FAQ

SPLIT SYSTEMS

Units of Competency

Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
Document and apply measurements to control OHS risks with electrotechnology work
Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems
Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants – split systems
Participate in environmentally sustainable practices
Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
Maintain documentation
  • Risk assessments and tool box talks
  • Cutting, deburring and flaring pipe
  • Bending and brazing copper
  • Soldering
  • Pressure testing and vacuuming systems out
  • Reclaiming refrigerant to a cylinder
  • Mounting air conditioning indoor and outdoor units to walls
  • Introducing refrigerant from a cylinder to simulate systems with extended pipe runs
  • Get up to date with current regulations and standards
  • Best practices to follow when installing splits systems
  • Learn and understand the additional requirements when installing and decommissioning R32 systems
  • Learn about drainage requirements for condensate water and best practices when using condensate pumps
  • Care and maintenance of your tools and equipment
  • The course is very comprehensive and covers off on all the practical skills you need to install and decommission a split system air conditioner up to 18kW
Restricted Heat Pump – Split Systems – Installation and Decommissioning (Splits) Licence The holder of a restricted ‘Splits’ licence is qualified to;
  • Work with a single head split system air conditioners of less than 18kW cooling capacity
  • Undertake installation, including running the pipe work of a single head split system air conditioner
  • Introduce additional refrigerant when required on extended pipe runs during installation only
  • Commission the system after installation is completed
  • Undertake removal of refrigerant from the system prior to decommissioning
You will need to make payment prior to your practical course

No. You will complete your online theory from home in your own time. It is self-paced and can be accessed anytime via your phone, iPad or computer device.

Once you have successfully completed all of your online theory, completed all tasks associated with the course and paid in full your certificate will be emailed and posted to you.

Some states require additional licences to be obtained. Please see below.


QLD:

Can do work up to $3300 without any additional requirements. Work over $3300 requires a licence through QBCC which can only be obtained by a Cert III licence holder.


VIC:

Students in Victoria are required to obtain a VBA Registration/Licence to carry out the work. There are two types of licences students can apply for with the VBA:
  • Registration to work under an employer’s licence
  • A licence to be a licenced practitioner. A licenced practitioner is able to certify their own work
Please note at this point in time apprentices are not able to obtain a VBA licence until their apprenticeship is complete.


SA:

Students in South Australia are required to obtain a CBS licence to carry out the work. There are two types of licences you can apply for with the CBS:
  • Air Conditioning Installation limited to wall or ground mounted Split Systems
  • Air Conditioning Installation (all air conditioning installation)

All plumbers, gas fitters and builders will need to undergo a 30 minute interview regardless of which builders licence is applied for.

Electricians can apply for Air Conditioning Installation limited to wall or ground mounted split systems without an interview, however will only be able to do wall and ground mounted split systems.

Electricians that apply for a builders licence for all air conditioning installations will be required to undertake a 30 minute.

Please note at this point in time all apprentices are not able to obtain a CBS licence until their apprenticeship is complete.


NSW:

Students in NSW are required to hold a Certificate III in Refrigeration or work under someone who holds a Certificate III in order to carry out the work.

The Certificate III is an apprenticeship level qualification and not offered by Get Skilled Training. More information can be found regarding this at the NSW Office of Fair Trading.

RESTRICTED ELECTRICAL

Units of Competency

Apply Work Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace. 

Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies (Test and Tag). 

Disconnect – reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring. 

Locate and rectify faults in low voltage (LV)electrical equipment using set procedures.

Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single 230 Volt supply. 

Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000V a.c. or 1500V d.c. supply.

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

Perform rescue from a live LV panel.

Yes, A training permit must be obtained from the Electrical Safety Office before commencing the practical component of this course. 

No, you may only undertake electrical work that is outlined on the scope of your licence which may allow you to disconnect and reconnect cabling from electrical equipment, attached plugs and cords and fault find and replace components within the scope of your trade calling. 

No, you may only undertake units of competency that the ESO approves on your training permit. When you enrol and complete the documentation step on your profile, our administration team will set up the units required for your trade background.

Yes, we run refresher courses to ensure you are up to date with safe work practices including isolation procedures, mandatory testing and other safety procedures. Our training team can also provide information regarding relevant Australian standards, risk assessments, tools and equipment that is suitable to undertake this work.

Approximately 6-8 weeks depending on your electrical work permit, online and face to face training and assessment as well as post course logbooks. All students are required to obtain a electrical work permit with the electrical safety office (ESO) to attend the practical course which can take 2-3 weeks to obtain. In the meantime, students can get started on the online theory in preparation for the face to face course.

Get Skilled Training will issue the Statement of Attainment for the units completed as soon as all course components including theory, practical and logbooks are completed and all course fees have been paid. We will also issue Form 39 – Completion statement by RTO and employer form to the electrical safety office (ESO) after the statement of attainment is issued to you.

Students should complete this restricted electrical licencing course within 6 months.

Get Skilled Training is dedicated to providing quality training to ensure you get the most out of the course and come away with new skills. Our difference is the reason why people who require a restricted electrical licence for their work choose us.

