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Changes to certification of gas and electrical installation work – 1 July 2013

5 March 2013

On 1 July 2013, the new regime for certification of gas and electrical installation work comes into effect. It will extend certification to all gas and electrical installation work, and explicitly recognises both the work through certification of compliance (CoC), and the product of the work, i.e. the resulting installation or part installation, through gas safety certification (GSC) or electrical safety certification (ESC).

To prepare for the new regime for certification of gas and electrical installation work, Energy Safety is coordinating the development of resources for gasfitters and electrical workers, including:

  • the new register for recording details of high risk gasfitting and prescribed electrical work,
  • templates for certificates, and
  • video resources that will help explain the essential elements of the new certification regime.

These resources will become available over the next few months.

To be able to access the register, electrical inspectors and certifying gasfitters, or their delegates, will need to have a login from RealMe, if they do not already have one. Energy Safety has been working with the Electrical Worker Registration Board and the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board to ensure email addresses are up to date so that electrical inspectors and certifying gasfitters can receive up to date information.

Electrical inspectors and certifying gasfitters are encouraged to ensure their respective Board has an up to date email address, as the email address held by the Board will be used to issue a unique code for registration with the register of high risk work.

To make administrative processes simpler through more flexible certification, it will be possible to complete just the GSC or the ESC for simple low risk work. Practitioners will be able to design or customise their own certificates, and store and send them electronically. Energy Safety is working with industry organisations and commercial providers to ensure electronic certificate templates are available.

Work is under way to produce video training resources for gasfitters and electrical workers that will outline how certification works. They will be similar to the video resource developed for the electrical practitioners that can be found in the Publications for Industry section.

More information on certification can be found in the Legislation and Policy section.

Keep an eye on our website and the PGBD website for updates.