Skills and Training

The VESI has a long history of dedicated training programs designed to constantly demonstrate compliance to standards of work and ongoing competence. Much of this training is based on the legacy of the SECV and has been the subject of continuous improvement, however much is also based on more modern safety practices, such as risk management, auditing and nationally agreed qualification and competencies. It is these processes that allow training to become a cornerstone of our established safety systems. This webpage has been designed as a training information portal for all VESI employers and employees.

Purpose

The purpose of the STRC is to administer the following:

  • Competencies and qualifications for persons accessing an electrical network.
  • Establishment of VESI common training modules.
  • Agreed VESI common Passport entry requirements in the Australian ESI Skills Passport.
  • Representation of the VESI in appropriate Victorian & national forums.
  • A consolidated approach to industry training boards (EPIC) and the Industry Skills Council (EE-OZ) and related national programs

Committee Membership

Membership of the Skills and Training Reference Committee is made up of the following VESI employees:

Network OperatorRepresentative
Ausnet ServicesCecile AllenRebecca FitzgeraldChris Websdale
CitiPower/PowercorPam O'NeillNeil RobertsBrad Murphy
JemenaMark GardinerDavid Wall (Chair)Betty Hui
United EnergyRobert FoordAlex McRobertAdam Beel

Training Matrix and Guidelines

The purpose of the VESI Skills and Training Guideline and Matrix is to:

  • Provide an agreed standard common to all Network operators
  • Specify the minimum Qualification and Competency assessment / Refresher Training requirements for access to the VESI Electrical Networks
  • Provide employers with guidelines for specific types of workers eg Overseas, Interstate and Re-entry
  • Provide an agreed set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria for VESI specified training and where applicable be consistent with Nationally endorsed Competency Standard Units

Please select the required document below:

VESI Skills and Training Guideline VESI Skills and Training Matrix

Vegetation Skills and Training Matrix

The VESI Skills and Training Matrix and the VESI Vegetation Matrix have been updated and aligned with the role requirements in the ESI worker system. The matrices are a guide to the required Qualifications and training to be uploaded into the ESI Worker system for the role/s and tasks to be undertaken. Specific Network Operator access requirements and processes still apply. The training matrices also have the functionality to be downloadable for a specific job role and can be used by companies to complete a training needs analysis. Please follow the steps in the link under extract functionality to download a specific job role, if you are encountering any trouble please read the troubleshooting information.

Matrix - Extract Functionality

The training matrix has the functionality to be downloadable for a specific job role and can be used by companies to complete a training needs analysis. To use the extract functionality click on the extract button and select the job role required. This will then show the competencies for the required role.

Troubleshooting Matrix Extract

Excel will not have the same settings for each computer and therefore you may encounter some issues when trying to extract the matrix. To resolve this issue, there are two scenarios:

Security Warning: if you have a security warning select enable the content, as per the diagram below:

Save the spreadsheet: to allow the extract to run, first save the file on a local drive and then this will enable the requested job roles to be extracted.

Interstate Worker Guideline

In the VESI we support portability of workers through recognition of National Qualifications (or equivalent), National Competency standard Units and the use of the Skills Passport.

Recognising that there is different safety rules, works practices and equipment types across Australia a process for interstate trained workers has been developed to provide guidance on the process for engaging interstate trained workers to undertake works on VESI networks for the following worker categories:

  • Lineworker - Distribution
  • Lineworker - Transmission
  • Substation Electrical Fitter / Mechanics
  • Cable Jointer

Interstate Worker Guideline

Overseas Worker Guideline

Established pathways exist in Victoria for people trained in Australia who are seeking to gain the minimum qualifications to be allowed to work in the VESI. However, similar processes for overseas trained workers have been unclear and inconsistent.

A Guideline has been developed to provide guidance on the process for engaging overseas trained workers to undertake works on VESI networks for the following worker category:

  • Lineworker - Distribution
  • Lineworker - Transmission
  • Substation Electrical Fitter / Mechanics
  • Cable Jointer
  • Protection Tester

Please note that an overseas worker must be employed by an employer in the VESI to work under this Guideline.

Overseas Worker Guideline

Network Operator Contacts

Network OperatorRepresentative
Ausnet ServicesRebecca Fitzgerald03 8531 4025Rebecca.Fitzgerald@ausnetservices.com.au<;/a>
CitiPower/PowercorPam O'Neill03 9683 4946poneill@powercor.com.au<;/a>
JemenaJohn Vasilopoulos03 9351 2273john.vasilopoulos@jemena.com.au<;/a>
United EnergyRobert Foord03 8846 9783robert.foord@ue.com.au<;/a>

Skilled and Business Migration Program

The Victorian State Government has a Skilled and Business Migration Program, to learn more about the program click on the link below:

Skilled and Business Migration Program

Re-entry Guideline

It is recognised that due to various reasons including skills shortages that there are workers who apply to work in the VESI after extended absences from supply work in any jurisdication.

