All 2015/17 practising licences will expire on 30 June 2017.
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.
If you want to renew your licence you will need:
It’s best to have these things ready to go, so when the relicensing round opens, you can renew quickly and easily.
The fastest and cheapest way to renew your practising licence is to do it online. You can pay for your licence renewal by Mastercard, Amex or Visa credit/debit card, or through an Account2Account bank transfer.*
You can also renew your license on paper. Paper forms will be available soon, and a link to them will be provided from this page. Please note that paper practising licence renewal is $190, $70 more expensive than renewing online.
RealMe (external link) (external link) is the Government’s single login system.
Don’t worry if you cannot remember your RealMe / iGovt login details. Click Renew Licence Now (external link) (external link) and then click ‘Login’. Once on the login screen, click the I forgot my username and /or I forgot my password links to recover your login details. If this is the first time you have used RealMe our online form will automatically create a login for you.
Just click Renew Licence Now (external link) (external link) and follow the instructions on screen. You will be asked for an activation code which should be printed in the reminder letter sent to you by the Board, or call us on 0800 661 000 if you can’t find it.
To renew your practising licence, you must have passed a Board-approved competency training programme. The course you attend must be relevant to the class of registration you hold, and must be current before you are able to renew your practising licence.
To ensure the renewal of your practising licence for 2017/2019 is not held-up, it is recommended that you update your safety training in advance of your existing licence expiring on 30 June 2017.
Book your training today to ensure you have completed a key part of your licensing requirements.
You only need to submit a photo for your ID if this is your first time applying for a licence, or if you want to change the photo that is currently on your licence.
If you are submitting a photo, please make sure the photo is:
If your photo does not meet these requirements, or if the Board feels it’s unsuitable for use on an ID card, they may refuse the photo.
To help make sure you have a suitable photo, we encourage you to have your photo taken at your nearest PostShop (external link) (external link) . There’s a 25% discount for electrical workers who purchase a photo (either printed or electronic) at a PostShop store.
Photos are required to make it easier to identify you as a legitimate electrical worker. You can also choose to have your photo available on the public register, which will help protect both you and the consumer.
With your employer’s agreement you can choose to have your employer pay your practising licence fee if they are registered as an employer in our system and recorded in your online profile. Log in (external link), (external link) then click My Profile and Employer Details to look for them in the list of employers registered to pay practising licence fees.
It’s important that you check your employer name is correct in your online profile, particularly if your employer is relicensing on your behalf. Your employer is not be able to add you to their list of employees if you are listed as an employee of another company and have not been removed from that original company. You can update the employer name yourself in your online profile.
If you’re an employer looking for information on how to relicense your employees in bulk, Download the system guide for employers of electrical workers. [PDF, 3 MB] Please note that this guide is currently being reviewed and there might be some minor changes to it for the 2017 round.
Even if you do not require a practising licence this year, you still need to complete the relicensing form. Simply:
Did you know you can print your invoice once you have paid for your registration?
To do this, click on the Invoices’ link from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, and you can view all available invoices.
A view of what this looks like is below: