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, 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.

Duration of limited certificates

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 forDuration of limited certificate
Electrician 4 years
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.

 

Overseas applicants for limited certificates

An overseas applicant for a limited certificate must make application on a form approved by the Electrical Workers Registration Board (see below) and provide;

  1. Evidence that you have experience in the class of registration being applied for. For example, if you have two and a half years' experience as an electrician, you need to acquire a further one and a half years' experience;
  2. Evidence that you have has satisfactorily completed instruction in safe working practices, testing, basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as approved by the Board, or will complete such instruction within three months of the issue of any limited certificate;
  3. A statement from a person who holds a current practising licence that authorises the person to supervise electrical work, which attests that you will be supervised in accordance with the Supervision Procedures for Trainees issued by the Board and dated 31 March 2010;
  4. An assurance that you will work within the limits as specified in Regulation 93 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010;
  5. An assurance that examinations/practical assessments relevant to the class of registration to which you are aspiring will be attempted through the duration of any limited certificate that may be issued.

Renewal of limited certificates

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.

You must do safety training to keep your limited certificate

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.

Cancellation of limited certificates

Any limited certificate is subject to cancellation if the Board is satisfied that the holder;

  • Did not satisfactorily complete instruction in safe working practices, testing, basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as approved by the Board;
  • Has not complied with supervision instructions which are specified in item (iii) above; or
  • Has repeatedly worked outside the limits of the limited certificate.

Refusal to renew or cancellation of limited certificates

Prior to making any decision in relation to the refusal to renew or cancel a limited certificate the Board will;

  1. Observe the rules of natural justice; and
  2. Without limiting those rules, give the applicant -
    • Notice of any matter that may give the Board cause to refuse to renew or cancel a limited certificate;
    • All information the Board will be considering in relation to the matter;
    • Reasonable opportunity to make written submissions and be heard on the question, either personally or by a representative.

Other relevant information for limited certificates;

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:

  • The employer must support an application by completing the relevant section of the application form;
  • The applicant's safety tuition in CPR, Basic First Aid, Safe Working Practices and Testing to ensure safety must be valid; that is, carried out not more than 24 months prior to application for the card, or in the case of Line Mechanics and Cable Jointers, the required 7 and 14 months.

Notes:

  1. Please ensure that the application form is fully completed. Applications will not be processed unless the form is fully completed.
  2. Each application must be posted to the Registrar, Electrical Workers Registration Board, PO Box 10156, Wellington.

Provisional Licences

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:

  1. make an application on a form approved by the Board for registration in a class of registration;
  2. pay the prescribed application fee;
  3. provide evidence that instruction in safe working practices, testing, basic first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (as approved by the Board) from an approved provider has been satisfactorily completed;
  4. provide evidence satisfactory to the Board that they have:
    1. been authorised to carry out prescribed electrical work in a place other than New Zealand for a period of not less than 4 years; and
    2. sufficient practical and theoretical experience and knowledge in the class of registration that they are seeking to be licensed in ; or
    3. sufficient practical and theoretical experience and knowledge gained in New Zealand in the class of registration that they are seeking to be licensed in; and
  5. provides satisfactory evidence that they need to pass one or more examinations to meet the registration requirements for the class of registration that they have applied for. [PDF, 612 KB]

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.

Renewal of Provisional Licences

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.