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CPD is here

Welcome to CPD for electricians

 

ESV has now introduced Victoria’s first program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the electrical trade.

It is now necessary for most classes of electrical licence holders to attend an eight hour CPD training session, as a condition of their licence renewal.

The training will be specific to every class of licence, and will be mandatory for every electrical licence held. Sessions will be held at selected training centres at various locations across Victoria.

A successful pilot of the training was completed in March 2022, and the whole program will be rolled out to the industry in 2022-23, incorporating important findings from the pilot. Feedback from pilot participants was excellent.

CPD is an exciting opportunity for all licence holders to enhance their skills and preserve the industry’s high levels of professionalism, bolstering the trade against rogue operators.

It will also strengthen the incentive for Victorians to only deal with appropriately qualified licence holders, and in doing so, it will keep the community safer.

More information will be provided on a regular basis.

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development, or CPD, is the means by which electrical licence holders can maintain, improve, broaden and enhance their knowledge, skills, and competence. It will take place using professionally prepared materials in a classroom environment, at carefully chosen locations in regional and metropolitan Victoria. Each eight-hour session will comprise roughly 60% hands on training.

There is no “exam” to pass at the end of your CPD session, but your trainer may highlight to you any areas where your skills could be improved.

People work hard to achieve their licence to operate in the electrical industry, and CPD supports electrical workers to both protect and enhance their licence.

Why is CPD being introduced?

To keep Victorians safer, by ensuring the highest possible standards in our electrical services industry.

The industry is technically complex, sometimes hazardous and subject to regulatory changes. It’s also a rapidly changing industry, which requires electrical workers to stay up to date with the latest regulations and ongoing technological advancements.

CPD will help keep everyone safer, and it is supported by the Government, unions, employers, and the general community.

Many industries use a form of continuing professional development to ensure participants are thoroughly capable of performing their jobs and kept up to date about regulatory change or technological advances. It is common in both trades environments and professional environments such as teaching and the legal profession.

Every effort will be made to ensure that every licence holder is fully aware of their requirement to complete CPD, and given a timely opportunity to do so.

What does CPD address? Answer: the ‘Three Cs”

Graphic - Three Cs pie chart

CPD addresses the ‘Three Cs’ – Currency, Competency fade and Complacency.

Electrical trades experience regular updates in standards and regulations, advances in technologies, and strict safety requirements. Currency – how up to date everyone is – and Competency – how well we all do our jobs – are therefore critically important.

The last ‘C’ – Complacency – is one of the leading causes of workplace accidents according to WorkSafe Victoria, and in worst-case scenarios, it can cost lives.

No matter how experienced we are, we cannot afford to lapse into complacency, especially in this safety critical industry. And with new workplace manslaughter laws introduced in July last year, no business or individual can afford to fall behind in their safe work practices.

Electrical tradespeople work in a regulated industry, and as such, are now required to maintain and develop their professional skills to continue to work in the trade.

Who is developing the training content?

 

Image - Future Energy Skills logo

Under the guidance of ESV and industry, training content will be created by Future Energy Skills (FES), and then delivered by specialist training organisations who are yet to be selected.

Future Energy Skills is a not-for-profit organisation led by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and National Electrical Communications Association (NECA) to serve and work in partnership with the electro-technology, renewable, new energy and the electricity generation and supply sectors. FES collaborates with key stakeholders within industry and the vocational education sector to provide training, assessment, and consultation services.

When will CPD be introduced?

ESV will introduce CPD in stages over several years. The program essentially contains two parts – Skills Maintenance, which could be viewed as “refresher” training, and Skills Development. This second phase of training will develop and expand on licence holders’ knowledge and skills in new or emerging areas of interest relevant to the electrical trade.

  • Skills Maintenance training will be developed for and trialled in the pilot program prior to the general roll out.
  • The Skills Maintenance component will be required for electrical licence renewals from 2023 and for lineworker licence renewals from 2026.
  • Following the roll-out of the Skills Maintenance program, the Skills Development program will be introduced.

Electrical workers in some licence classes will need to complete CPD training for both Skills Maintenance and Skills Development in order to renew their licence from 2028.

CPD for Licensed Electrical Workers (LEWs)

CPD for LEWs Training available from Required for renewals from
Skills Maintenance 2022 2023
Skills Development 2023 2028

Note: licence renewals from 2028 will require the completion of skills maintenance AND skills development, if applicable to the licence class.

CPD for Lineworkers

CPD for lineworkers Training available from Required for renewals from
Skills Maintenance 2024 2026

Which licence types need to complete CPD?

Electrical workers in the following licence classes will be required to undertake CPD.

Licence type Skills Maintenance Skills Development
Electrician
Electrical Inspector
Electrician (Supervised) (ES)
Supervised Licence
Switchgear Licence
Restricted Electrical Licence
Lineworker Licence
(commencing 2026)
Occupiers Licence

CPD is in two phases

If you hold a licence before the starting date of the program you will have one full licence cycle where you only need to complete Skills Maintenance. You must then complete Skills Development training in the second licence renewal cycle. All training must be completed prior to your licence renewal date.