A Guideline has been developed to provide the minimum requirement for workers re-entering the workforce after an extended absence of more than five years. The guideline is applicable to the following worker category:

  • Lineworker - Distribution
  • Lineworker - Transmission
  • Substation Electrical Fitter / Mechanics
  • Cable Jointer
  • Protection Tester

Re-entry Guideline

ESI Worker

ESI worker is a program which provides an industry-consistent record of an individual’s training, authorisations and network inductions to work in the Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI). The ESI worker System replaces the paper based Australian ESI Skills Passport.

The ESI Worker system shall apply to all VESI workers who:

  • Hold an authority issued by a Victorian Network Operator; and/or
  • Are required by a Victorian Network Operator to undertake any training and/or assessment for field based activities consistent with the VESI Skills and Training Matrix

NOTE: It may not be a mandatory requirement for a worker to be in the the ESI Worker system for one-off short-term work either under the supervision of authorised workers, or on a greenfield site. Please speak to your Network Operator for specific requirements.

For more ESI Worker information please visit the ESI Worker website. http://esiworker.com.au/

For any Network specific requirements in regards to ESI worker please refer to the appropriate Network Operator Contact.

Lost ESI Worker card

To order a replacement ESI Worker card go to Manage Employees in your ESI worker portal and select, order replacement card.

Network Operator Contacts

Network OperatorRepresentative
Ausnet ServicesRebecca Fitzgerald03 9679 4295rebecca.fitzgerald@ausnetservices.com.au/td>
CitiPower/PowercorPam O'Neill03 9683 4946poneill@powercor.com.au
JemenaJohn Vasilopoulos03 9351 2273john.vasilopoulos@jemena.com.au
United EnergyRobert Foord03 8846 9783robert.foord@ue.com.au

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Electrical Apprentices & Trainees in the VESI are qualified to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Please click on the tabs below to obtain further information on each Electricity Supply Industry career pathway.

All Apprentices and Trainees are required to have:

  • a training contract arranged via an Australian Apprenticeship Centre
  • a training plan developed by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

At all times during the term of an apprenticeship/traineeship, the apprentice/trainee shall be under Direct, General or Broad Supervision as defined in the Supervision Guidelines for each career pathway.

A Code of Good Practice has been developed by the Federal Government to assist employers and apprentice/trainees entering into a Training Contract. The code provides an understanding of each other's obligations and expectations. Please click hereto access further information.

Cable Jointer

Cable Jointers are responsible for the installation, jointing and terminating of underground low and high voltage cables and associated civil activities.

Apprentice Cable Jointers are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Installation, construction and maintenance of low and high voltage underground cables
  • Terminating and jointing of low and high voltage underground cables
  • Fault finding during interruptions to network electricity supply
  • Operating and using plant, equipment and tools associated with the construction and maintenance of the distribution network
  • General duties such as yard work, ground work at job sites, administration, traffic control (where trained) and stores

Qualification obtained and elective units

Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Cable Jointing (UET30812). The qualification consists of a number of core and elective competencies. The electives are agreed by industry and are as follows:

  • Joint and maintain energised low voltage underground polymeric(UETTDRCJ28A)
  • Perform straight through high voltage paper insulated to polymeric transition joint (UETTDRCJ25A)
  • Locate faults in power system underground power cables(UETTDRIS58A)
  • Perform low voltage field switching operation to a given schedule (UETTDRIS43A)
  • Inspect overhead poles/structures and electrical apparatus (UETTDRDP11A)
  • Install and maintain power system public lighting (UETTDRIS53A)

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

4 years

Apprentice Supervision Guideline

The Apprentice Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Cable Jointer Apprentice who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Cable Jointer Apprentice Supervision Guideline

VESI Technical Training evidence guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist the employer to understand where the VESI Technical Training aligns completely or partially to the unit of competence in the Qualification and to provide guidance to the RTO on the evidence required upon successful completion of a competency.

The guide aligns VESI Technical Training requirements where applicable to the Cable Jointer Qualification Units of Competence and specifies the required evidence including Statement of Results, Statement of Attainment to be provided by the RTO.

Cable Jointer - VESI Technical Training evidence guide

Electrician (Substation)

Electrician (Substation) are responsible for the installation and maintenance of electrical switchgear, substations and associated equipment.