  • Our trainers have 20+ years of industry experience within the electrical industry
  • Our class sizes are kept small and have a great student to trainer ratio – 1 to 6 for restricted electrical and 1 to 8 for test and tag so you can the most out of the course.
  • Our restricted electrical course is catered so you can enjoy delicious food while you train and enjoy the learning process.  
  • We only use quality training tools and equipment so you can undertake work safely and our electrical fault simulators will prepare you for the real world.
  • When you complete the course, you leave with the information and skills you need to know to undertake the job in the field including safe work procedures, tool and equipment lists.

Once you enrol with Get Skilled Training, you can start the online theory when you are ready while you wait for your training permit with the ESO to be approved. Our friendly administration is here to guide you through the application process with the Electrical Safety Office to apply for your permit and your restricted electrical licence.

TEST AND TAG

Units of Competency

Apply Work Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace. 

Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies (Test and Tag). 

A person who is appointed as ‘competent’ by their employer can test and tag. A competent person is someone who has acquired, through training, qualifications, experience (or a combination of these) the knowledge and skill required to carry out testing and tagging.

Therefore, you do not need an electrical licence to test and tag the electrical equipment within your own workplace. Instead, you can undertake UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies to gain the necessary training with Get Skilled Training.

However, if you want to conduct test and tag as a business in Queensland, you must apply for a Restricted Electrical Contractor’s licence through the Electrical Safety Office (ESO). This may require extra training in a business unit such as BSBESB402 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures.

Tests on portable appliances can be conducted using a PAT, Multimeter or Insulation Resistance tester; however these meters don’t take into account any damage to the earth connection or conductor and hence could be considered less effective than other methods of measuring earth resistance.

Often a leakage test is required and neither a multimeter or IR tester is capable of conducting this test.

According to AS/NZS 3760, for equipment that contains single phase motors, or if an insulation test fails due to the presence of internal components such as LEDs, the leakage current test is the preferred option.

If the equipment must be energized to close or operate a switching device in order to test the insulation, then the leakage current test shall be performed.

If you want to do a complete test to verify the electrical safety of a portable appliance, a multimeter does not have the capability to test the leakage current of an appliance so a PAT should be used.

An employer in control of a workplace will require all portable electrical appliances in the workplace to be tested to ensure it complies with the WHS regulations and AS/NZS 3760:2010. If the phone is the property of the business, it is best practice to test these appliances to reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock and be sure each item is electrically safe.

Other items such as personal fans and heaters should be tested if they are used in the workplace even if they are owned by an employee. Employers may have a policy that no personal portable appliances can be brought into the workplace for safety due to electrical safety risk.

When testing a desktop computer the two IEC cords, the CPU and the monitor all need to be tested. 

The CPU is a class I piece of equipment, meaning it is earthed. 

The monitor is also a Class I piece of equipment.

For the CPU and monitor, the following tests must be performed:

  • Visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current.

Link to explanatory video below:

The nationally accredited test and tag qualification consists of two competencies:

UEECD0007 – Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies

Undertaking this course will give you the skills to be a ‘competent’ person when it comes to test and tagging equipment.

No, however there are various businesses that offer test and tag services. If you’d like to undertake test and tag in your workplace, you may be able to complete UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies to gain the required experience.

In Queensland workplaces are divided into seven different classes:

In the rest of Australia:

For an extension lead the following tests must be performed:

  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity test
  • Insulation resistance test
  • Polarity test.

Link to explanatory video below:

Portable RCD plug top:

The tests that must be conducted on a portable RCD plug top include:

  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Leakage current
  • RCD

EPOD with RCD:

Electrical tests that must be conducted on an EPOD include:

  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity (to every socket outlet)
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current
  • A polarity test to each side of the device
  • RCD test (if applicable)

Electrical tests must be conducted on every socket outlet contained in an EPOD.

If the EPOD contains an inbuilt RCD, a leakage current test should be conducted.

During the leakage current test a SAFE appliance should be plugged into the EPOD as a load to confirm there is no internal shorts within the RCD.

A ‘competent’ person can test and tag. A competent person is someone who has acquired, through training, qualifications, experience (or a combination of these) the knowledge and skill required to carry out testing and tagging.

The nationally accredited test and tag qualification consists of two competencies:

UEECD0007 – Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies

Undertaking this course will give you the skills and knowledge to become a ‘competent’ person to perform test and tagging. Therefore, you do not need an electrical licence to test and tag the electrical equipment within your own workplace. Instead, you can undertake UEECD0007 and UEERL0003 to gain the necessary training.

However, if you want to conduct test and tag as a business in Queensland, you must apply for a Restricted Electrical Contractor’s licence through the ESO. This may require extra training in a business unit such as BSBESB402.

The nationally accredited test and tag qualification consists of two competencies:

UEECD0007 – Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies

Undertaking this course allows you to gain the knowledge and skills to be a ‘competent’ person with regards to test and tag.

