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Update on changes to the certification of gas and electrical installation work
28 March 2013
This is a brief update on what has been happening to implement the changes on certification of gas and electrical installation work that will come into effect on 1 July.
Energy Safety is working with Standards New Zealand, the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) and the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) to produce online video resources for both gasfitters and electrical workers on the new certification regime.
We are currently finalising scripts for both videos, and production will begin in April. We plan to have the videos available to download by early June.
The videos will explain the certification process and clarify the role and responsibilities of gasfitters and electrical workers.
Forms for certification
A number of providers are developing electronic forms of Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) and Safety Certificates (GSCs and ESCs). We expect these forms to become available progressively in the lead up to the new certification regime.
Energy Safety is working on a checklist that will enable anyone developing forms to ensure that they provide for the information required for certification and this will be available on the Energy Safety website shortly.
High risk Database
We are working on the new database for certifying gasfitters and electrical inspectors to record details of high risk gas and electrical installation work. It is intended that the database will be available prior to 1 July and Energy Safety will provide more information on how to access and use it closer to the time.
It is a good idea to keep contact details, including email address, on your Board profile up to date. This will make it easier for Energy Safety and the Boards to provide more information. We will be putting a how-to guide up on the Energy Safety website once the database is available.
Certifying gasfitters and electrical inspectors (or their delegates) will need to have a RealMe logon to access the high risk database.
Here’s some more information on what you will need to do:
Q. I don’t have an RealMe logon – How do you get an RealMe account?
A. When the high risk database is ready, we will send you details on how to access the new database. When you get this invitation, you will be able to create your RealMe account. You don’t need to do anything until the high risk database is ready.
Q. I already have an RealMe logon – will I be able use the same RealMe logon for the high risk database?
A. If you already have an RealMe logon for other government organisations, you will be able use that same RealMe logon for the new high risk database. We will send you details on how to access the high risk database when it is ready and, when you get this invitation, you will be able to logon using your existing RealMe logon. You don’t need to do anything more until the high risk database is ready.