What is the minimum standard for operating as an electrically qualified person?

What is the minimum standard for operating as an electrically qualified person?

There are a number of minimum standards required by the electrical industry for you to be considered a competent person to operate within the electrical industry. Some of the standards that need to be met by law are completing your Competency Training for your practicing license (renewed every two years) and proof that you are compliant in Health and Safety.

Other standards that must be met are:

  1. Owning and knowing how to operate test equipment. This means that you should have your own test equipment.
  2. Understand the legal requirements for a Certificate of Compliance / Electrical Safety Certificate and how to complete the documents correctly.


Outside of the legal requirements of industry standards, the industry expects additionally for you to meet the following in order to be considered to meet minimum standards:

  1. All hand tools should be electrically rated for the application of your work. An example of this is a screwdriver insulated to a 1000 volts.
  2. A minimum level of safety equipment and signs for your work environment such as an electrical hazard sign displayed when you are working on live installations.
  3. General equipment such as ladders. You must make sure any ladders you use are correctly rated for weight and use for the work you are doing.
  4. Owning the Electrical Standards you need to operate by.


You cannot consider yourself to be competent electrically qualified person if you do not meet the minimum criteria listed above.