Competence programme for electrical workers

As a licensed electrical worker, you must complete a competence programme to refresh your knowledge and assess your competence every 2 years. You’ll need to do this before you can renew your practising licence.

All registered electrical workers must hold a practising licence to carry out prescribed electrical work. You need to renew your licence every two years. Before you can do this, you need to complete the competency programme (if your last programme was over two years ago).

How it works

You’ll need to enrol in a competency course with a provider of your choice, who runs a course that’s relevant to your class of registration. We recommend you book in early to make sure you get a place in the course you want to attend.

Competence Programme changes CPR requirements

Competence Programme Providers need to ensure they cover cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council requirements.

These have been updated, read more detail.

You'll need to complete two e-learning modules before attending a course in person. You can either:

  • wait for the provider to send you a link to the modules when you enrol with them, or
  • log in to the learning site to complete the modules at any time before you attend a course. This site is run by a third party and can’t be accessed through our ewrb (Realme) portal.

Log in to the learning site(external link)

Guide to completing the e-learning modules [PDF, 98 KB]

Make sure you complete the modules and print out a completion certificate before you attend the course in person. You’ll have to take the certificate to with you when you go — your provider will use it to confirm that you’ve successfully completed the full programme.

When you attend the course in person, you’ll:

  • get a basic first aid and CPR refresher
  • be given an update on any relevant current electrical issues by the facilitator
  • complete a written assessment, made up of 10 questions. This is 'open book' — you can take reference material in with you to use during the assessment
  • do a practical testing exercise.

If you have recently done a Red Cross or St Johns revalidation course of 6401 and 6402 (for workplace requirements) you can ask to have your CP Provider exempt you from their First Aid and CPR session but you must meet these criteria:

  • The revalidation course must occur within 3 months of the date of the CP course
  • You can provide evidence of one of the above courses that satisfies your CP Provider.
  • You have checked with your CP Provider that they will exempt you with the right evidence.

They will then upload the full CP course completion.

Next steps

Once you’ve completed (and passed) the competence programme, your provider will update your details in the EWRB portal. When you apply to renew your practising licence, we’ll already have confirmation that you’ve met your competency obligations and you are eligible to renew.

Renew your practising licence