Apprentice Electrician (Substation) are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Select, install and maintain low and high voltage electrical equipment and cables in substations pertaining to the electricity distribution system
  • Locate faults and commission low and high voltage electrical equipment and cables in substations pertaining to the electricity distribution system
  • Operate and use plant, equipment and tools associated with the construction and maintenance of the distribution network
  • General duties such as yard work, ground work at job sites, administration, traffic control (where trained) and stores

Qualification obtained

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811)

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

4 years

Apprentice Supervision Guideline

The Apprentice Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Electrician (Substation) Apprentice who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Electrician (Substation) Apprentice Supervision Guideline

Lineworkers (E2L)

Lineworkers (E2L) are responsible for the construction and maintenance of electricity distribution and the installation and maintenance of associated equipment.

Apprentice Lineworkers (E2L) are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Construct, maintain and repair overhead assets to agreed network standards
  • Operate and use plant, equipment and tools associated with the construction and maintenance of the network
  • Replacement of meters, load control and distributors equipment on customer s installations
  • Installation and maintenance of street lighting
  • Switching and operating work associated with low and high voltage network assets where authorized and in accordance with network procedures
  • General duties such as yard work, ground work at job sites, administration, traffic control (where trained) and stores

Qualification obtained and elective units

Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead (UET30612). The qualification consists of a number of core and elective competencies. The electives are agreed by industry and are as follows:

  • Install and maintain power system public lighting (UETTDRIS53A)
  • Install and replace power system energy meters and associated equipment (UETTDRIS60A)
  • Perform low voltage field switching operation to a given schedule (UETTDRIS43A)
  • Install and maintain low voltage underground services (UETTDRIS55A)

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

2 years

Apprentice Supervision Guideline

The Apprentice Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Lineworker (E2L) Apprentice who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Lineworker (E2L) Apprentice Supervision Guideline

Mapping of VESI Technical Training to Qualification

The purpose of this mapping guide is to assist the employer to understand where the VESI Technical Training aligns completely or partially to the unit of competence in the Qualification and to provide guidance to the RTO on the evidence required upon successful completion of a competency.

The Mapping Guide aligns VESI Technical Training requirements where applicable to the Lineworker Qualification Units of Competence and specifies the required evidence including Statement of Results, Statement of Attainment and Skills Passport entries to be provided by the RTO to the employer.

Apprentice Lineworker - Mapping of VESI Technical Training to Qualification

Lineworkers Distribution

Lineworkers are responsible for the construction and maintenance of electricity distribution and the installation and maintenance of associated equipment.

Apprentice Lineworkers are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Construct, maintain and repair overhead assets to agreed network standards
  • Operate and use plant, equipment and tools associated with the construction and maintenance of the network
  • Replacement of meters, load control and distributors equipment on customer s installations
  • Installation and maintenance of street lighting
  • Switching and operating work associated with low and high voltage network assets where authorized and in accordance with network procedures
  • General duties such as yard work, ground work at job sites, administration, traffic control (where trained) and stores

Qualification obtained and elective units

Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead (UET30612). The qualification consists of a number of core and elective competencies. The electives are agreed by industry and are as follows:

  • Install and maintain power system public lighting (UETTDRIS53A)
  • Install and replace power system energy meters and associated equipment (UETTDRIS60A)
  • Perform low voltage field switching operation to a given schedule (UETTDRIS43A)
  • Install and maintain low voltage underground services (UETTDRIS55A)

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

4 years

Apprentice Supervision Guideline

The Apprentice Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Lineworker Apprentice who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Lineworker Distribution Apprentice Supervision Guideline

VESI Technical Training evidence guide

The purpose of this mapping guide is to assist the employer to understand where the VESI Technical Training aligns completely or partially to the unit of competence in the Qualification and to provide guidance to the RTO on the evidence required upon successful completion of a competency.

The guide aligns VESI Technical Training requirements where applicable to the Lineworker Qualification Units of Competence and specifies the required evidence including Statement of Results, Statement of Attainment to be provided by the RTO.

Apprentice Lineworker - VESI Technical Training evidence guide

Transmission Lineworkers

Transmission Lineworkers are responsible for the erection of towers, poles, structures and associated hardware including the installation and maintenance of conductors and cables. Inspection procedures for overhead structures and electrical apparatus are also included.

Apprentice Transmission Lineworkers are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Install and maintain poles, structures, overhead conductors and cables
  • Erect power systems transmission structures and associated hardware
  • Maintain power systems transmission structures and associated hardware
  • Install and maintain overhead transmission conductors and cables
  • Inspect overhead structures and electrical apparatus
  • Test and verify transmission overhead installations
  • Operate and use plant, equipment and tools associated with the construction and maintenance of the network

Qualification obtained

Qualification obtained

Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Transmission Overhead (UET30512.

