Completing an Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC)

by Team Tradify, January 20, 2022

Completing an Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC) is a breeze with Tradify!

The Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC) is required for any electrical installations completed in Western Australia. ESC forms must be provided to a customer (or a property manager) within 28 days of the work's completion and stored for at least five years.

Additionally, you'll need an ESC in New Zealand to certify any part of an electrical installation, ensuring that it’s safe and follows the rules set forth in Section 74A of the Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Tradify offers a digital template of the ESC — allowing you to fill out, sign off, send and store electronic forms all in one place. Try Tradify for a free 14-day trial to see how you can streamline your job management. 

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3. When you need to use an ESC

You’ll need an ESC form to certify any part of an installation (including a complete electrical installation) carried out by a licensed electrician. 

Any person who undertakes paid electrical work must be licensed on the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) in New Zealand. 

Like an electrical Certificate of Compliance (COC), ESCs are only available online. Tradify offers these forms in-app, and stores them inside the relevant Job you complete the form for.

An ESC should be retained for a minimum of seven years and stored securely. It’s common that when purchasing a property, these forms are presented as maintenance records and proof that the property is safe. 

4. How to fill out an ESC

Filling out an ESC is done digitally, so you’ll need to use either job management software like Tradify, or a PDF editing program such as Adobe Acrobat to complete these forms.

In Tradify, filling out an ESC is simple and many details are already pre-populated for you. For more specific guidelines on how to fill out an ESC in Tradify, check out our help article

NZ Electrical Safety Certificate preview in Tradify

What an ESC looks like within Tradify

Tradify automatically generates a Serial Number and the creation date of the form. The Serial Number in Tradify acts as the Reference/Certificate ID. If you’re filling this form out independently, you’ll need to add this number manually. 

What a Western Australian ESC looks like in Tradify.

When filling out an ESC, you’ll need to provide Location Details, namely:

  • Your customer or site’s street address
  • Your customer’s contact information

From there, you’ll then need to provide your business’s contact details, including your business name.

As ESCs deal with all aspects of an electrical installation, you’ll also need to specify if you’re completing a partial or complete installation. 

Following this, you must outline the details of the work you're planning to carry out. Details that you include in this section may include (but are not limited to):

  • The location of the installation site
  • Processes
  • Equipment and materials used
  • Other safety measures 

This description is usually half a page in length but can be as long or short as is necessary.

After adding your work description, you’ll need to sign the form off as the certifier. Then, you’ll need to enter your name, email, Registration/Practising Licence number and the issuing date.

Signing a NZ ESC Form in TradifySigning an ESC Form in Tradify