What we do

The Board enhances electrical safety through improving competency of electrical workers in New Zealand by having a leading role in the sector to deliver occupational regulatory good practise.

The Board's functions are:

  • to designate classes of registration for the purposes of Part 10:
  • to specify for each of those classes the prescribed electrical work that a person is authorised to do, or assist in doing, by virtue of being a registered person of a particular class and holding a current practising licence:
  • to prescribe the minimum standards for registration for each of those classes that persons must meet in order to be registered as registered persons and to be issued with practising licences:
  • to prescribe the terms and conditions subject to which persons are registered and licences are issued:
  • to prescribe standards or requirements relating to competent and safe work practices and the testing of those practices:
  • to recognise appropriate overseas qualifications, certificates, registration, or licences for the purposes of registering persons and issuing licences under Part 10:
  • to consider applications for registration and licences under Part 10, and to register persons and issue licences in proper cases:
  • to establish criteria for granting, and to grant, exemptions from registration and licensing requirements to persons and classes of persons:
  • to renew licences for subsequent terms in proper cases:
  • to issue limited certificates under Part 9 in proper cases:
  • to promote, monitor, and review the ongoing competency and safe work practices of registered persons and licence holders:
  • to hear complaints about, and to discipline, persons to whom Part 11 applies:
  • to institute prosecutions against persons for the breach of this Act or any regulation relating to prescribed electrical work:
  • to consider any reports that are referred to the Board by the Secretary in respect of accidents to which section 16 applies, and to take any action in relation to those reports that the Board thinks fit:
  • to exercise and perform any other functions, duties, and powers as are conferred or imposed on the Board by or under this Act or by or under any other enactment:
  • to do any other things as may, in the Board's opinion, be necessary for the effective administration of this Act:
  • to carry out any functions that are incidental and related to, or consequential on, its functions stated in this section.

The Board receives complaints from the public about registered and unregistered workers. It may investigate and discipline registered electrical workers (including limited certificate and provisional licence holders) or bring a prosecution in the District Court against those working illegally in the industry (usually unregistered or unlicensed workers).

Who is on the Board

The Board consists of seven members from around New Zealand, representing both trade and the public.

Five members are registered electrical workers and two are lay members. All are appointed by the Minister for Building and Construction.

Professional and administrative support for the Board is provided by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Board documents

Read the Board’s annual reports, newsletters, consultation documents and agendas in News & Resources.

Board meetings

The Board meets every month. It discusses strategic planning and policy matters, and deals with complaints and disciplinary matters.

Board meetings are usually held over three days and are open to the public (except when the Board goes into committee to discuss a decision about a disciplinary hearing outcome or other sensitive matters).

Board meeting dates for 2017

These dates may change, depending on the volume of Board business and the number of disciplinary hearings required.

January 2017 No meeting
February 2017 Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17
March 2017 Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17
April 2017 Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21
May 2017 Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19
June 2017 Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23
July 2017 Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21
August 2017 Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18
September 2017 Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 and Friday 22
October 2017 Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20
November 2017 Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17
December 2017 Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Friday 15