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Renew or reinstate electrical worker licence

Electrical work licences are valid for five years. You can renew a licence within 2 months of the expiry date or reinstate an expired licence within 12 months of it having expired.

If the licence is renewed within 12 months of expiry, the renewed licence will be issued with an expiry date five years from the original expiry date.

If your licence is expired longer than 12 months you will need to apply for a new electrical work licence. You will be issued a new licence number. For more information, go to Other licence/permit applications types.

You can renew or reinstate your licence online or by submitting a Form 12 - Application for renewal or reinstatement of an expired electrical work licence (PDF, 124.77 KB). . The preferred renewal method is on-line.

Regardless of the method of renewal you will need undertake the following requirements.

Resuscitation/pole top rescue training

You will need to confirm that you have been trained in resuscitation (CPR) within the last twelve months. You are not required to supply a copy of your CPR certificate but may be required to provide it later for auditing purposes.

If you are renewing an electrical linesperson licence you will also need to confirm that you have been trained in pole-top or transmission tower rescue (PTR) within the last twelve months. You are not required to supply a copy of your PTR certificate but may be required to provide it later for auditing purposes.

Skills Maintenance

You must have completed a skills maintenance assessment within two years of renewing or reinstating your licence.

The assessment is in two parts:

  • Part A - Legislation, risk management, and live work
  • Part B - Electrical testing.

The two options for completing skills maintenance are:

  • using the free Skills maintenance online assessment (preferred option)
  • Completing an approved skills maintenance course or UEENEEG197A - Apply currency of safe working practices and compliance verification of electrical installations with a registered training organisation.

Completing your renewal online

You can renew your licence online at Renew electrical worker licence.  The online renewal accepts payment by credit card or Bpay.

To complete your application you will need the following:

  • your renewal notification letter. This letter would have been sent to your last advised postal address. You need the identifying numbers printed on the letter to complete your renewal. If you have not received your letter please call 1300 362 128
  • evidence you have met skills maintenance requirements
  • evidence of competence in CPR (and PTR for line workers).

The Electrical Safety Office is moving to email notifications only for electrical licence renewal notices. To continue to receive your notification please ensure you have provided a current email address.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to do your application online. To complete your application you must provide any required documentation and pay the applicable licence fee.

Submitting an application form

You can renew or reinstate your licence by submitting a Form 12 - Application for renewal, reinstatement or recognition of an expired Queensland electrical work licence(PDF, 124.77 KB).

To complete your application you will need:

  • your renewal notification letter. This letter would have been sent to your last advised postal address. You need the identifying numbers printed on the letter to complete your renewal. If you have not received your letter please call 1300 362 128
  • evidence you have met skills maintenance requirements
  • evidence of competence in CPR (and PTR for line workers).

To complete your application you must provide any required documentation.

If you choose to pay by cheque or money order you must provide this with your application. If you wish to pay by credit card the ESO will contact to you complete payment.

You must submit a full and complete application. Incomplete or incorrect applications may result in delays in obtaining your licence or may be considered withdrawn. Some of your application fee may be retained to offset administrative costs.

You can lodge your application by email, mail or fax. Lodgement details are provided on the application form.

Further information

For more information call 1300 362 128 or download the Electrical licensing eligibility guide (PDF, 697.56 KB).

Last updated
12 February 2018

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