We know that there will be many questions and we will make sure you get the information you need. Below we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions which we will regularly update.
Q. What trades need to register for a licence?
A. The following qualified trades will be licensed as separate classes on the one licence:
- Distribution & Transmission Lineworkers
- Traction Lineworkers
- Cable Jointers
An additional licence (Traction Restricted) will be issued to those traction workers who are currently authorised by a traction network operator to work supervised by a tradesperson.
Q. What if I have dual trade qualifications?
A. Both classes will be listed on the licence, and when you renew, you will only be required to renew once (at no additional cost).
Q. How long will the licence last?
A. 5 years. When your licence expires you can renew for a new 5-year licence. (to avoid all workers renewing on the same day in 5 years’ time, there may be a staggered renewal we will have more details when this is finalised)
Q. Why do I have to register?
A. It's your licence, that is why we are asking members to register themselves. We know employers are looking at ways to bulk-register their workforces’ information to maintain a licenced workforce, but you will still need to confirm the registration yourself.
Q. What qualification or certificates will I need to produce?
A. We have taken great care to make sure no active lineworker is disadvantaged. If you don’t have or can’t find TAFE or SECC paperwork, the ETU has ensured that ESV will accept other documentation, including from current or past employers. If you are unsure of how to prove your qualification, contact your Organiser.
Q. I can't get the online registration to work?
A. Contact your Organiser, and we can help get you registered with ESV.
Q. I am an apprentice – do I need to register?
A. Apprentices do not need to register until they finish their apprenticeship.
Q. I work in the power industry in a different trade – will I be licenced?
A. At the moment, we have secured licensing for Traction, Distribution and Transmission Lineworkers, and Cable jointers. While this process is being undertaken, your ETU team is already working towards the next package of regulatory reform.
Q. Will this impact the training or professional development I currently do?
A. No. The ETU will be working with industry on the potential for additional professional development and training associated with the licence, but this will develop over the next few years.