Electrician (General) and Electrician (Special Class)

If you are applying for a skills assessment under the 457 Skills Assessment Program, the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) or Trades Recognition Service (TRS) in the licenced occupations of Electrician (General) or Electrician (Special Class), you will be required to apply for a skills assessment through a Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) approved registered training organisation (RTO). If successful, you will be issued with an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR).

An OTSR holder is eligible to apply for a provisional licence, registration or certificate with Australian state and territory licensing authorities. This will allow you to work as an Electrician (General) or Electrician (Special Class) under supervision whilst completing Australian context gap training.

An OTSR holder is also eligible to apply for temporary and permanent migration with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

IMPORTANT: Each state and territory has different requirements in relation to Australian context gap training for the licensed occupations Electrician (General) and Electrician (Special Class). For further information on Australian context gap training in the state or territory in which you are planning to work, please click on the relevant link below.

Collapsed - Australian Capital Territory

To apply for an Unrestricted Permit Electrotechnology Systems, OTSR holders wishing to work in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) must contact Access Canberra who is the regulator responsible for issuing ACT electrical licences.

Holders of an Unrestricted Permit Electrotechnology Systems must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full unrestricted Electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, and;
  • include a letter of need fro the applicant's employer stating:
    i) the principal trade to which the incidental electrical work applies, and;
    ii) the need for the restricted electrical permit or licence in that trade.
    For permits, the letter must include the name and licence number of the person who will be supervising their work.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for an unrestricted electrical licence.

For more specific information about electrical licences in the ACT, please contact Access Canberra.

Access Canberra
T: 02 6207 8096
E: cwpl@act.gov.au
W: Access Canberra

Collapsed - New South Wales

To apply for a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate, OTSR holders wishing to work in New South Wales (NSW) must contact New South Wales Fair Trading, who is the regulator responsible for issuing NSW electrical licences.

Holders of a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence or qualified supervisor's certificate for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician and obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency through the NSW Vocational Training Review Panel, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

Applicants should refer to the Licence classes and qualifications page for Electricians in order to view the full requirements to obtain a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate.

For specific information about electrical licences in NSW please contact NSW Fair Trading.

Fair Trading
T: 13 32 20
E: HBLicensing@finance.nsw.gov.au
W: NSW Fair Trading

Collapsed - Northern Territory

To apply for a Permit to Work Under Supervision, OTSR holders wishing to work in the Northern Territory (NT) must contact the Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board, who is the regulator responsible for issuing NT electrical licences.

Holders of a Permit to Work Under Supervision must:

  •  enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

 On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For specific information about electrical licences in the Northern Territory please contact the Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board.

Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board
T: 08 8936 4079
E: Electrical.licensing@nt.gov.au
W: Electrical Workers and Contractors Licensing Board

Collapsed - Queensland

To apply for an Electrical Work Licence/Permit (Other than Apprentice), OTSR holders wishing to work in Queensland must contact the Electrical Safety Office, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Queensland electrical licences.

Holders of an Electrical Work Licence/Permit (Other than Apprentice) must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training. The gap training must be undertaken with an approved Queensland RTO;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months. Any work undertaken must be recorded in a worker's log book, and;
  • complete a structured training program co-ordinated by a Queensland RTO.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For more specific information about electrical licences in Queensland, please contact the Electrical Safety Office.

Electrical Safety Office
T: 1300 632 993
E: Licensing.ProcessingServices@justice.qld.gov.au
W: Electrical Safety Office

Collapsed - South Australia

To apply for a Restricted Electrical Worker Registration, OTSR holders wishing to work in South Australia (SA) must contact Consumer and Business Services South Australia, who is the regulator responsible for issuing SA electrical licences and registrations.

Holders of a Restricted Registration must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's registration.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical registration.

For specific information about electrical licences and registrations in South Australia, please contact Consumer and Business Services South Australia or visit their website.

Consumer and Business Services South Australia
T: 131 882
E: occupational@sa.gov.au
W: CBS SA

Collapsed - Tasmania

To apply for a Provisional Licence, OTSR holders wishing to work in Tasmania must contact the Tasmanian Government Department of Justice, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Tasmanian electrical licences.

Holders of a Provisional Licence must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training through TasTAFE, and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence (Electrical Practitioner Licence).

For specific information about electrical licences in Tasmania, please contact the Tasmanian Government Department of Justice.

Tasmanian Government Department of Justice
T: 1300 654 499
E: cbosinfo@justice.tas.gov.au
W: Department of Justice

Collapsed - Victoria

To apply for a Supervised Workers Licence, OTSR holders wishing to work in Victoria must contact Energy Safe Victoria, who is the regulator responsible for issuing Victorian electrical licences.

Holders of a Supervised Workers Licence must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, and;
  • successfully complete the Licensed Electricians Theory (LET) and Licensed Electricians Practical (LEP) assessments.  

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician and the completion of the LET and LEP licensing assessments, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For specific information about electrical licences in Victoria, please contact Energy Safe Victoria.

Energy Safe Victoria
T: 1800 815 721
E: licensing@esv.vic.gov.au
W: Energy Safe Victoria

Collapsed - Western Australia

To apply for an Electrician's Provisional Licence, OTSR holders wishing to work in Western Australia (WA) must contact EnergySafety at the Western Australia Department of Commerce, who is the regulator responsible for issuing WA electrical licences.

Holders of an Electrician's Provisional Licence must:

  • enrol in and complete Australian context gap training with a WA registered training organisation (RTO), and;
  • work under the supervision of a holder of a current and full electrician's licence for a minimum period of twelve (12) months.

On successful completion of the Australian context gap training and supervised employment, applicants are eligible to apply for a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

On receipt of the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, an applicant may then apply for a full electrical licence.

For more specific information about electrical licences in Western Australia, please contact Energy Safety.

Energy Safety
T: 08 6251 2000
E: energylicensing@commerce.wa.gov.au
W EnergySafety

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