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 16 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.

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

To become an Electrician (Endorsed Mining) you need to:

  • 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 – Electrician for Registration, or
    • New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply – Electrician.
  • Or alternatively complete the time based pathway, as outlined below; and
  • 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; and
  • 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 (Endorsed Mining), you must meet the following criteria:

Competence-based pathway

  • Completed an Electrician competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate.

OR

Time-based pathway

  • Passed the Electrician’s Theory examination
  • Passed the Electrician’s Regulations examination
  • Passed the Electrician’s practical 3 stage assessment
  • Completed approved safety training within the prescribed time frame, and
  • Completed 4 years training/experience in the work of a Distribution Line Mechanic which is approved as satisfactory to the Board.

Note – experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

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 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.

The next step is to prepare your application. This will need to include your relevant National or New Zealand Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway as well as references from a registered supervisor or employer. The reference must detail the actual electrical work appropriate for an Electrician (Endorsed Mining) you have undertaken. This should cover at least one year’s experience in a Mining Operation. If you are applying through the time based pathway, supply references covering 4 years’ experience that includes at least 1 year within a Mining Operation.

Read more 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.

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.

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

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 Distribution)
  • 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 Distribution Line Mechanic, you must meet the following criteria:

Competence-based pathway

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

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 - 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 or New Zealand Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway OR references from a registered supervisor or employer. The reference must detail the actual electrical work appropriate for a Distribution 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.

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

To become a Distribution Line Mechanic Endorsed you need to:

  • Complete an apprenticeship and one the following Level 4 qualifications:
    • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution)
    • New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution;

Or completed the following level 4 qualifications:

    • New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution; and
    • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Distribution Faultman); and
    • Board-approved capstone tests from the New Zealand Certificate I Electricity Supply in Fault Response and Switching.
  • Or alternatively complete the time based pathway, as outlined below; and
  • Complete a Board-approved Fault Response competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate I Electricity Supply in Fault Response and Switching; and
  • Be registered with us – the Electrical Workers Registration Board – and have a current practising licence.

Find out more about training providers

Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

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

Competence-based pathway

  • Completed a Distribution Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate
  • Completed a Board-approved Fault Response competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate I Electricity Supply in Fault Response and Switching.

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
  • Complete a Board-approved Fault Response competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate I 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

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

Before you apply has more 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

To become a Transmission Line Mechanic you need to:

  • Complete an apprenticeship and one the following Level 4 qualifications:
    • National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Transmission)
    • New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply in Transmission Line Maintenance.
  • 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.

Find out more about training providers

Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

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

Competence-based pathway

  • Completed a Transmission Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate.

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 – 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 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 or New Zealand Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway OR references from a registered supervisor or employer. The reference must detail the actual electrical work appropriate for a Transmission Line Mechanic you have undertaken if you are applying through the time-based pathway.

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

To become a Traction Line Mechanic you need to:

  • Complete a Board-approved Traction Line Mechanic competency-based training programme that incorporates a Traction Line Mechanic Qualification (Level 4).

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.

Find out more about training providers

Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

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

Competence-based pathway

  • Completed a Traction Line Mechanic competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate.

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 – experience must be obtained under a Limited Certificate.

Applying for registration and 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

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

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

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.

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

To become a Substation Maintainer you need to:

  • Complete a Board-approved Substation Maintainer competency-based training programme that incorporates the New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply Substation Maintenance (Level 4).

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.

Find out more about training providers

Applying for registration

Entitlement criteria

To be entitled to register as a Substation Maintainer, you must meet the following criteria:

Competence-based pathway

  • Completed a Substation Maintainer competence-based training programme and obtained the relevant approved National Certificate or New Zealand Certificate.

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 – 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 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 or New Zealand Certificate if applying through the competence-based pathway OR references from a registered supervisor or employer. The reference must detail the actual electrical work appropriate for a Substation Maintainer you have undertaken if you are applying through the time-based pathway.

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

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.

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 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 one of 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 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 Electrician regulatory written examination
  • Passed a Board approved Electrician practical examination or three stages of 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
  • Completed approved safety training within the prescribed timeframe
  • Passed a Board approved Electrician regulatory written examination
  • Passed a Board approved Electrician practical examination or three stages of 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 - 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. To demonstrate practical experience, applicants will need to include references from employer(s), detailing the actual prescribed electrical work appropriate for an Electrical Engineer the employee has undertaken.

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 a Board approved Electrical Inspector written examination
  • Passed a Board approved Electrical Inspector practical examination or assessment
  • Completed approved safety training within the timeframe
  • 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; or

Option 2

  • Passed a Board approved Electrical Inspector written examination;
  • Passed a Board approved Electrical Inspector practical examination or assessment; and
  • 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, and
  • Has completed not less than three years practical experience in carrying out prescribed electrical work that 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 employers(s), detailing the actual electrical work the employee has undertaken, covering the 3 years’ (6000 hours) post registration as a New Zealand electrician.

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.

Entitlement criteria

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.

Option 2

  • Have passed a Board approved Electrical Inspector written examination
  • Passed a Board approved Electrical Inspector practical examination or 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, and
  • Have adequate knowledge, training skills and experience that is satisfactory to the Board

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.

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 in a mining operation.

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:

  • Obtained registration as a plumber, gasfitter or plumber/gasfitter from the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB)
  • Passed a Board-approved Associated Tradesperson’s written theoretical examination (relevant to your PDGB licence)
  • Passed a Board-approved Associated Tradesperson’s practical examination or 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 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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