Holders of an employer licence will be required to supply the Board annually with a certificate from an Approved Person which certifies that the employer licence holder is maintaining a system of operation that satisfies the legislative and licence requirements.
Requirements and conditions
Under section 115(3) the Board may impose any terms and conditions the Board thinks fit including restricting the types of prescribed electrical work that may be done under an employer licence and the location of work to be undertaken.
Applying for an employer licence
An electrical firm can complete an employer licence application form.
The application must identify the type of prescribed electrical work which will be undertaken and the locations where it will be undertaken. Any licence issued will be restricted to the types of work and locations applied for.
An application must be accompanied by:
- the prescribed fee of $2470
- the certificate provided for in section 116 of the Act showing compliance with regulation 95 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (“the Regulations’);
- a copy of the manual provided for in regulation 94 of the Regulations. The details of the names of every employee of the holder who is to carry out identified prescribed electrical work at the date of application. You may be asked by the Board from time to time to provide an updated list of staff covered by the licence;
- a copy of any report provided by the Approved Person as defined in regulation 96 of the Regulations who has provided the Certificate under section 116 of the Act; and
- a statement from the Approved Person certifying that the Manual is consistent with the limits on the types of prescribed electrical work and locations applied for in the application.
Issuing an employer licence
The Board will issue an employer licence to any person who meets the requirements specified in the Act, Regulations and associated Rules of the Board and policies.
The Board will, in considering any application and in issuing any employer licence, impose any terms and conditions it thinks fit. In particular, but without limiting the terms and conditions it may impose, the Board may restrict:
- the type of prescribed work to be undertaken; and/or
- the geographic areas in which the prescribed work is to be undertaken.
The Board holds the statutory authority to consider and approve employer licences. The Board may consult with the applicant or any other interested party in respect of an application and/or any terms and conditions it might impose prior to the Board issuing it.
If an employer licence holder disagrees with any term or condition imposed by the Board they may make submissions to the Board in writing or give notice to the Board that they wish to appear and be heard in respect of those terms and conditions.
Duration of an employer licence
An employer licence will be issued for an appropriate term at the discretion of the Board.
The Board’s policy is to issue employer licences for no more than 24 months on an initial application unless the applicant can show good reason why a longer period should be granted.
Holders of an employer licence will be required to supply the Board annually with a certificate from an approved person in accordance with section 116 which certifies that the employer licence holder is maintaining a system of operation that satisfies the requirements of regulation 94 of the Regulations.
The annual certificate is required to be provided to the Board within 30 days of the anniversary of the date the employer licence was issued and that certificate must have been issued by an approved person within the previous 90 days of being provided to the Board.
Change of manual
The Board must be notified, at the time of the annual certification provided for in clause 5 herein, of any changes to the manual provided for in regulation 95 of the Regulations other than any changes to the employees names under regulation 94(2)(b) and must provide a copy of the changes to the manual with the certification.
Renewal of an employer licence
Any application for renewal of an employer licence that meets the requirements of section 119 of the Act will be granted.
Renewed employer licences will be issued for an appropriate term at the discretion of the Board for a period up to 5 years.
In accordance with section 119(6) of the Act if an application for the renewal of an employer licence has been made but not dealt with before the licence expires, the licence continues in force until the application is dealt with by the Board, and any renewal in that case must take effect from the date on which the licence would (but for the renewal) have expired.
For the purposes of section 116(3) of the Act and Regulation 96 of the Regulations the Board maintains a list of ‘approved persons’ which are listed below.
An employer licence holder is subject to the Board’s Audit Policy and may, at any time, be audited in accordance with it.
Complaints and inspection
If a complaint is received against an employer licence holder it will be investigated and considered by the Board and appropriate penalties imposed by the Board if proven. Penalties can range to fines, suspension and cancellation of licence. The Board also have powers of inspection under section 123 of the Act.
List of approved persons
For the purposes of auditing employer licence holders and/or applicants, the Board has compiled the following list of approved persons who hold an appropriate audit qualification.
The following organisations/persons are authorised to certify systems of operation as required for employer licensing:
Aardvark Technologies Limited
PO Box 476
09 428 7367
23 Scotsman Valley Road
021 878 979
Integrated Business Improvement Systems Limited
366 Tukairangi Road
07 377 4737
SGS NZ Limited
PO Box 13518
09 634 2593
Stew Foster & Associates
07 843 6121
Private Bag 28901
0800 004 004
Electricity Act 1992 sections 115-123
Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010 sections 94-96