Changes to emergency lighting licences

 

As per the diagram below, former emergency lighting licences were transitioned to the electrical stream under the new framework on 1 May 2021. 

Diagram depicting transition of licence classes for emergency lighting

Key changes to former emergency lighting classes

Changes to 'emergency lighting – certify' class

The former ‘emergency lighting – certify’ licence class automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – certify – emergency lighting’ licence class on 1 May 2021.

  • the new ‘certify’ class does not include inspect and test work – if you don’t already hold another licence class allowing this type of work (that is, the relevant ‘inspect and test’ class), you may want to apply for this additional class
  • an upskilling requirement must be completed by all existing ‘emergency lighting – certify’ licensees who automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – certify – emergency lighting’ class – to be completed by 1 May 2027 – see this fact sheet (PDF) for more information about the upskilling requirement.

Changes to 'emergency lighting – inspect and test' class

The former ‘emergency lighting – inspect and test’ licence class has automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – inspect and test – emergency lighting’ licence class from 1 May 2021.  

  • the scope of work has changed –  see the 'Electrical stream' page for more information
  • there is no upskilling requirement for transitioned (former) licensees.   

For more information

See this fact sheet for detailed information about changes to licence classes for emergency lighting + fire detection, alarm & warning systems (PDF).

Former licence classes that have transitioned:

 

 

 

Key change for former licensees (those licenced before 1 May 2021):

  • Changes for licensees who transitioned to the new ‘certify’ classes, include changes to scope of work and upskilling requirements 
  • New definition clarifies that 'emergency lighting' is lighting designed and constructed to show an exit or an evacuation route from a building in the event of a fire and includes associated signage.
  • 'Inspect and test’ class automatically transitioned to the new ‘inspect and test’ class with no change to scope or upskilling requirements.
Changes to former emergency lighting - certify licence class

The former ‘emergency lighting – certify’ licence class automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – certify – emergency lighting’ licence class on 1 May 2021, with the following changes:

  • the new ‘certify’ class does not include inspect and test work – if you don’t already hold another licence class allowing this type of work (that is, the relevant ‘inspect and test’ class), you may want to apply for the additional class
  • an upskilling requirement must be completed by all existing ‘emergency lighting – certify’ licensees who automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – certify – emergency lighting’ class – to be completed by 1 May 2027.
Changes to the former fire detection, alarm and warning systems - certify class
  • the existing ‘fire detection, alarm and warning systems – certify’ licence class automatically transitioned to the new ‘electrical stream – certify – fire alarm systems’ licence class on 1 May 2021 (with NO upskilling requirement)
  • the new ‘certify’ class does not include inspect and test work – if you don’t already hold another licence class allowing this type of work (that is, the relevant ‘install and maintain’ class), you may want to apply for this additional class. nstall and maintain relevant special hazard fire systems

See this fact sheet for detailed information about changes to licence classes for emergency lighting + fire detection, alarm & warning systems (PDF).

Former licence classes that have transitioned: