In Victoria, an A-Grade Electrician is a person licensed to carry out and sign off on electrical work.

ITA Electrical on 14 December 2016

Why you should always use an A-Grade Electrician

A-Grade Electricians are fully qualified electrical professionals. They are licensed to work unsupervised and to sign off on all electrical works on behalf of a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC).

Choose A-Grade Licensed Electricians and you get:

  • A qualified electrical professional
  • The highest standards of electrical safety
  • A fully insured service provider

When it comes to your home or business' electrical wiring, it's never worth taking chances.

By employing an A-Grade Electrician, you can rest assured, knowing that the electrical systems in your property have been properly and safely installed by a licensed professional.

To book an A-Grade Electrician now, contact ITA Electrical online or call 03 9761 8700

Ask: what is your licence number?

All A-Grade Licensed Electricians are issued with an individual licence number.

This licence number identifies your electrician as a registered and qualified service provider. It also entitles them to perform all electrical work without supervision in Victoria.

If an electrician cannot produce a licence number upon request, then they may not be licensed. In which case, you should not contract them.

Get a Certificate of Electrical Safety

In Victoria, a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) must be provided within 30 calendar days of electrical installation work being carried out. This is to ensure compliance with:

Not providing a Certificate of Electrical Safety and not complying with the requirements outlined in these documents can result in fines and disciplinary action against electricians.

Therefore, your A-Grade Electrician should provide you with a Certificate of Electrical Safety upon completion of work.

If they do not, contact them and insist that one be provided.

Should they refuse, you can raise a complaint with Energy Safe Victoria.

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A-Grade vs. ES-Grade Licensed Electricians

ES-Grade licences are only available to people who have been 'grandfathered' through previous regulations and licensing regimes. This typically includes holders of B-Grade or RB-Grade licences.

Electricians of this grade are permitted to carry out electrical work. However, they must be supervised by an A-Grade Electrician. Additionally, they cannot sign-off on their own work.

This same rule applies for those with a Supervised Worker's Licence (L Licence).

While ES-Grade and L-Grade Electricians can carry out your electrical work, an A-Grade Electrician must be in attendance. So, it's often simpler to instead just hire A-Grade Licensed Electricians.

Licences which require A-Grade supervision:

  • ES-Grade
  • Formerly B-Grade
  • Formerly RB-Grade
  • L-Grade
  • Apprentice electricians

Obtaining an A-Grade Licence

Becoming an A-Grade Electrician can take anywhere between 4 and 5 years.

To gain an A-Grade Licence, an electrician will typically:

1. Complete a 4 Year Apprenticeship
To become qualified A-Grade Licensed Electricians, workers must complete a 4 year apprenticeship, which includes at least 12 months experience carrying out electrical installation work.

2. Pass a Licensed Electricians Assessment (LEA)
A Licensed Electricians Assessment is an examination conducted by an independent organisation which has been approved by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV).

3. Hold a Certificate III in Electro-technology, Electrician
This certificate is awarded upon the completion of a relevant course in the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment in Victoria.

An A-Grade licence can, in some circumstances, be obtained via other pathways. However, what is outlined above is the most common way to achieve this qualification.

"When you choose an A-Grade Electrician you know you're getting a qualified professional."

Searching for an A-Grade Electrician?

At ITA Electrical, all of our fully qualified Electricians are A-Grade licensed.

They are experienced in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical work, and they will ensure your electrical installation or maintenance is carried out to the highest standards.

We always:

  • Provide A-Grade Licence Numbers upon request
  • Supply a Certificate of Electrical Safety
  • Back our work with a 2 year workmanship warranty

We deliver prompt and reliable electrical work, every time. Our A-Grade Licensed Electricians are experts in electrical services. They never compromise on quality, workmanship, or most importantly safety.

Find out more about ITA Electrical online or by calling 03 9761 8700