New Competency Programme for Licensed Workers
As you may be aware, the content of what was commonly known as a "refresher course" has changed significantly from the 1 February 2012.
No longer is the refresher an attendance only course, as a registered electrical worker you will now need to prove your competency before being allowed to renew your practising license for the year. This includes being able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of testing procedures and supervision of trainees for all electrical workers.
Below is an extract of the new subjects for proving competency:
- Supervision of trainees
- Earthing requirements as listed in AS/NZS 3000:2007
- The installation, operation and testing of residual current devices (RCCB, RCBO, SRCD and PRCD)
- Prospective short circuit currents
- Testing and certification as listed in AS/NZS 3000:2007, AS/NZS 3760:2010 and the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010
- First Aid and CPR
ECANZ has developed, in conjunction with etco*, a course which fulfils the Registration Boards requirements.
- This course covers the First Aid and CPR requirements as well as the competency requirements above. Safe working practices has now been removed from the prescribed requirements.
- CPR and First Aid must be taught as part of the course
ECANZ is offering two courses:
- Standard ECANZ Course – No practical examination (4Hrs) $110.00/pp
- Advanced ECANZ Course – Includes testing an installation to AS/NZS3000 S8 with your own test gear. This is a great way to prove to yourself that you are testing correctly. (5Hrs) $150.00/pp
The old testing course offered by ECANZ no longer meets the Registration Boards requirements as a refresher course on its own. This course is now included in the Advanced ECANZ Course.
More information regarding the prescribed requirements can be found on the Electrical Workers Registration Board website http://www.ewrb.govt.nz/content/training.html
This is now a mandatory requirement for all electrical workers who need to complete their refresher courses this year.
Bookings will be available through the ECANZ website from the 5 March. You can book directly via the website or contact your local branch.