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

4 years

Apprentice Supervision Guideline

The Apprentice Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Lineworker Apprentice who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Lineworker Transmission Apprentice Supervision Guideline

Protection Tester (Electrical)

Protection Tester (Electrical) are responsible for maintaining, testing and operating low and high voltage protection and control equipment.

Trainee Protection Testers (Electrical) are required to participate in a variety of field activities which include:

  • Metering practices
  • Calibrate metering devices in or out of test
  • Installation and maintenance of field devices –i.e Automatic
  • Circuit Reclosers, remote control gas switches and testing of underground cable circuits
  • Commissioning and fault finding of secondary protection and control devices within zone substations
  • Qualification obtained

Qualification obtained

Advanced Diploma of ESI - Power Systems (UET60212). The qualification consists of a number of core and elective competencies.

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

4 years

Trainee Supervision Guideline

The Trainee Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Protection Tester (Electrical) Trainee who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the apprentice in terms of safety and competency development.

Protection Tester Trainee Supervision Guideline

Vegetation Management

Vegetation management workers are responsible for the operational role of planning and carrying out vegetation control at and above ground level near live electrical apparatus.

Trainee Vegetation Management workers are required to participate in a variety of field activities which may include:

  • Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • Monitor safety compliance of vegetation control work in an ESI environment
  • Plan the removal of vegetation up to vegetation exclusion zone near live electrical apparatus
  • Felling trees
  • Using climbing techniques to cut vegetation above ground near live electrical apparatus
  • Operate specialist equipment at ground level near live electrical apparatus

Qualification obtained

Qualification obtained

Certificate II in ESI - Powerline Vegetation Control (UET20312). The qualification consists of a number of core and elective competencies relevant to the role being performed.

Further information on the competency standard units within the qualification can be viewed by clicking on this link

Timeframe (Nominal) for completion

2 years

Trainee Supervision Guideline

The Trainee Supervision Guideline has been developed to assist both employers and the Vegetation Management Trainee who enters into a training contract, to understand the obligations and expectations in regards to workplace supervision, taking into consideration the welfare of the trainee in terms of safety and competency development.

Vegetation Trainee Supervision Guideline

Supervision Guidelines (All)

Qualification Evidence

All personnel shall be Qualified for the functional role they are undertaking. All Qualifications should meet the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) requirements or equivalent.

Qualification evidence for Victorian trained Lineworkers

Lineworkers who apply to work on a VESI Network are required to submit evidence of a qualification. As there have been various systems over the years, qualification evidence can exhibit a great deal of variation. Such variations may include the descriptive text, the overall appearance and the approving authority. The qualification (along with current refresher training), is the primary item of evidence that allows a Network Operator to approve a Lineworker for network access. To determine whether the qualification evidence is acceptable, this guide has been created to illustrate acceptable forms of evidence along with explanatory notes.

Lineworker Qualification Evidence

Application for the reissue of your Apprentice completion certificate

If you have completed your apprenticeship afterthe year 2000, complete the following steps:

  • Telephone Apprenticeship Administration Line (VRQA) who can provide replacement evidence in the form of a letter confirming completion of apprenticeship or traineeships on 1300 722 603 from 10.00am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Contact your RTO where you completed your trade and ask for a copy of your Statement of Results eg. if a Lineworker contact Federation Training on 03 9251 3000.

If you have completed your apprentice in or beforethe year 2000 click hereclick here to access the application form to be submitted to VRQA.

Online Refresher Training

The VESI Skills and Training Reference Committee (STRC) have partnered with Energy Space to develop an online refresher training course for VESI Enter Enclosures training. This course has been piloted in the Industry and after successful completion is now available for use by all Contractors and Network Operators.

Employers still have the choice of how the refresher training is delivered eg. online or engage a training provider.

The online course is divided into four sections and at the end of each section the worker will be asked to complete an online assessment. The assessment comprises of various types of questions, eg true/false, multiple choice . During the assessment, we encourage workers to reference the Green Book. A worker must achieve 100% of questions answered correctly to successfully complete the online course. There is no time limit for completing the course.

The cost of the course is $30 per person and, upon successful completion, a certificate is generated immediately for printing. The certificate must be provided to your Network Operator for the re-issue of aNetwork Authority. The online course certificate will be recognised by all Network Operators in the VESI.

As an employer, you will be able to report on the course completions for your employees and download a copy of the certificate for your records.

