The fact is if your former electrical apprentice doesn’t have their electrician’s licence it can be a big problem for you (the employer) and the (now former) apprentice that can result in prosecution and fines.
Electrical apprentices are deemed by Victorian law to be licensed to undertake electrical installation work under the effective supervision of a licensed electrician for the duration of their apprenticeship and for the 3 months after completion of their apprenticeship.
If they don’t have a licence at the end of that period the law prohibits them from doing electrical installation work full stop. This is not a situation you want to be in.
So what are the options? Essentially there are 3:
- The preferred outcome is for the apprentice to obtain their A Grade licence. This requires successfully completing the on and off the job (trade school) components of their apprenticeship as well as the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment (LEA) before an application for the licence can be made to ESV. Tutorials are available to assist the apprentice is preparing for the assessments.
- A second option is to obtain a Supervised Worker’s Licence which will allow the person to work under the effective supervision of a licensed electrician. However the licence is only issued for a maximum of 3 years and is unlikely to be renewed. To be eligible the person must have completed their apprenticeship and have successfully completed the SWP component of the LEA. While this provides some breathing space, it’s only for 3 years and their electrical work must be under effective supervision.
- Otherwise look for another career. Working unlicensed is illegal for the employer and the worker and undermines safety and the integrity of the trade.