Introduction

All workers engaged in electrical work on fixed electrical installations must be registered with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD). The purpose is to ensure that such work is carried out only by qualified electrical workers. Electrical work means the work in relation to the installation, commissioning, inspection, testing, maintenance, modification or repair of a low-voltage or high-voltage fixed electrical installation and includes the supervision and certification of the work and the design of the installation. Examples of fixed electrical installations are distribution boards, wiring installations and lighting fittings, etc. that are fixed in premises. Persons engaged in work on portable electrical appliances, such as table lamps, television sets and refrigerators, etc., need not be registered.

Registration Requirements

There are five grades of certificates of registration. To be qualified, an applicant must possess appropriate qualifications, training and experience. Detailed requirements are shown in the Appendix.

How to Apply

For submissions in person or by mail:

  1. Obtain appropriate application form(s):

    From:

  2. Complete the application form(s) according to the given instructions.

  3. Submit the completed application form(s) together with supporting documents and an application fee in person or by mail to Registration and Permit Office, EMSD. Application fee is $475 for each new application/change of grade/ renewal or $340 for each replacement application (may be subject to periodic revision).

    Application fees are not refundable. Therefore, an applicant should not submit more than one application form at any one time.

Renewal applications must be made at least 1 month before and no earlier than 4 months before the expiry date. A certificate of registration for an electrical worker is normally valid for 3 years.

*Note: Renewal application submitted after the expiry date of the original registration will be treated as a new registration application, which will be assessed in accordance with the statutory requirements at the time of receiving such application. If the applicant cannot fulfill the registration requirements at that time (including recognized academic qualifications and electrical work experience), the application would be rejected regardless of the previous registration history of the applicant.

New Certificate of Registration of Electrical Worker

Sample of the new Certificate of Registration of Electrical WorkerFor applications submitted after 1 January 2010, EMSD would issue a new Certificate of Registration of Electrical Worker to replace the old one. The new certificate would include a photo of the registered electrical worker.

When electrical worker submits a registration application to EMSD (including new registration, registration renewal, change of registered grade, addition of permitted work type, and replacement of certificate), he has to submit a recent colour photograph and a copy of the HKID card with the application. The photograph would have same format as passport photograph with detail requirements as follows:

When you take the photo, please do not wear head dress, and avoid heavy make-up or overly dark or overly light-coloured clothing.

The photograph will not be accepted if the applicant in the photograph is:

Applicant can submit the photograph in hardcopy, or in the form of digital file (only in CD or through Web Based Registration Services). The acceptable file format of the digital photograph are as follows:

Image type: JPEG
File size: 600 Kbytes or below
Acceptable dimension: Captured by scanner (600dpi) –
Photograph size: 40mm(W) x 50mm(H)
Captured by digital camera –
Image size: 1200px(W) x 1600px(H)

EMSD would also provide free photograph taking service in the Registration and Permit Office to those applicants who cannot submit photograph for application.

Enquiries

Registration and Permit Office, EMSD, G/F, 3 Kai Shing Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Monday to Friday; closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

Tel.: 1823 (Hotline)
Fax: 2895 4929
Email: info@emsd.gov.hk
*Note: This is NOT a legal document and is prepared for general information only.

 

Appendix

Qualification Requirements for Registration as Electrical Workers for Different Grades of Electrical Work

Grade A Electrical Work

A Grade A applicant must have the qualifications and experience listed in EITHER (a), (b) OR (c):

    1. completed a registered contract of apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Ordinance (Cap. 47) in the trade of electrical fitter or electrician and
    2. holds a craft certificate in electrical engineering issued by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education; and
    3. has at least one year of practical experience in electrical work.
  1. has been employed as an electrical worker for at least five years, at least one year of which included practical experience in electrical work and

    1. holds a Certificate of the Electrician or Electrical Fitter Upgrading Course issued by the Electrical Industry Training Centre of the Vocational Training Council or an equivalent qualification; or
    2. passed an examination or trade test approved or set by the Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services.
  2. has qualifications and experience that are equivalent to those required under either (a), or (b).

Grade B Electrical Work

A Grade B applicant must have the qualifications and experience listed in EITHER (a), (b) , (c) OR (d):

    1. has completed a registered contract of apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Ordinance (Cap. 47) in the trade of electrical fitter, electrician or electrical engineering technician and
    2. holds a Higher Certificate in Electrical Engineering issued by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or an equivalent qualification; and
    3. has at least two years of practical experience in electrical work.
    1. holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering issued by Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or an equivalent qualification and has been employed as an electrical worker for at least five years, at least two years of which included practical experience in electrical work.
  1. has held, or qualified to hold, a Grade A certificate for at least five years and

    1. holds a Certificate in Electrical Engineering issued by Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or an equivalent qualification and has at least three years of practical experience in electrical work; or
    2. has at least five years of practical experience in electrical work and has passed an examination or trade test approved or set by the Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services.
  2. has qualifications and experience that are equivalent to those required under either (a), (b) or (c).