Energy Space will provide an Employer Booklet and an Online Learner Booklet. Both documents provide a step-by-step guide on how to register, enrol, complete the course etc.

  • The online training can not be used for initial training;
  • The cost of the training is to be paid by the employer and Energy Space will provide an invoice monthly for all enrolments;
  • As the course is delivered online, the worker will be required to update their ESI Skills Passport upon successful completion;
  1. The online training can not be used for initial training;
  2. The cost of the training is to be paid by the employer and Energy Space will provide an invoice monthly for all enrolments;
  3. As the course is delivered online, the worker will be required to update their ESI Skills Passport upon successful completion;

VESI Lineworker Rigging (VLR)

Since 1995 VESI Lineworkers have been working under a WorkSafe issued exemption to allow them to perform their Lineworker role without a requirement to hold a rigging high risk work licence.

In May 2015, the VESI Network Operators commenced discussions with WorkSafe that resulted in a new exemption being gazetted on August 17, 2017. To view the exemption please go to the following link http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2017/GG2017S276.pdf

The VESI Lineworker Rigging exemption describes that Lineworkers will:

  • Hold a current dogging high risk work licence (DG)
  • Be a qualified Lineworker (or an apprentice)
  • Carry an ESI passport (This has now been replaced by the ESI worker card)
  • Have access to a copy of the VESI Field Worker Handbook (FWHB)
  • Complete training and/or assessment according to the categories described in the exemption prior to undertaking Linework in the VESI or hold a current Riggers Advanced high risk work licence (RA)

The training and/or assessment to be delivered is dependent on the experience level of each Lineworker. The following Categories, experience levels and training and assessment requirements have been agreed with WorkSafe:

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5
Apprentice Years 1 – 2 Apprentice Years 3 – 4 or Trade Qualified Lineworkers with less than 3 years’ work experience in the ESI and who do not hold a HRW Rigging Licence Trade Qualified Lineworker with between 3 - 5 years’ work experience in the ESI and who do not hold a HRW Rigging Licence Trade Qualified with more than 5 years’ work experience in the ESI, or trade qualified and hold a HRW Rigging Licence Basic or Intermediate Trade Qualification and HRW Rigging Advanced Licence
Training is embedded and delivered as part of the apprenticeship in the following units of competence from and including 2018 UETTDRIS41 – Install network infrastructure electrical equipment; and UETTDRIS52 – Install and maintain poles, structures and associated hardware; and UETTDRIS54 – Install and maintain poles, structures and overhead conductors and cables Lineworkers in this category will be required to complete the theory and practical training on the following VESI training modules. VLR Module 1 – Rigging Equipment VLR Module 2 – Electrical Plant VLR Module 3 – Poles VLR Module 4 – Conductors VLR Module 5 – Crossarms VLR Module 6 – Stays VLR Module 7 – Demolition Lineworkers in this category will be required to complete the theory assessment on the following VESI training modules. VLR Module 1 – Rigging Equipment VLR Module 2 – Electrical Plant VLR Module 3 – Poles VLR Module 4 – Conductors VLR Module 5 – Crossarms VLR Module 6 – Stays VLR Module 7 – Demolition Lineworkers in this category will be required to complete a skills verification. Contact your Network operator for the requirements to undertake the skills verification assessment The skills verification must be recorded in the ESI worker system No training or assessment required
Evidence is in the form of a Transcript of Results in the ESI Worker system Evidence is in the form of Certificate of Completion outlining the VLR Modules successfully completed and uploaded in the ESI Worker system Evidence is in the form of Certificate of Completion outlining the VLR Modules successfully completed and uploaded in the ESI Worker system Evidence of successful completion of Rigging skills verification uploaded in the ESI Worker system Evidence of current high risk work licence as Rigging Advanced (RA) and uploaded in the ESI Worker system

An information booklet has been created to support Lineworkers undertaking VESI Rigging which has comprehensive information and diagrams available.

Victorian Lineworker Rigging Course Book

Vegetation Management

The Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) has developed a Vegetation Management Guideline to establish industry standards for Vegetation Management workers in the VESI.

The purpose of the guideline is to establish the principles applicable to safe vegetation management work for workers working under the control of the VESI Distribution Networks in the vicinity of the Network Operator assets. This guideline is intended to:

  • provide an agreed standard common to all VESI Network Distribution Operators;
  • assist in the safety of vegetation management workers and the general public;
  • specify the minimum standards required for mobile plant, tools and equipment used in vegetation management work;
  • provide the basic technical material necessary for Network Operators and Service Providers to develop work procedures and related training

Vegetation Management Guideline