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All electrical workers in New Zealand must hold both a registration and a current practising licence to undertake prescribed electrical work (PEW).

You only need to pay the registration fee once.

You pay the annual practising licence fee two years when you renew your licence.


If you wish to be registered/licensed to carry out prescribed electrical work you must hold an appropriate registration. Read more about Registration


Once you are registered, and if you wish to carry out prescribed electrical work in your own right, you must uplift a practising licence. Read more about Licensing

Employer licensing

An employer of electrical workers may apply for an employer licence. An employer licence entitles your staff to undertake prescribed electrical work on behalf of your company. Read more about Employer licensing

Limits of work

There are 10 classes of registration and each has different limits of work. Read more about Limits of work

About COC/ESCs

Information on how to use the EWRB Electrical Certificate of Compliance and Electrical Safety Certificate and other Board certification documents. Read more about About COC/ESCs


All registered electrical workers must hold a practising licence to carry out prescribed electrical work. This is a requirement of section 95 of the Electricity Act 1992. You must renew... Read more about Relicensing

Limited certificates / Provisional licences

If you want to work while you are training, you need to have a limited certificate. You can apply for a limited certificate if you are an apprentice,... Read more about Limited certificates / Provisional licences

Working overseas

If you are a New Zealand registered electrical worker who has been out of the country for a few years, your registration is still valid (you only need... Read more about Working overseas


The Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 promote the health and safety of members of the public in connection with the supply and use of electricity in New Zealand, and... Read more about Regulations


Frequently Asked Questions about the trade. Read more about FAQs