Apply for a Limited Certificate

Apply for a Limited Certificate

How to apply for a Limited Certificate or Provisional Licence for applicants who trained in New Zealand.

You will need a Limited Certificates if you are in one of the following situations:

  • you want to work while you are training
  • you need to complete certain examinations or work experience prior to registration, and wish to work while achieving those.

Limited Certificates

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Complete an application form

If you are a trainee, please complete this application form:

If you need to complete additional training, certain examinations or work experience to gain registration, please complete this application form:


Please ensure that the application form is fully completed. Applications will not be processed unless the form is fully completed.

2. Provide supporting information

Along with your application, you need to provide:

  • a signed declaration, within the application form, from the registered and licensed person who will supervise you as you carry out prescribed electrical work;
  • details on safety training completed, including Safe Work Practices, Testing, First Aid and/or CPR; and
  • if you belong to an Industry training organisation (ESITO, ETITO, Competenz) your Training Identification Number.

3. Submit your application and pay the fee

It is quick and easy to submit applications to become a licensed electrical worker via internet. Applications mailed to the Board’s postal address take longer to receive and process.


Internet application – trainee limited certificate

Click this button and attach your documents to submit an application for a trainee limited certificate via internet.

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Internet application – limited certificate

Click this button and attach your documents to submit an application for a limited certificate via internet

Apply now

Alternatively applications and supporting documents can be mailed to:

Electrical Workers Registration Board
PO Box 10156
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please do not courier applications as this may delay processing. Applications via fax or email are not accepted.

4. Next steps

Processing and issuing of a trainee Limited Certificate card will take up to 10 working days.

If your application is successful, you will receive:

  • a letter explaining what to do to get registered and licensed, if you are exempted from any requirements, and what further requirements you need to meet
  • your Limited Certificate card, with the obligation to complete the directed coursework and examinations during its currency

If only some of your experience is suitable, we may still offer you a Limited Certificate, with the condition that you complete the remaining requirements in New Zealand.

Completing safety training

To keep your Limited Certificate, you must complete approved safety training, covering safe working practices, testing, CPR and basic first aid, within three months of applying for your Limited Certificate.

If you don’t do this training in time, your Limited Certificate becomes invalid. As safety training does not happen regularly (especially in some areas), we recommend you check the list of training providers to plan the timing of your training.

Provisional Licences

Some applicants may also get the opportunity to have a Provisional Licence which enables a person to work without supervision but limits that work.

  • a holder of a Provisional Licence cannot certify their work, nor supervise others
  • a Provisional Licence is only issued for up to 6 months while the holder completes outstanding registration requirements.

The Board will advise you when applying for registration if an applicant is eligible to apply for a Provisional Licence.

Apply for a provisional licence

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