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. The time when you can renew a current licence will last 3 months, starting when you receive a notice from us by letter and/or email and ending shortly after your current licence expires.

To renew your licence, you will need:

  • a RealMe® login
  • 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. This is especially important if your employer will be renewing your licence for you – as they will not be able to renew it until your details are updated.
  • 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 bank (internet bank transfer through our payment portal).

You can also renew your license on paper [PDF, 568 KB]

Using RealMe

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

How to create a RealMe® login

You can use your RealMe® login from another agency or you can create one the first time you log in. You must have an email address and either provide a mobile number or have a smartphone or a tablet to create a RealMe® login.

Select 'login'. From the login screen, select ‘Create your RealMe login’.

You will be asked for an activation code which should be printed in the reminder letter sent to you by the Board, or contact us if you can’t find it.

Forgot your username or password

Remember that your RealMe® username and password are case-sensitive.

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.

See the list of Board approved training providers and courses

More information on Competence Programmes and the on-line modules

Photo ID

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

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

If you are submitting a photo, please make sure the photo is:

  • 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 feels it’s 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’s a 25% discount for electrical workers who purchase a photo (either printed or electronic) at a PostShop 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

With your employer’s agreement, you can choose to have your employer pay your practising licence fee. Your employer needs to be registered as an employer in our system, and recorded in your online profile.

How to set up your employer in your online profile

It’s important that you check your employer name is correct in your online profile. If you are listed as an employee of another company, your employer will not be able to add you to their list of employees.

  • Login to EWRB online services
  • Select 'My profile'
  • Select 'Employer details'
  • Look for them in the list of employers registered to pay practising licence fees

Employers looking to help their employees re-licence and pay in bulk

Download the system guide for employers

Download the Guide for employers helping employees re-licence

Download the Authority to accept Direct Debits

If you do not require a practising licence this year

You still need to complete the relicensing form, even if you do not require a practising licence this year. 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” because you are overseas or contact us to advise that you are going overseas so won’t need a licence. This will ensure that you will have no problems relicensing when you return.

When you return just contact us again to reapply 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 registration?

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

A view of what this looks like is below:

Registration/Licence invoice example screenshot.