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Classes of licences

There are 6 different types of electrical work licences. These are:

Important licensing information

It is illegal to do electrical work in Queensland without a licence.

Section 55 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (ES Act) states that only very limited unlicensed tasks are allowed, such as:

  • authorised testing of electrical equipment
  • installing or repairing telecommunication cables
  • electrical work while performing the profession of an electrical engineer
  • learning electrical work as an apprentice or trainee.

Section 18 of the ES Act provides more examples that are not classified as electrical work.

Section 56 of the ES Act states that businesses carrying out electrical work for others must have an electrical contractor licence.

For the public

Only an electrical contractor can do electrical work in your home. It is unlawful to do this work without a licence.

For safety reasons your electrician will need to turn power OFF. Working with a power supply still live is generally not allowed in Queensland.

The law says all homes built since 1992 must have safety switches installed on power circuits.

Electrical mechanic licence

Open electrical work licence.

An electrical mechanic can perform all electrical work, such as:

  • install or change an overhead electrical line
  • install electrical wiring
  • repair any electrical equipment.

Refer to Section 43 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for more information on eligibility requirements for an electrical mechanic licence.

Electrical linesperson licence

Allows you to perform all electric line work, such as:

  • electrical work involved in building or maintaining an overhead electric line
  • electrical work in the building or maintenance of an underground electric line
  • testing of overhead electric lines.

Refer to Section 43 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for eligibility requirements for an electrical linesperson licence.

Electrical fitter licence

Allows you to perform electrical equipment work, such as:

  • rewinding and repairing an electric motor
  • building and assembling a switchboard
  • maintain/repair electrical equipment.

Refer to Section 43 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013for eligibility requirements for an electrical fitter licence.

Electrical jointer licence

Allows you to perform limited specialist installing, jointing and terminating electrical cables and work relating to electrical cables and equipment, such as:

  • jointing and terminating a high voltage cable.

Refer to Section 43 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for eligibility requirements for an electrical jointer licence.

Restricted electrical work licence

This licence limits you to specific electrical work associated with work from another trade.

Your need to perform electrical work must be legitimate, saving time or money are not good enough reasons.

Trades and callings that are recognised as having a legitimate need to sometimes perform electrical work are:

  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Composite equipment service person
  • Data communications technician
  • Diesel fitter (in relation to electrical equipment coupled to engines)
  • Earth moving equipment fitter
  • Electric motor service person
  • Electronic equipment service person
  • Entertainment and servicing technician
  • First class machinist
  • Fitter and turner
  • Gas fitter
  • Injection moulding technician
  • Instrumentation/process control technician
  • Laboratory and scientific electrical equipment technician
  • Marine mechanic
  • Mechanical fitter
  • Office equipment service person
  • Photographic equipment service person
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment service person
  • Sewing machine technician
  • Systems and instrument technician
  • Telecommunication technician

The licence applies to specific work area categories and units of competence.

There are 7 work area categories or endorsements:

  • composite equipment
  • high voltage electrical propulsion
  • plumbing/gas
  • electronics
  • electric motor
  • refrigeration/air conditioning
  • instrumentation/process control.

There are 6 units of competence.

You will be assessed and licensed according to your competence regarding the incidental electrical work relevant to your trade or calling.

You will need to undergo training with a Registered Training Organisation to meet the electrical competencies required.

Read more on eligibility requirements for a restricted electrical licence in section 44 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 and the Electrical Safety Office Licensing Eligibility Policy (PDF, 697.56 KB) .

Refer to the Restricted Electrical Licence System Information Guide for more details.

An electrical work training permit

This is a restricted permit which allows electrical work to be performed under specified conditions while you are being trained.

Last updated
29 April 2016

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