South Africa

South Africa

Recognition of South Africa's qualifications and experience.

1. Electrician Registration

1.1 National Trade Test Certificate

1.1.1 Description

(a) Since 1985, an apprentice has been required to obtain this certificate to gain skilled status.

(b) This certificate is evidence of any of the following:

(i) The successful completion of an apprenticeship registered under the South African Department of Manpower Apprenticeship Act, commenced between 1985 and 1991.

(ii) The successful completion of an apprenticeship under the auspices of the South African Department of Labour (formerly the Department of Manpower), commenced after 1991.

(iii) Recognition of informal training and experience criteria by an Industry Training Board (ITB) under section 28 of the National Manpower Act and the completion of bridging training provided by that ITB.

(c) Prior to 1991, the tests to be passed to gain the certificate were conducted and certificates issued by the Central Organisation for Trades Testing (COTT). Since 1991, COTT has set the standards and have authorised ITBs to conduct the test and issue the certificates. The ITBs are:

(i) Transnet Training Board.

(ii) Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa.

(iii) Metals and Engineering Industries Education Training Board.

(d) All certificates must have the following information:

(i) A red seal at the bottom.

(ii) The signature of the Registrar of the South African Department of Labour (or Manpower depending on the date of issue).

(iii) The section of the Manpower Training Act 1981 under which the candidate was assessed (section 13 for apprentices or section 28 for informal training).

(iv) The candidates name, identity document number and the trade classification of electrician.

1.1.2 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This certificate:

(a) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.

(b) Is evidence of the completion of an apprenticeship and/or informal training and experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

(c) Is evidence of the completion of 4 years work experience where the period of the apprenticeship or training was 4 or more years.

1.1.3 Registration Requirements

The holder of this certificate must:

(a) Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.

(b) Pass the regulations examination.

(c) Where:

(i) The apprenticeship was less than 4 years duration, have documents that together with the National Trade Test Certificate show, at least, 4 years work experience on (the equivalent of)
prescribed electrical work.

(ii) The National Trade Test Certificate was obtained through informal training and experience, have documents that show, at least, 4 years work experience on (the equivalent of) prescribed electrical work. This experience must be in addition to any training.

(d) Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.2 Wiremans Licences

     Licences are issued by the Department of Labour under the Electrical Installation Regulations 1992 (made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993). Under those regulations, every user of an electrical installation must have a valid certificate of compliance for that installation. A certificate of compliance must be issued by an accredited person - a person who holds a wiremans licence. The 3 types of licence are “electrical tester for single phase”, “installation electrician” and “master installation electrician”.

1.3 Electrical Tester for Single Phase Licence

1.3.1 Description

An electrical tester for single phase must have one of the following:

(a) Passed a trade test that qualifies them as an electrician (construction) and five years experience in electrical installation work (can include apprenticeship).

(b) Passed a recognised trade test other than the N2, passed the Installation Rules subject at a technical college and five years experience in electrical installation work (can include apprenticeship).

(c) Have a certificate of recommendation from the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and five years experience in electrical installation work.

1.3.2 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This licence:

(a) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.

(b) Is evidence of the completion of 4 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.3.3 Registration Requirements

The holder of this licence must:

(a) Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.

(b) Pass the regulations examination.

(c) Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.4 *Installation Electrician Licence

* Listed in Schedule 6 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.4.1 Description

An installation electrician must have:

(a) One of the following:

(i) A N2 certificate with a pass in electrical trade theory or electricians mathematics and any two of the following subjects; electronics, applied science or technical drawing.

(ii) A N3 certificate with a pass in mathematics N2 and at least one of the following subjects; electricians SG (St 10), electrical trade theory N3 or electrotechnology N3.

(iii) National Senior Certificate with mathematics, technical electrical technical drawing or similar subject and one of the following; electricians SG (St 10), electrical trade theory N3 or electrotechnology N3, electrotechnics N4 or higher, principles of electricity T1 or higher, electrical engineering T1 or higher or electrical power and control T1 or higher.

(b) Passed the prescribed test under the Manpower Training Act 1981 for the trade of electrician, electrician (engineering), electrician construction or millwright (electro-mechanical).

(c) Passed the subject “Installation Rules” (based on the South African Bureau of Standard “Code of Practice for the Wiring of Premises - SACS 0142.

1.4.2 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This licence:

(a) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.

(b) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination requirements.

(c) Is evidence of the completion of 4 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

(d) Exempts the holder from the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.4.3 Registration requirements

The holder of this licence must pass the regulations examination

Note: Where the holder requires a practising licence, they must complete the requirements detailed in section 4.9, Part I.

1.5 Master Installation Electrician Licence

1.5.1 Description

A master electrician must have:

(a) Two years experience after registration as an installation electrician.

(b) A N3 Certificate (must include electrical trade theory).

(c) Passed the subject “Specialised Electrical Installation Codes” based on ASBS 05, 086, 089, and 0108.

1.5.2 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This licence:

(a) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.

(b) Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination requirements.

(c) Is evidence of the completion of 4 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

(d) Exempts the holder from the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.5.3 Registration requirements

The holder of this licence must pass the regulations examination.

Note: Where the holder requires a practising licence, they must complete the requirements detailed in section 4.9, Part I.

1.6 Apprentice Contract Completion Documents (pre 1985)

1.6.1 Description

These documents, endorsed with the words electrician, must show the successful completion of an apprenticeship, commenced prior to 1985, registered under the South African Department of Manpower Apprenticeship Act.

1.6.2 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

These documents exempt the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.

1.6.3 Registration Requirements

The holder of these documents must:

(a) Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.

(b) Pass the regulations examination.

(c) Have documents that together with the Apprenticeship documents show, at least, 4 years work experience that incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

(d) Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.