Yes. An electrician is considered to be a ‘competent’ person for testing and tagging. Electrical workers still may undertake UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies as a refresher to get up to date with leakage testing methods and current industry requirements in relation to frequency of testing.

  1. Press the inbuilt test button – the RCD should trip.
  2. Use a PAT tester to test the tripping time at x 0.5, x 1 and x 5 the tripping current at both 0 and 180 degrees.

On seek test and tag jobs are paying approximately $45,000 to $55,000 p/a.

Yes. You do not need an electrical licence to test and tag the electrical equipment within your own workplace. Instead, you can undertake UEERL0003 – Conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies to gain the necessary training.

However, if you want to conduct test and tag as a business in Queensland, you must apply for a Restricted Electrical Contractor’s licence through the ESO. This may require extra training in a business unit such as BSBESB402 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures.

If you are undertaking the test and tag course with Get Skilled Training our assessments are conducted with a blend of online exam questions and face to face practical exercises.

For the online exams, you must answer each question correctly or you will be taken back to the start of the exam.

For the face to face practicals you must safely test and tag eight different items of electrical equipment.

UEECD0007 and UEERL0003 do not expire.

However, it is important that your test and tag skills and knowledge remain current. This includes keeping updated with any changes to the legislation or Australian standards such as AS/NZS 3760. 

Completing an online ‘refresher’ test and tag course is one way to maintain currency. Speak to the team at Get Skilled Training to undertake a refresher course today.

A portable appliance tester (or PAT) is a machine that is specially designed to test the safety of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies.

The PAT conducts an automatic test sequence and gives a clear pass/fail indication based on the type of equipment. 

Different PAT’s have different characteristics, often depending on their price.

All basic PAT’s can conduct:

  • class I testing
  • class II testing
  • extension lead testing.

Leakage testing is also mandatory for some types of equipment.  A leakage current test is required for single phase motors and equipment with internal switches.

Some PAT testers can also conduct leakage testing.


Some appliances (class II – also called double insulated appliances) do not require an earth conductor. Double insulated appliances, as the name suggests, have a double layer of insulation.

Class II, or double insulated appliances, are designed to make sure no live wire can touch the outer casing.

Even if a live wire becomes loose, it limits the chance of a person getting an electric shock, because the wire cannot touch the outer casing due to the appliance being insulated.

Double insulated appliances will only have two pins, one for the active conductor and one for the neutral conductor. They will also have a special symbol designating them as double insulated.

Double insulated appliances should not be earthed. If the appliance is earthed, this introduces the possibility of a shock hazard.

Class II equipment may have the following tests conducted on them:

  • Visual inspection
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current

A TV is a Class II piece of equipment.

Class II (also called double insulated appliances) do not require an earth conductor. Double insulated appliances, as the name suggests, have a double layer of insulation.

Class II, or double insulated appliances, are designed to make sure no live wire can touch the outer casing.

Even if a live wire becomes loose, it limits the chance of a person getting an electric shock, because the wire cannot touch the outer casing due to the appliance being insulated.

Double insulated appliances will only have two pins, one for the active conductor and one for the neutral conductor. They will also have a special symbol designating them as double insulated.

The amount of items that can be PAT tested in one day depends on the location and the access to the equipment. As a general guide, an experienced PAT tester can PAT test up to 200 items in an office environment and up to 100 in an industrial environment. This will be on the higher end if the items to be tested are laid out for the tester. However, if the PAT tester is required to locate the items themselves, the amount of items that can be tested in a day will be much less. to be tested. 

Three phase testing often requires specialised adaptors and equipment.

When testing and tagging a three phase lead the following tests should be conducted:

  • Visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current
Microwaves are class I appliances. The tests that must be conducted on a microwave include:
  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current.
  A specialised microwave leakage detector should also be used when testing microwave ovens. Australian Standard AS/NZS 60335.2.25:2011 Household and similar electrical appliances—Safety Part 2.25: Particular requirements for microwave ovens including combination microwave ovens should be referenced when testing microwaves. To conduct a microwave leakage test, attach the spacer to the microwave leakage detector and zero the meter. Press the ‘MAX’ button to record the highest leakage reading. Place a cup of water in the microwave and set it to run for 1 to 2 minutes. Run the leakage tester along the seals and front of the microwave. The reading must be below 5mW / cm2. Place a tag on the microwave after testing.

Fridges are class I appliances.

The tests that must be conducted on a fridge include:

  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current.
For an extension lead the following tests must be performed:
  • A visual inspection
  • Earth continuity test
  • Insulation resistance test
  • Polarity test.
 

For IEC leads, the following tests must be performed:

  • Visual inspection
  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity
Class I Class I adaptors have an encapsulated earth. This means there is no easily accessible earthed metal. The encapsulated earth setting on the PAT should be selected and the earth reference lead should be clamped to the exposed metal on the plug. The tests that must be conducted on Class I adaptors include:
  • A visual inspection
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current.
Class II The tests that must be conducted on Class II adaptors also include:
  • A visual inspection
  • Insulation resistance
  • Leakage current.