General electricians design, assemble, install, test, commission, diagnose, maintain and repair electrical networks, circuits, equipment, components, appliances and facilities for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes.

How do you become an electrician in Australia

To become an electrician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship and gain a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.

Licensing requirements in South Australia

In South Australia under the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995 all individuals, partnerships and companies are required to hold a licence to perform any electrical works.  An Electrical Workers Registration is issued by Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)

New migrants that have an OTSR which shows that they have been assessed as having the required technical skills in Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician), can apply for a restricted workers registration to work under direct supervision.

The OTSR lists the technical skills demonstrated in the practical assessment undertaken by the individual and outlines the gap in the persons skills or knowledge that is required to be filled to work in Australia.

In South Australia, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) will issue a provisional (restricted) licence against the OTSR to allow you to work while the Australia Minimal Context Gap Training (AMCG) is being undertaken.

On successful completion of the AMCG and supervised employment, an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification is issued by the registered training organisation.

To qualify for an unrestricted registration you will also need to complete and pass the AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules course provided by a registered training organisation.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Some people have skills and knowledge that enable them to gain a qualification without completing a standard training program or course.  These skills and knowledge – that would have otherwise been developed through undertaking an accredited course – may have been gained through some other form of study, formal training, self-tuition, work experience or life experience.

It may be necessary to undertake a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Requirements for self-employment or to be a contractor

If you intend to operate a business as an individual or in a partnership you will need to hold an Electrical Contractors Licence and meet all licensing requirements.  For information about this level of licensing visit Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Benefits of Trade Recognition

Trade recognition will allow you to:

  • obtain a licence to work unsupervised in your trade
  • get recognition for further study
  • be qualified to train apprentices
  • secure skilled employment using qualifications and skills gained overseas

Useful links:

Consumer and Business Services (CBS)

Level 3, Chesser House
91-97 Grenfell Street Adelaide, SA 5000

phone: 131 882
website: Consumer and Business Services

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)

website: Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)