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, or need to complete certain examinations or work experience for registration. You must provide a statement from the registered and licensed person who will supervise you as you carry out prescribed electrical work.
When you apply for a limited certificate you also need to apply for registration and pay the appropriate fees. See our Forms and Fees page.
If you are an apprentice in New Zealand, how long your limited certificate lasts depends on the registration class you are training for.
|Registration class you are training for||Duration of limited certificate|
|Electrical Service Technician||18 months|
|Electrical Appliance Serviceperson||18 months|
|Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (Endorsed to disconnect and connect)||18 months|
|Line Mechanic||2 years|
|Electrical Installer||2 years|
|Cable Jointer||2 years|
|Electrical Engineer||3 years|
|Associated Tradesperson||4 years|
If you are completing exams after an assessment of overseas qualifications and experience, your limited certificate will last for one year.
If you are completing work experience, your limited certificate will last for the time required to satisfy the registration requirements.
An overseas applicant for a limited certificate must make application on a form approved by the Electrical Workers Registration Board (see below) and provide;
To renew your limited certificate you will need to demonstrate to the Board that you have made every effort to fulfil the initial issuing requirements. Any renewal of a limited certificate will be for one year.
Within three months of applying for your limited certificate, you must complete approved safety training, covering safe working practices, testing, CPR and basic first aid.
If you don’t do this training in time, your limited certificate becomes invalid.
As safety training does not happen regularly (especially in some areas), we recommend you check the list of training providers to plan the timing of your training.
Any limited certificate is subject to cancellation if the Board is satisfied that the holder;
Prior to making any decision in relation to the refusal to renew or cancel a limited certificate the Board will;
Limits of work - The holder of a limited certificate may assist a Supervisor in doing any prescribed electrical work that is relevant to the particular class of registration being sought. That entitlement is provided the electrical worker holds a current limited certificate and is supervised by the nominated supervisor whose practicing licence allows that person to do the work.
Supervisor - A supervisor is a registered person in one of the following classes of electrical registration. Electrical Inspector, Electrical Engineer, Electrician, Electrical Installer, Electrical Service Technician, Electrical Appliance Serviceperson, Line Mechanic or Cable Jointer.
Limited Certificate Trainee Cards - You must be a Board approved trainee for your experience to be acknowledged towards registration and hold a Limited Certificate Trainee Card. The card is issued with the obligation to complete the directed coursework and examinations during its currency. The applicant will be advised of the required coursework and examination aspects at the time of issue.
The requirements for obtaining a card are:
There is also available to certain applicants the opportunity to have a Provisional Licence which enables a person to work without supervision but limits that work. A holder of a Provisional Licence cannot certify their work nor supervise others. A Provisional Licence is only issued for 6 months while the holder completes outstanding registration requirements.
Before a Provisional Licence is issued the applicant must complete the following:
Generally if an applicant meets the above criteria a Provisional Licence will be offered as an alternative to a Limited Certificate.
A Provisional Licence will not be issued to a person who holds a Limited Certificate.
An application for the renewal of a Provisional Licence will be required to appear before the Board to answer questions in relation to the efforts they have made to meet the registration requirements for the class of registration for which the Provisional Licence was granted or to make written submissions attesting to the same.
Applicants should not expect to receive a renewal without there being extenuating circumstances as to why they have not meet the registration requirements for the class of registration for which the Provisional Licence was granted.