What is the EWRB?

If you have experience working as an electrician overseas, but are new to the New Zealand electrical industry, then the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) will need to advise you on the assessments you will need to complete before you can get licensed in New Zealand.

Who regulates NZ electricians?

WorkSafe administers the principal laws governing electrical work in New Zealand. These are: Electricity Act 1992. Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Who can issue a COC?

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Only a registered person may issue a COC. Therefore the person must have a licence issued by the Department of Labour. An unregistered person may work at the property, but only under supervision of a registered person.

What is an electrical COC?

A Certificate of Compliance (COC) is a document that verifies that the electrical installations such as the plugs, lights, DBboard, geyser and wiring in a home comply with the legislated requirements as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

How many electricians are there in NZ?

According to the Census, 30,000 electrical workers were employed in New Zealand in 2018.

How do I know if my electrician is qualified?

The simplest way to check an electrician is qualified is to simply ask for their NICEIC registration number and ID card.

Can an electrician certify his own work?

To certify your own work you will need to either join a Government Approved Part P Scheme Provider or work with your local building control.

What are the limitations to what tasks an electrician can legally perform NZ?

PEW an EST is not permitted to carry out.

  • Any work on switchboards.
  • Installation or replacement or rewiring of conductors (all supply conductors, sub-circuits) used in “Works” and electrical installations.
  • Installation of fittings, appliances or equipment that is not a function of maintenance, repair or servicing work.

What is CoC in property?

Sellers are responsible for providing certificates of compliance (CoC), but buyers also need to know what they entail. When you sell a property you need to provide compliance certificates for electrical, gas and electric fence installations before the property can be transferred to the new owner.

Does a CoC expire?

A CoC remains valid for the lifetime of an installation but excludes maintenance items, and if any alterations have been done to the electrical installation, the owner/lessor must obtain a supplementary CoC according to clause 7(4) which states: Where any addition or alteration has been effected to an electrical …

What does the ECA do?

Founded in 1901, the ECA represents contractors who design, install, inspect, test, monitor, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and services.

Is electrician a good career in NZ?

New Zealand has a shortage of trained, qualified electricians, so employment prospects are good. Demand is high in Auckland, where electricians are needed for house building and commercial work.