All registered electrical workers must hold a practising licence to carry out prescribed electrical work. You are required to renew your licence every 2 years. You have 3 months to renew your licence between the time you receive a re-licensing letter or email notice from us and the expiration of your licence. Your licence will expire if you haven’t relicensed during this time.

To renew your licence, you will need:

  • a Google ID , Microsoft ID or RealMe® ID for login purposes
  • up-to-date competency training
  • a photo, if this is your first time applying for a licence, or if you want to change the photo currently on your card
  • to check that your details (e.g. address, employer) are up-to-date on the register. Your details MUST be up to date so that your new licence card reaches you.
  • Payment of $250 for two years

The fastest and cheapest way to renew your practising licence is to do it online. You can pay for your licence renewal by credit or debit card, or through Account2Account banking (internet bank transfer through our payment portal).

You can also renew your license on paper [PDF, 240 KB]

Logging in options

You can use an existing ID with either Microsoft or Google.

The RealMe® login service is a secure service used by many government agencies and other organisations, and may also be used.

Once you log-in to the new Portal using one of the above options this is your selected option for all future logins.

Forgot your username or password?

To retrieve your username or password, go to ‘Login’ and select ‘Forgot Username' or 'Forgot Password’ from the login screen and follow the steps.

Competency training

To renew your practising licence, you must have passed a Board approved competency training programme. The course you attend must be relevant to the class of registration you hold, and must be current before you are able to renew your practising licence.

Book your training today to ensure you have completed a key part of your licensing requirements. You can find available courses and book through your EWRB portal.

See the list of Board approved training providers and courses

Competence Management

When you login to your EWRB Portal click on the “Your learning” tab and this will take you to your Competence Management Dashboard. Your dashboard tells you when your current Competence Programme is due to expire and will also allow you to search for and book new courses that are happening in your area.

More information on Competence Programmes and your Competence Management.

Photo ID

You don’t need to upload a new photo when you relicense.

You only need to submit a photo for your ID the first time you are applying for a licence, or if you want to change the photo that is currently on your licence.

If you are submitting a photo, it must be:

  • Less than 6 months old
  • A face, head and shoulders shot, looking directly at the camera
  • Without 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 in JPEG or JPG type (or printed image for paper applications).

If your photo does not meet these requirements, or if the Board believes it is unsuitable for use on an ID card, they may refuse the photo.

To help make sure you have a suitable photo, we encourage you to have your photo taken at your nearest PostShop. There is a 25% discount for electrical workers who purchase a photo (either printed or electronic) at a Post Shop store.

Photos are required to make it easier to identify you as a legitimate electrical worker. You can also choose to have your photo available on the public register, which will help protect both you and the consumer.

Employer payments

Employer payments are no longer possible unless you have the use of a company credit card. Our new EWRB Portal is not accessible by employers, only individuals and Training Providers.

If you do not require a practising licence this year

You must complete the relicensing form, even if you do not require a practising licence this year. To do this, simply:

  • check your personal details are correct, and
  • click 'no practising licence required' in the practising licence section.

Going overseas and keeping your licence active or putting it on hold

If you are going overseas for an extended period and will miss the renewal date of your current licence you should let us know.

Keeping a NZ practising licence active while overseas can be problematic, as an EWRB competence programme must be completed to keep your safety training up-to-date before renewing. No other safety training is an acceptable alternative.

To let us know you are going overseas, you can either go to the online renewal form and click on “no practising licence required” or contact us to advise that you are going overseas and won’t need a licence. This will ensure that you have no problems relicensing when you return.

When you return, just login to apply for a practising licence, after completing a NZ competence programme, or send in a practising licence application form. Your new licence will be for 2 years from that date rather than your old anniversary date.

Invoice copies

Did you know you can print your invoice once you have paid for your licence?

To do this, click on the ‘Invoices’ link from the menu on the right-hand side of the screen, and you can view all available invoices.