Competence programmes

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.

To renew a practising licence you must also have passed a Board-approved Competence Programme (course) which includes electrical safety and instruction in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. The course you attend must be relevant to the class of registration you hold, and be within the past two years.

Download the approved Competence Programme provider chart [PDF, 761 KB]

Download the system guide for Competence Programme providers [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Important Notice: Competence Programme Tender - GETS

The tender for the Competence Programme is available on the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS). Please note that the tender type is an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) and not a Registration of Interest (ROI) as earlier advised.

The ITQ can be located on GETS by searching by tender type and is the ITQ called “Electrical Workers Competence Programme”.

(Reference number 613 or RFxID 17969599)

Competence Programme Prescriptions

Guidelines for Delivery of Approved Competence Programmes for Persons Wishing to Uplift Practising Licences [PDF, 384 KB]

Site Audit Checklists are available here for Competence Programme providers.

Competence Programme for Inspectors [PDF, 90 KB]
Competence Programme for Electricians, Installers and Engineers [PDF, 87 KB]
Competence Programme for EAS, EST and Associated Tradespersons [PDF, 88 KB]
Competence Programme for Line Mechanics and Cable Jointers [PDF, 87 KB]

Link to New Zealand Gazette notice relating to competency (external link)

New competency programme for licenced electrical practitioners

The Board has developed a new competency programme to ensure a more consistent delivery of programme content and quality for all licenced electrical practitioners. This new programme will become... Read more about New competency programme for licenced electrical practitioners