Grade C Electrical Work

A Grade C applicant must have the qualifications and experience listed in EITHER (a), (b) OR (c):

  1. has obtained a degree in electrical engineering in a recognized university or an institution of tertiary education or an equivalent qualification and

    1. completed at least two years of post-graduate training in electrical engineering recognized by the Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services and has at least two years of subsequent practical experience in electrical work, or
    2. has at least six years of post-graduate practical experience in electrical engineering including at least one year of practical experience in electrical work.
    1. has held, or qualified to hold, a Grade B certificate for at least six years and
    2. has at least six years of practical experience in electrical work, and
    3. passed an examination or trade test approved or set by the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services.
  2. has qualifications and experience that are equivalent to those required under (a) or (b).

Grade R Electrical Work

A Grade R applicant must have special training and have at least four years of experience in the type, or similar type, of electrical work for which he is applying.

Grade H Electrical Work

A Grade H applicant must be qualified to hold a Grade B or Grade C certificate and have the qualifications and experience listed in EITHER (a) OR (b):

  1. has completed a training course approved by the Director of Electrical & Mechanical Services for the design, installation, maintenance, testing or operation of high voltage electrical equipment and installations.
  2. has at least one year of practical experience in the design, installation, maintenance, testing or operation of high voltage electrical equipment and installations.
*Notes:
  1. Grade A means electrical work on a low voltage fixed electrical installation not exceeding 400A, single or three phase.
  2. Grade B means electrical work on a low voltage fixed electrical installation not exceeding 2500A, single or three phase.
  3. Grade C means electrical work on a low voltage fixed electrical installation of any capacity.
  4. Grade R includes electrical work on one or more of the following types of installations:
    1. a neon sign installation;
    2. an air-conditioning installation;
    3. a generating facility installation;
    4. a low voltage unvented electric thermal storage type water heater installation (not exceeding 200 litres storage capacity);
    5. Connection / disconnection of electricity supply to / from an electrical equipment and associated electrical work on the equipment;
    6. any other particular installation, type of installation or type of premises. Details of the electrical work should be clearly specified in the application form.
  5. Grade H means electrical work on a high voltage electrical installation.
  6. Practical experience in electrical work means local experience on fixed electrical installation relevant to the grade being applied.
  7. Both electrical work experience on the type of electrical installation for which the applicant is seeking a Grade R registration, and experience on typical fixed electrical installations in Grade A, B, C and H electrical work, could be accepted as the type or similar type of electrical work experience as required for registration as Grade R electrical worker in Regulation 8(2) of the Electricity (Registration) Regulations.
  8. Documentary proof of electrical work experience should clearly show the details of electrical work carried out by the applicant. For sample, please click here [PDF format (31KB)].
  9. Experience in Hong Kong must be acquired under the supervision of a valid Registered Electrical Worker of appropriate grade. The applicant should provide documentary proof on how he obtained his electrical work experience. (E.g. employment by a Registered Electrical Contractor, or an owner of the fixed electrical installation in which the applicant was employed directly on a full time bases at a regular wage or salary.) Applicant should also take note on other statutory requirements in Hong Kong such as the Apprenticeship Ordinance (Cap. 47). For the requirements of the Apprenticeship Ordinance, please contact the Office of the Director of Apprenticeship.
  10. For experience in mainland China, apart from the proof of electrical work experience issued by the employer, applicant has to submit validity proof of the employer organization issued by the official certification bodies or relevant electrician licenses in the mainland China,
  11. From 1 January 2012, the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme for REW will be put into operation. REW applying for registration renewal on or after 1 January 2012 is required to have completed the CPD training before submitting the application to EMSD. For details of the CPD Scheme, please visit our website
    (Menu -> Electricity Safety -> CPD Scheme for REW)
  12. From 1 January 2007, applicants applying for new, renewal or change of registration of electrical worker should have been trained on the new cable colour code (CCC). When an application for registration as a REW is received, EMSD will check the CCC training records of the applicant before processing his/her application. Applicant can receive relevant (CCC) training at the Registration and Permit Office in EMSD Headquarters.