News & Views

30th March 2021

Continuous Professional Development starts in 2023

As a follow up to previous updates on the topic, most of you will be well aware that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is heading our way.  Energy Safe Victoria as the regulating body will introduce CPD to maintain safety, competency and compliance in the electrical industry.

NECA Vic has been deeply involved and working hard to help influence and shape the CPD process for the electro-technology industry.  With 3 of our senior technical staff representing NECA members on the Committee and Sub-Committees assisting ESV in ensuring a robust CPD program advocating on your behalf, below is a brief update on the program.

  1. Under the new program, licensed electrical workers will be required to participate in training to ensure they maintain and extend their professional knowledge and skills.  This is consistent with best practice in other licensed industries.  This will include keeping up to date with safety, regulatory and technical developments in the industry.
  2. The CPD training will roll out in two stages and will be a mandatory requirement for most electrical licence renewals. 

Phase 1: Skills Maintenance:  Electrical licence holders will be required to participate in refresher training to ensure they keep up to date with safety, regulatory, technical and other developments relevant to the electrical services industry. The training is expected to be delivered face-to-face, with a duration of up to eight hours per licence class (training requirements will be designed to avoid overlaps between licence classes).

Skills Maintenance training will be developed and trialled in a pilot program prior to roll out. Following successful trials, the Skills Maintenance component will be required for electrical licence renewals from 2023.

Phase 2: Skills Development: This training will develop and expand on licence holders' knowledge and skills in a new or emerging area of interest relevant to the electrical trade.

  1. Please refer to the table below to see if CPD training will applies to you:

License type

Skills Maintenance mandatory  requirement

Skills Development mandatory requirement

Electrician

YES

YES

Electrical Inspector

YES

YES

Electrician (Supervised) (ES)

YES

YES

Supervised License

NO

NO

Switch-gear License

YES

NO

Restricted Electrical License

YES

NO

*Line-worker License

YES

NO

Occupiers License

NO

NO

                *Line-worker license renewals will not commence until 2026

For more information, feel free to read the latest updates via ESV’s dedicated CPD webpage: https://esv.vic.gov.au/cpd or read the summary here