Electrical licence - contractor

There are four electrical licence types:

  1. Electrical practitioner licence
  2. Electrical contractor licence
  3. Electrical restricted licence
  4. Electrical provisional licence

This page has information about electrical contractor licences only. Click on the links above for information about the other electrical licences.

Licence requirement and scope

You need an electrical contractors licence if you are entering into contracts to perform electrical work.

The electrical work that you can contract for is limited to the scope of work that can be performed under your nominated manager’s practitioners licence. More details about nominated managers are below.

If you hold an electrical contractors licence in another State or Territory, you may be eligible to have that licence automatically recognised in Tasmania. The Working as an Electrician in Tasmania - Information for AMR deemed registrations (PDF, 209.8 KB) infosheet has more information on this. This only applies to contractors licences held by individuals, not entities.


Either an individual or an entity (such as a company) can apply for an electrical contractors licence.

To be granted this licence, the applicant needs to meet the eligibility requirements in the Occupational Licensing - Electrical Work Licence Classes Determination (PDF, 457.0 KB)

This includes:

  1. The required public and products liability insurance of at least $5 million (you will need to provide a certificate of currency with your application)
  2. If an entity, provide evidence of registration of the entity
  3. A suitably competent nominated manager who holds an electrical practitioners licence in Tasmania and has completed the required course of training stated in the Determination 2016 - Approved courses electricity, gas, plumbing

How to apply

  1. Read the information on this licence page so you know what to do and what documents to provide
  2. Read the Personal Information Protection Statement
  3. Start your licence application through the My Licence portal:
  4. Apply for a licence Renew a licence

  5. Provide evidence of your nominated manager’s identity (new application only)
  6. Scan and upload a digital copy of the required insurance, entity registration (if applicable) and nominated manager electrical practitioner’s licence details (new application only)
  7. Answer the licence declaration questions (more details below)
  8. Have a credit card ready to pay for your licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop. For current fees, visit our Licence, registration and accreditation fees page.

You will receive notification of your application outcome within 21 days.


If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you will need to provide details and copies of all relevant documentation.

In the last 10 years has the company/business or the owner(s) or Director(s) of the company/business:

  1. Been convicted of an offence of dishonesty or of an offence relating to prescribed work? (If an Infringement Notice relating to prescribed work has been issued to the company/business or to the owner(s) or Director(s), you should tick yes)
  2. Settled a civil action or had a civil judgment given against them in their capacity as a contractor?
  3. Had a licence/registration/certificate relating to prescribed work refused, disqualified, cancelled or suspended?
  4. Had conditions placed on a licence/registration/certificate relating to prescribed work?
  5. Been declared bankrupt, been discharged from bankruptcy, entered into arrangements with creditors or assigned their property to pay debts?
  6. Been subject to a winding up order or had a controller appointed or been placed in receivership, administration or under official management or entered into other arrangements with creditors due to insolvency?
  7. Is the company/business insolvent or in receivership?
  8. Have you ever been either disqualified from holding, or refused an application for, a registration or licence as a trades contractor, or have you had any trades contractor licence or registration cancelled or suspended (including interstate licences, certificates or registrations)?

Working in Tasmania

When performing electrical work in Tasmania, you need to comply with Tasmanian requirements. A Guide - Information for Electrical Contractors and Nominated Managers is available.

Related information

Updated: 15 Sep 2022

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