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How to carry out an electrician licence check

15 November 2016

Did you know that it’s an offence to engage in any electrical work without a licence?

That’s why it’s so important to review your electrician’s qualifications, carry out an online electrician licence check, and ensure they are registered with the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading before you accept their quote.

How do I check if my electrician is licensed?

Electricians are legally required to display their licence number on all advertising, stationery and signage. However, you should check that their licence is valid. Fortunately, it’s easy to carry out an electrician licence check online.

Simply visit the public register, enter your electrician’s licensee name, licence number or suburb and you can view their record. It will tell you whether their licence is current, expired or has been cancelled, along with the licence class and if they have had any public warnings issued or insurance claims paid.


What if I can’t find my electrician on the online register?

If you can’t find your electrician on the online public register, call the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday to ensure they are registered and operating with a valid licence.


Can I use an electrician who is licensed in a different state?

Yes. An ‘Automatic Mutual Recognition’ (AMR) agreement came into effect in December 2014. It allows electricians licensed in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria to work across state borders without the need to apply for a new licence in their adopted state.


What qualifications should my electrician have?

To qualify for a licence, your electrician must have completed the following qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Electrotecnology Electrician (or equivalent)
  • A Certificate of Proficiency as an electrician or electrical mechanic from the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) or the Vocational Training Tribunal (VTT).
  • At least 12 months relevant work experience.

What are the penalties for operating without a licence?

It is an offence for electricians to operate without a licence. Individuals can be fined up to $22,000, and companies may be hit with a $110,000 bill for carrying out unlicensed electrical work.


If you need a licensed electrician in Newcastle, contact GKT Group to organise a free quote.


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