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Employers of apprentices

If you have received an email from ESV then you are employing an apprentice who will complete their contract of training in January 2022.

Employers must not employer unlicensed workers to carry out electrical installation work. Apprentices are deemed to be a licensed electrical worker only whilst under a contract of training and under supervision.

If an apprentice’s contract of training has expired, they are no longer deemed to be a licensed electrical worker and must carry out one of the actions listed below for you to continue to employ them to carry out electrical installation work.

We have also reached out to your apprentice to advise they must take action or they will be deemed unlicensed. There is also information on our website for apprentices taking the next step in their career. We encourage you to read that as well as the information below.

Your apprentice’s schooling and LEA are complete

Apply for an Electrician’s Licence (A)

If your apprentice has completed their apprenticeship contract of training and obtained a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, and successfully completed all licensing assessments, they may be eligible to apply for an A grade electrician’s licence.

All electrician’s licence applications must be submitted online via ESVConnect.

The ESV website contains other useful materials for you around licensing requirements and technical advice.

Your apprentice’s schooling or profiling is incomplete

Extend the contract

If your apprentice has not completed all their schooling (including profiling) at the end of their apprenticeship contract of training, then an extension of that contract is now required.

To extend the contract, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN).

Warning: do not employ unlicensed persons

If the contract has come to an end and is not extended, you must not continue to employ the apprentice to carry out electrical installation work. In these circumstances, both you and your apprentice may be subject to prosecution and severe penalties.

Your apprentice’s schooling is complete, but they have not yet passed all of the licencing assessments

Apply for a Supervised Worker’s Licence (L)

If your apprentice’s contract of training is complete and they have obtained a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, but not yet successfully passed all licencing assessments, you are permitted to continue to employ the apprentice to carry out electrical installation work for a maximum of three months from their completion date.

However, if they still have not successfully passed the licencing assessments and gained an A Grade electricians licence after three months, they must hold a Supervised Worker’s Licence for you to continue to employ them to carry out electrical installation work.

To apply for a Supervised Workers Licence they must complete their apprenticeship contract of training and successfully pass the Safe Working Practice (SWP) assessment.

Warning: do not employ unlicensed persons

If you continue to employ the apprentice to carry out electrical installation work three months from the completion of their apprenticeship, and they do not hold the appropriate licence, both you and your apprentice may be subject to prosecution and severe penalties.

If an apprentice’s contract of training is no longer valid and they have not carried out one of the actions listed above, they must cease carrying out electrical installation work immediately.

Where to submit

All licence applications must be submitted online via ESVConnect.

To keep in touch and stay informed about important developments and safe working updates in our industry, we encourage you to subscribe to EnergySafe magazine.

Contact Us

We are here to help. You can contact our licensing team in the following ways;

Monday, Thursday, Friday — 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday — 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday — 9:00am to 12:30pm