Training that counts towards Skills Development can be done at any time in the 5 years prior to licence renewal.

For example: ‘Joe’ is due to renew his electricians licence on 25th July 2024. To renew, he must have completed his Skills Maintenance training in the two years before his licence is due to be renewed. In other words, he must have undertaken the Skills Maintenance course between 25th July 2022 and 24th July 2024.

Once Joe has renewed in 2024, in his next licence cycle he will need to do both Skills Maintenance and Skills Development.

Joe’s next renewal date will be 25th July 2029. He will need to complete Skills Maintenance within the two years prior, i.e. between 25th July 2027 and 24th July 2029. His Skills Development training can be completed at any time in the 5 year cycle – between 25th July 2024 and 24th July 2029.

Has industry been consulted?

Yes. Extensive industry, stakeholder and public consultation was held in 2020, prior to the CPD requirements being introduced into legislation.

A CPD Industry Steering Committee comprising Union, Employer, Training professionals, and ESV was formed in October 2020 to oversee the principles, direction, and governance of the program. Working groups, made up of industry and education subject matter experts, have been formed in 2021 to oversee the training content development, and a skilled and experienced content provider – FES – was selected. Industry consultation has been an important part of the development of high quality, relevant and engaging training materials.

FES were chosen based on their proven project delivery and resource development experience, having recently delivered the New Energy Technology Systems (NETS) project. FES is also currently developing the Solar Victoria sponsored Electrical Inspection training project and offer an excellent network and strong working partnerships with industry leaders and subject matter experts.

Will it be easy to find a training location?

Yes. Training will be provided in a variety of locations across Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The following training venues have been selected:

AGA Apprenticeships plus

  • Bairnsdale – 654 Main Street, Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875
  • Deer Park – 301 Foleys Road, Deer Park, VIC 3023
  • Korumburra – Lot 1 Kurrie Street, Korumburra, VIC, 3950
  • Warragul – Baw Baw Skills Centre – 69-71 Wills Street, Warragul, VIC 3820

Bendigo Kangan Institute

  • Bendigo – Bendigo TAFE, Charleston Road, Bendigo Campus
  • Broadmeadows – Kangan Institute, Pearcedale Road, Broadmeadows Campus

Box Hill Institute

  • Box Hill Institue, Building B3.G44, 465 Elgar Road, Box Hill 3128

Gippsland Institute of TAFE

  • Morwell Trades and skills centre, Morwell 3840
  • Port of Sale Campus, Port of Sale 3850

Melbourne Polytechnic

  • Heidelburg Campus Building B

NECA Education and Careers

  • Ballarat – 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat East 3350
  • Carlton, Melbourne – 1024 Lygon Street, Carlton North 3054
  • Richmond, Melbourne – 43-67 River Street, Richmond 3124

South West TAFE

  • Warnambool – 193/197, 205 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE)

  • Mildura Campus – 453 Bentook Avenue, Mildura 3500

The Centre for U

  • Clayton – Building 2, Level 3, 195 Wellington Rd, Clayton (Future Energy Skills)
  • Geelong – 67 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
  • North Melbourne – 200 Arden St, North Melbourne
  • Maryborough – 170 High Street, Maryborough (Future Energy Skills)
  • Morwell – 42 Buckley Street, Morwell
  • Shepparton – 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton (GOTAFE)
  • Mobile service – will also be available to cater for other areas, including North-East Victoria.

The Gordon Institute

  • Geelong – Gordons Electrical Technology Dept, East Geelong Campus Building E

Victoria University Polytechnic (VU)

  • Sunshine – Sunshine Campus, Building W – 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine North 3020

Note: this listing will be updated to including clickable links as soon as possible. Please check back in due course.

Other course info

Please note that the Licensed Electrical Inspectors’ (LEI) and Switchgear Licence class course won’t be available until later in 2022:

From August 2022

  • LEI course modules L/G class

From October 2022

  • LEI course modules for H,M & V class
  • Switchgear Licence course

Want to know more? Just check our FAQs.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page contains lots of information about the CPD program and it will be regularly updated. Click here to jump to FAQs.

Follow our CPD updates

ESV will update the progress of CPD via this webpage and direct contact with licence holders. Updates will also be communicated through EnergySafe Magazine, and ESV’s social media channels. To stay informed, please follow us via the links below:

Legislative Instrument

The relevant legislative instrument putting CPD into effect can be found here and it contains considerable useful information on the program.

Policy on CPD for licence renewals

Energy Safe Victoria is introducing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to help to improve safety, competency and compliance in the electrical industry.

CPD is a mandatory requirement for all electrical licence renewals from 1 July 2023. The policy on CPD Licence Renewals, including applying for an exemption or an extension, can be found below. Please note more information on how to apply for an exemption or an extension and the forms will be released early 2023.

Read the full policy here