Continuing Professional Development
The electrical services industry is technically complex, sometimes hazardous and subject to regulatory changes. It’s also a rapidly moving industry, which requires electrical workers to stay up to date with ongoing technological advancements.
To maintain safety, competency and compliance in the industry, ESV will introduce Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for licensed electrical workers. The CPD program will be introduced in a series of stages, and will not be a legal requirement for licence renewals until 2023.
Under the new CPD program, licensed electrical workers will participate in training to ensure they maintain and extend their professional knowledge and skills, including keeping up to date with safety, regulatory and technical developments relevant to the industry.
What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development, or CPD, in the electrical services industry is the means by which electrical licence holders maintain, improve, broaden and enhance their knowledge, skills, and competence.
Why is CPD being introduced?
The Victorian Government is committed to making the electrical services industry safer, for workers and the community.
CPD aims to address ‘currency’, ‘competency fade’ and ‘complacency’.
The electrical trades involve regular updates in standards and regulations, advances in technologies, and strict safety requirements, so currency and competency are key.
Complacency is one of the leading causes of workplace accidents, according to WorkSafe Victoria, and in the worst-case scenario, can cost lives. With the new workplace manslaughter legislation 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, will join the likes of medical professionals and engineers, who are required to maintain and develop their professional skills to continue to practice. This highlights the importance of electrical work and the impact it can have on workers and the community.
When will CPD be introduced?
To take into account the change to industry requirements, ESV will introduce CPD in stages over several years.
- Skills Maintenance training will be developed and trialled in a pilot program prior to roll out.
- Following successful trials, the Skills Maintenance component will be required for electrical licence renewals from 2023.
- Skills Maintenance will be required for lineworker licence renewals from 2026.
- Following the roll-out of the Skills Maintenance program, the Skills Development program will be introduced. Electrical workers of select licence classes will need to complete CPD training for both Skills Maintenance and Skills Development to renew their licence from 2028.
CPD for Licensed Electrical Workers (LEWs)
|CPD for LEWs||Training available from||Required for renewals from|
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|
How will CPD be delivered?
ESV will roll out CPD in two phases.
Phase 1: Skills Maintenance
Electrical licence holders will be required to participate in refresher training to ensure they keep up to date with safety, regulatory, technical and other developments relevant to the electrical services industry. The training will be delivered face-to-face, with a duration of up to eight hours per licence class (training requirements will be designed to avoid overlaps between licence classes).
Phase 2: Skills Development
This training will develop and expand on licence holders’ knowledge and skills in a new or emerging area of interest relevant to the electrical trade.
Who will undertake CPD?
Electrical workers in the following licence classes will be required to undertake CPD as per the table below.
|Licence type||Skills Maintenance||Skills Development|
|Electrician (Supervised) (ES)||✓||✓|
|Restricted Electrical Licence||✓||✕|
* The first lineworker licence renewals will commence from 2026
Where will the training be delivered?
ESV expects to provide training in multiple locations across metro and regional Victoria. Training delivery partners will be announced later in the year.
To develop a robust program with high quality, relevant and engaging training modules, industry consultation is an important part of the program’s development.
Further to industry and public consultation in 2020, a CPD Industry Steering Committee 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, will be formed in 2021 to oversee the training content development.
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ESV will provide updates on the progress of CPD predominantly via this webpage and direct emails. Updates will also be communicated through EnergySafe Magazine, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to stay informed, please follow us via the links below:
Read more about ESV’s CPD Policy For Licensed Electrical Workers.