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Licensed Electrical Inspectors (LEIs)

This licence may be issued to experienced electrical licence holders, or a person with an equivalent qualification or experience, who wishes to undertake work inspecting electrical installations for safety or compliance with regulatory requirements.

Applicants must provide evidence demonstrating they have the qualifications, experience, competency and proficiency for the class of licence required, as detailed below.

Assessments

G licence

H, M and V licence classes

Applicants for the specialist Licence classes H, M and V do not require formal assessment, but applicants must demonstrate on-the-job training and competence. See below for further information on the individual classes of licence.

To apply

Applicants must produce evidence demonstrating they have the qualifications, experience, competency and proficiency for the relevant class of licence required. To apply for a licence, create a user profile in ESVConnect and lodge your application from there.

Class G

Class G allows an inspector to undertake inspections of any low voltage installations, except for those required under Class H, Class M and electric fences intended primarily for the control and containment of animals.

It is expected that prospective applicants will have held an Electrician’s Licence for at least five years.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in electrical installations that are covered by this class,
  • testing methods for electrical installations that are covered by this class, and
  • the requirements of the Regulations relating to low voltage electrical installations.

Your LEI application must include:

  • G Class theory and practical assessment results
  • application fee.

Class H

Class H allows an inspector to undertake inspections of electrical equipment installed in a hazardous area and electrical equipment associated with the protection of the hazardous area but not installed within the hazardous area.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in electrical installations in hazardous areas,
  • testing methods in hazardous areas and for electrical equipment associated with the protection of hazardous areas, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to electrical installations in hazardous areas and electrical equipment associated with the protection of hazardous areas.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • details of on-the-job training with a current H Class Inspector, including at least 10 examples of hazardous electrical inspections.
    Provide copies of the relevant prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety,
  • a supporting reference from the H Class Inspector who provided the training and is willing to attest to your competence.
  • any other training or qualifications that you hold in hazardous areas, and
  • application fee.

Class V

Class V allows an inspector to undertake high voltage installations, with the exception of electrical equipment that is:

  • associated with an electric discharge lighting system,
  • associated with X-ray equipment,
  • associated with high frequency equipment,
  • within self-contained equipment supplied at low voltage, and
  • associated with electric fences intended primarily for the control or containment of animals.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in high voltage electrical installations,
  • testing methods for high voltage installations, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to high voltage electrical installations.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • details of on-the-job training with a current Class V Inspector, including at least 10, examples of high voltage electrical inspections. Please include relevant copies of the prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety,
  • a supporting reference from the Class V Inspector who provided the training and is willing to attest to your competency,
  • any other training or qualification evidence relevant to high voltage that you hold.
  • application fee.

Class M

Class M allows an inspector to undertake inspection of fixed electrical equipment installed in a patient area.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed understanding of safety in fixed electrical equipment installed in a patient area,
  • testing methods for electrical installations in those areas, and
  • the requirements of the regulations relating to those areas.

Your LEI application must also include:

  • evidence of on-the-job training with a current Class M Inspector, including at least 10 examples of patient area medical/electrical inspections.
    Please include copies of prescribed Certificates of Electrical Safety. The 10 examples should include at least six inspections of cardiac-protected electrical areas and four of body-protected electrical areas,
  • a supporting reference from the Class M Inspector who provided the training and is willing to attest to your competency, and
  • application fee.

Note: Classes F, S and R have been abolished. Class L remains renewable for existing holders only, but failure to renew by the due date will result in cancellation of the licence.

Responsibilities

A licensed electrical inspector can inspect electrical installation work as permitted by the class endorsed, including disconnecting and reconnecting for testing purposes. This disconnection/reconnection activity is not considered to be electrical installation work and a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) is not required.

An LEI must not inspect prescribed electrical installation work if they have been involved with the installation of that work, or if they are the registered electrical contractor engaged to perform the work.

An LEI must sign the Certificate of Inspection within the Certificate of Electrical Safety certifying that the prescribed electrical installation work carried out, or supervised, by the licensed electrician meets all the requirements of the legislation and regulations.

Fees

Refer to ESV’s Licensing fees for each licence type.

The application fee for licensed electrical inspectors includes a $70 non-refundable administration component.

Application fees must be paid at the time a licence application is submitted. Credit card payments are required.

Licence renewal

Renewing your Licensed Electrical Inspectors licence

ESV will send an email reminder to you 3 months prior to your licence expiry.

It is your responsibility to ensure your licence is current and that ESV has the correct contact details for you.

Energy Safe Victoria must cancel the licence of an electrical worker who does not apply for renewal of the licence by the renewal date specified on the licence card.

Read more about renewing or replacing a licence.

You can renew your licence via ESVConnect with a Credit card.

Class L licences that are not renewed by the due date cannot be reissued.

Inspection Companies and ESVConnect

Inspectors can opt to be allocated electronic certificates directly from contractors through ESVConnect.

Inspections are allocated to Inspection Companies (IC’s) via ESVConnect, after ESV has received consent to add an IC’s details and for these details to be made available to users of ESVConnect.

Complete the Inspection Company Request Form and return it to:

Manager, Licensing and Registration
Energy Safe Victoria
PO Box 262
Collins Street West VIC 8007

Or scan and email to: licensing@energysafe.vic.gov.au

Contact our Licensing team

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