powering-australia77Within the state of New South Wales, general electricians must meet specific requirements as laid out by the state’s regulating body, Office of Fair Trading.

The following guidelines and requirements are necessary to become licensed within the state, and apply to those already licensed and wishing to renew.

Who can apply to be licensed?

There are five pathways to licensing in New South Wales, as detailed through the Office of Fair Trading.

Each pathway has its own unique qualifications, as follows:

Pathway 1

  • Completion of Certificate III in Electro-technology
  • One must earn a certificate of proficiency as an Electrician or Electrical Mechanic, provided directly from the Department of Education and Communities or the Vocational Training Tribunal
  • One must complete a minimum of 12 months of relevant electrical wiring work, specifically utilising knowledge of the AS/NZS 3000 regulation.

o   This experience is defined as that which was lawfully gained by an applicant, during or after the completion of an apprenticeship, verified by an employer

Pathway 2

  • The applicant must hold a current license or advanced certificate as an electrician

 

Pathway 3a

  • The applicant must hold a current license as an electrician for more than five year, prior to the application for license or certificate

Pathway 3b

  • The applicant must hold a current license as an electrician for more than five year, prior to the application for license or certificate, and
  • The applicant must have completed an assessment organised by the New South Wales Office of Fair Trading on the most current edition of wiring rules (AS/NZS 3000)

powering-australia78Pathway 4a

  • The applicant must possess one of qualifications, completed within five years of the application in question, including the completion of 6077AC Capstone Assessment

o   Certificate III in Electro-technology

o   Certificate III in Electrical Mechanic, Fitter/Mechanic

o   Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Course (through TAFE)

o   Electrical Trades Course 1027 (through TAFE)

o   Electrical Trade Courses 1093 and 6029 (through TAFE)

  • One must possess a certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic, Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from the Vocational Training Tribunal
  • One must complete at least 12 months of relevant electrical wiring work experience, specifically utilising knowledge of AS/NZS 3000 regulation

Pathway 4b

  • One must complete one of the following qualifications not met in Pathway 4a

o   Certificate III in Electro-technology

o   Certificate III in Electrical Mechanic, Fitter/Mechanic

o   Electrical Fitter/Mechanic Course (through TAFE)

o   Electrical Trades Course 1027 (through TAFE)

o   Electrical Trade Courses 1093 and 6029 (through TAFE)

  • One must also complete all of the following:

o   A certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic, Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from the Vocational Training Tribunal

o   An assessment provided by NSW Fair Trading on current edition of wiring rules, in accordance with AS/NZS 3000

o   A minimum of at least 12 months relevant electrical wiring work experience, specifically utilising knowledge of AS/NZS 3000

Pathway 5

  • One must complete the Certificate III in Electrical Wiring qualification course offered through TAFE and each of the following:

o   A craft Certificate as an Electrician, Electrical Mechanic, Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, or Electrical Tradesperson from the Vocation Training Tribunal

o   An assessment provided by NSW Fair Trading on the current edition of wiring rules per AS/NZS 3000

o   A minimum of 12 months relevant electrical wiring work experience, specifically utilising knowledge of AS/NZS 3000

Once criteria for a specific pathway has been met, the applicant must complete the application form through the Office of Fair Trading and pay the fee, as applicable

  • One year license for new application – $286
  • Three year license for new application – $566
  • One year license renewal – $211
  • Three year license renewal – $502
  • One year individual restoration – $260
  • Three year individual restoration – $552
  • Partnership new license (one year) – $398
  • Partnership new license (three year) – $812

Available Licenses

Also unique to New South Wales, the following licenses are available for general electricians:powering-australia68

  • Contractor License – for individual general electricians working as contractors
  • Contractor License – for companies or partnerships working as contractors
  • Qualified Supervisor Certificate – for those supervising contractors in electrical work
  • Disconnection and Reconnection License – for those working in this capacity on fixed electrical equipment

Each license is in force for a maximum of three years, and varies in terms of fees for application and renewal.

General electricians working in Sydney can contact the Office of Fair Trading for additional information:

Office of Fair Trading

PO Box 972

Parramatta NSW 2124

Telephone: (02) 13 32 20

www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

New South Wales has mutual recognition, meaning that an individual holding a license in another state or territory of Australian or New Zealand can apply for a comparable license in New South Wales.

All requirements laid out by the Office of Fair Trading must be met on an equivalent basis, however.

Wage Information

Within the state of New South Wales, general electricians must meet the same requirements as laid out in the training section.

The electrician trade differs, however, in this region as it relates to wages.

On average, general electricians made $60,000 per annum, a three percent decrease than the national average earnings.

Responsibilities

As a licensed electrician in New South Wales, individuals and companies have a specific set of responsibilities, including having a full understanding of current legislation.

Additionally, licensed electricians must be aware of up to date regulations directly related to the trade. These may include:

  • Part 3 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998
  • Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009

powering-australia69Finally, licensed electricians must ensure the work they complete is in accordance with the Australian New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000).

Testing must be completed in accordance with legislation, regulation and current Wiring Rules, with verification through a relevant certificate of compliance.

Top Electrician Companies in Sydney

There are a number of electrician companies operated within the limits of Sydney, most offering a wide range of services to individuals and companies alike.

Based on consumer reviews, the top four companies are as follows:

1)    Davtec Group – specializing in providing quality electrical work to the Sydney area, Davtec works in both the residential and commercial space.

Its highly qualified and seasoned electricians offering the following services to customers:powering-australia71

  • Wiring installation and repair
  • Appliance installation
  • Switch installation and repair
  • Safety connections
  • Circuit installation and maintenance
  • Lighting fixture installation and repair, both internal and external
  • Level 2 technicians

Website: www.davtecgroup.com.au

Telephone: 0401 312 118

E-mail: info@davtecgroup.com.au

2)    Y2K Electrical Services Pty Ltd – working in a variety of commercial, industrial and residential environments, Y2K Electrical Services prides itself on top notch service.

Its team of licensed electricians are well equipped to provide the following electrical work to its customers:powering-australia72

  • Cable system design and installation
  • Fibre optics installation and maintenance
  • Lighting and power installation and repair
  • Switchboard installation and maintenance
  • Alternations to electrical systems
  • Re-wiring extensions
  • Oven and cooktop installation and repair
  • Smoke detector installation
  • Hot water repair

Website: www.y2kelectrical.com.au

Telephone: 0409 946 939

E-mail: y2kelectrical@bigpond.com

3)    Flick Electrical – Offering electrical services to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Flick Electrical is a household name in the Sydney area.

The company works on a number of projects for customers in both the residential and commercial space, including:powering-australia73

  • New construction installation
  • Electrical service upgrades
  • Circuit breaker installation and maintenance
  • Full or partial home rewiring
  • Emergency generators
  • Landscape and deck lighting
  • Security lighting
  • Power for HVAC systems
  • Trouble shooting and repair
  • Office renovations and installation
  • Energy efficient lighting

Website: www.flickelectrical.com.au

Telephone: 0424 773 953

4)    Husky Electrical – With over 15 years experience, Husky Electrical provides high quality, fast service to residential customers, commercial business and retail stores.powering-australia74

With a friendly demeanour and fair pricing, the company offers the following services:

  • Installation and upkeep of lighting
  • Power point installation
  • Switch and switchboard installation and repair
  • Full or partial rewiring
  • Testing and tagging
  • Hot water and major appliance installation
  • Exit and emergency lighting
  • Sensor installation
  • Home automation

Website: www.huskyelectrical.com

Telephone: 0404 552 522

E-mail: michael@huskyelectrical.com