How to Become an Electrician in Australia


In Australia, the career path for an electrician is similar to other countries and involves training, apprenticeship, certification and licensing. Good hand-eye coordination and methodical and technical ability are essential for this job. Excellent eyesight and color vision are also important since electricians must distinguish between color-coded wires.

Things You'll Need

  • License
  • Professional certificates

Training and Certification

  • Select a reputable, accredited school in Australia that teaches the basic skills of becoming an electrician. Online courses are also available but only choose those associated with well-known, reputable institutes. The coursework takes about four years and includes theory and practical applications. For professionals who want to migrate to Australia, contact a visa application specialist. Such companies will manage visa applications on behalf of clients with electrical qualifications and experience.

  • Get certification. Take an exam that will test your mastery of code, general technical knowledge and theory. Passing the exam will give you a competitive edge because employers and contractors in Australia prefer certified electricians.

  • Complete an apprenticeship. Secure apprenticeship in any company or consider apprenticeship under a contractor. Certificate I in Electrotechnology offered in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) campuses around the country will help you get an apprenticeship. Contact Australian Apprenticeship ( for assistance on how obtain apprenticeship. An apprenticeship takes four years.

  • Get licensed. Apply for an electrician's license from your state's electrical registration and licensing authority. A license is offered according to the grade you wish to work in, and you will need a separate license to work in other states or territories. Contact your local electrical registration and licensing authority for details about acquiring your electrician license.

    Here is a list of electrical registration and licensing bodies in the states and territories of Australia:

    Australian Capital Territory
    Building, Electrical and Plumbing Control
    ACT Planning and Land Authority
    Dame Pattie Menzies House
    16 Challis St
    Dickson ACT 2602
    Telephone: 61 2 6207 7775

    New South Wales
    Department of Fair Trading (DFT)
    Home Building Licensing
    Locked Bag A 5020
    Sydney South NSW 1235
    Telephone:133 220

    Northern Territory
    Electrical Workers and Contractors Board
    Electrical Licensing Board
    Ground Floor Cavenagh House
    38 Cavenagh Street
    Darwin NT 0800
    Postal Address:
    GPO Box 1722 Darwin NT 0801
    Telephone: 61 8 8981 5435

    Department of Industrial Relations
    Business and Occupational Licensing
    Postal Address:
    PO Box 820
    Lutwyche Qld 4030
    Telephone: 61 7 3247 4711 or 1300 650 662

    South Australia
    Office of Consumer and Business Affairs
    Business & Occupational Services
    Level 3, Chesser House, 91 - 97 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide SA 5000
    Postal Address:
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide SA 5001
    Telephone: 61 8 8204 9696

    Electricity Standards and Safety
    Postal Address:
    PO Box 56
    Rosny Park Tas. 7018
    Telephone: 61 3 6233 7851

    Energy Safe Victoria
    Level 3, 4 Riverside Quay
    Southbank Vic. 3206
    Postal Address:
    PO Box 262, Collins Street West
    Melbourne Vic. 8007
    Telephone: 1800 815 721

    Western Australia
    Electrical Licensing Board
    20 Southport Street
    West Leederville WA 6007
    Telephone: 61 8 9422 5282

  • Submit job applications. Electrician jobs are available in building, mining, manufacturing, and in energy- and water-supply companies. Be prepared to travel especially if you get placement in a construction company.

  • Set up your business. Purchase electrician tools and equipment if you prefer self employment. Get test equipment, drilling tools, screwdrivers and other materials.

Tips & Warnings

  • After completing your electrician training, keep studying as the field keeps evolving.
  • Stay abreast of new developments in the electrical field.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Australia image by Stefano Maccari from male with his certificate image by Peter Baxter from electrician image by Greg Pickens from Start image by Ludovic LAN from
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

3 Day-to-Night Outfits for the Work Week

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!