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Updating your contractor licence details

Your electrical contractor licence may be cancelled if you do not have a current qualified business or technical person listed on the licence

Qualified business person (QBP)

A qualified business person for an electrical contractor licence:

  • must be competent to perform the business aspects of performing electrical work, and
  • must have completed the following units of competency within the last 3 years:
    • UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
    • UEENEEG175A - Develop compliance policies and plans to conduct an electrical contracting business,
      and either
    • BSBSMB401A - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business (within the last three years), or
    • a business qualifications of diploma level or higher (e.g. Bachelor of Business) regardless of the time of completion, or
    • a course of instruction equivalent to BSBSMB401 (within the last three years).
      OR
  • must provide evidence of having operated a business for a period of or periods totalling five years. e.g. tax returns for a self-employed person, or a statutory declaration from an accountant financial institution officer, employer, or other applicable business officer.

For QBP requirements for a for a restricted electrical contractor licence refer to Form 18B.

Qualified technical person (QTP)

A qualified technical person for an electrical contractor licence:

  • must be competent to perform electrical work,
  • must hold a Queensland electrical mechanic work licence (for at least 12 months), and
  • must have completed the following units of competency within the last 3 years:
    • UEENEEG197A - Apply currency of safe working practices and compliance verification of electrical installations
    • UEENEEG122A - Conduct compliance inspection of single phase LV electrical installations
    • UEENEEG123A - Conduct compliance inspection of LV electrical installations with demand exceeding 100 A per phase.

Only a qualified technical person can sign documents on behalf of the business about the performance of electrical work.

Find out more about the role of a qualified technical person.

For QTP requirements for a restricted electrical contractor licence refer to Form 18B.

Qualified persons

A licensed electrical contractor must notify the ESO, within 1 month, of any of the following:

  • the QTP’s work licence has expired or has been cancelled or suspended,
  • the QTP or QBP is no longer an employee (or a partner, director or executive officer in the case of partnerships or companies),
  • the QTP or QBP is no longer a nominee for the licence.

Failing to notify of these changes may result in disciplinary action against the electrical contractor licence holder.

An electrical contractor licence is automatically suspended if, for a period of 1 month, there is no QTP or QBP, and may be cancelled if a replacement QTP or QBP is not provided.

If your QTP’s work licence has expired or been cancelled or suspended, they are also no longer eligible to act as the QTP for the licence.

NOTE: You are not permitted to perform electrical work while you do not have a current QTP to perform or supervise the work.

To remove or add QTPs or QBPs you need to submit a Form 20 - Application for additional/change of qualified person for a contractor licence (PDF, 212.37 KB) .

If the qualified technical person changes and the new nominee has different class of licence it could affect the type of work permitted under the electrical contractor licence.

Authorised parties

You can also use Form 20 to add or remove authorised parties for the licence.

Change of name or details of corporations or partnerships

A corporation or partnership must, within 1 month, notify the Electrical Safety Office of any change of name of the corporation or partnership or change of the business name under which the business is conducted.

A partnership must also notify the Electrical Safety Office, within 1 month, any change to the membership of the partnership.

For more information about updating these details go to Change your licence details.

Last updated
02 July 2018

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