Our limits of work detail the types of work a Line Mechanic is permitted to carry out.

Requirements

To become a Line Mechanic you need to:

  • complete an apprenticeship and one of the following Level 4 qualifications:
    • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution)
    • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission)
  • or alternatively complete the time-based pathway, as outlined below; and
  • be registered with us – The Electrical Workers Registration Board – and have a current practising licence.

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Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as a Line Mechanic, you must meet the following criteria:

Competence-based pathway

  • completed a Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate.

OR

Time-based pathway

  • passed the Line Mechanic written examination
  • passed the 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 Line Mechanic which is satisfactory to the Board.

Note - experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include your relevant National Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway and references from a registered supervisor or employer detailing the actual electrical work appropriate for a Line Mechanic you have undertaken if you are applying through the time-based pathway.

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

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

Registration as a Line Mechanic will entitle the holder to undertake Cable Jointing of cables associated with appropriate electric lines.

It is also possible to obtain a Cable Jointer registration, where the work experience that has been obtained is primarily in that area alone. This registration will not entitle you to undertake prescribed electrical work outside the jointing of cables.

The coursework and examination requirement is primarily the same as for Line Mechanics registration. However providers are entitled to cover only those aspects relevant to cable jointing.

24 months of relevant work experience in the jointing of electrical cables is required, which, if obtained within New Zealand, has to be obtained assisting a licensed supervisor.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as a Cable Jointer, you must meet the following criteria:

Connexis National Certificate Cable Jointing

Approved National Certificate holders produce the relevant National Certificate as confirmation that the relevant coursework, examinations and experience have been completed. In addition, relevant safety training must also have been completed within the directed time frame.

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 - experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. Find out more about preparing your application and references on before you apply.

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Installer, you must meet the following criteria:

  • passed the Electrical Installers’ Theory written examination
  • passed the Electricians’ Regulations written examination
  • completed the Electricians’ practical three stage assessment or passed the practical examination (if available)
  • 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.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include references from an employer(s) detailing the actual electrical work appropriate for an Electrical Installer you have undertaken and covering the two years’ (4,000 hours) period if you are applying through the time-based pathway.

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

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

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Engineer, you must meet the following criteria:

Option 1

  • immediately prior to the promulgation of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 was a Qualified Engineer under the Electricity Act 1992; and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

Option 2

  • holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) qualification
  • passed the Electricians’ regulations written examination
  • completed the Electricians’ practical three stage assessment or passed the practical examination (if available);, and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

Option 3

  • holds a National Diploma in Engineering (Electro technology) Level 6, or New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Electrical)
  • passed the Electricians’ regulations written examination
  • passed the Electricians’ practical examination (if available) or 3 stage assessments
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame; and
  • completed 3 years’ practical experience which is satisfactory to the Board.

Note - experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. For applicants applying under Option 3, this will need to include references from employer(s), detailing the actual prescribed electrical work appropriate for an Electrical Engineer the employee has undertaken, covering the 3 years’ (6,000 hours) period.

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Electrical Inspector, you must meet the following criteria:

Option 1

  • passed the Electrical Inspector written examination
  • passed the Electrical Inspector practical examination or assessment
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • been registered as an Electrician for not less than 3 years and completed 3 years practical experience which is satisfactory to the Board.

Option 2

  • had the status of Qualified Engineer under the Electricity Act 1992 for not less than 3 years and completed 3 years practical experience which is satisfactory to the Board, and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

Option 3

  • been registered as an Electrical Engineer for not less than 3 years and completed 3 years practical experience which is satisfactory to the Board, and
  • completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include references from employer(s), detailing the actual electrical work the employee has undertaken, covering the 3 years’ (6,000 hours) post registration as a New Zealand electrician.

Before you apply has more 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

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.

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as an Associated Tradesperson you must have:

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

Applying for registration and your practising licence

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

The next step is to prepare your application. Find out more about preparing your application before you apply. Ensure that you include a certified copy of your current Plumber/Gasfitter licence.

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