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Electrical Safety Providers in New Zealand

Electrical safety is something that is not fully clear in New Zealand. Nobody really knows the rules and what rules there are can be difficult to understand. When it comes to providing electrical safety, it can be really hard to tell the difference between who is really focused on safety and who is just trying to make a buck.

When it comes to safety courses and licenses, there is a huge range of options which can get tricky to filter through. Electrical license providers are schools which train people into becoming qualified and registered electricians. Electrical safety course provides teach people how to safely inspect, test and tag electrical appliances and equipment.

What is the difference between “Electrical safety course providers” and “Electrical licence providers”?

Electrical Licence Providers

Electrical Licence Providers specialise in training electrical workers and getting them registered (with the EWRB, Electrical Workers Registration Board) as electricians or other registered electrical trades in New Zealand. These are schools that offer indepth training and apprenticeships over several years for people who are looking to make a career in an electrical field. Schools include:

Electrical Safety Course Providers

With electrical safety courses, the focus is to teach you all the aspects of electrical safety without the need to become a qualified electrician which could take years. Electrical safety courses allow you to become a legally competent individual in a short space of time, able to carry out appliance test and tagging correctly.  There are a wide range of courses available, covering different areas of electrical safety, including:

  • AS/NZ3760:2010 Test And Tag Training Course – This course is the fundamentals of electrical safety and test and tagging, and is the first course you should take when getting into electrical test and tag. It covers all the basics of keeping safe around electrical appliances, how to inspect them and how to correctly use a Portable Appliance Tester to test all appliance types for safety.
  • AS/NZS3551 Medical Equipment Test And Tag Training – This course is a more demanding course than the standard test and tag course and is based around the requirements of the AS/NZS3551 Standard. This course will teach you how to medical electrical equipment such as hospital, doctors or dental surgery equipment, and is also useful for people who hire out this equipment.
  • Electrical Workers Registration Board Refresher Course – This course is for those who the EWRB have issued Electrical Registration to, but still require a Practicing Licence. This will normally be those doing prescribed electrical work as defined under the Electrical Regulations.
  • AS/NZ3760:2010 Online Training Course – Covering the same material as the AS/NZ3760:2010 course, this let’s you complete the course online.
  • Product Training Course – This course provides training for all products related to test and tag including PATs, printers, software and more. If you have just purchased a piece of electrical testing equipment and need to learn how to correctly use it, this course is for you.

Getting qualified in electrical safety does not have to mean a long, drawn out process. Our courses will train you in electrical appliance safety quickly and cost effectively.

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Win A Spot On A Metrotest AS/NZS3760 Test And Tag Training Course!

Have you heard the good news yet?

New Zealand’s No. 1 Test and Tag training and equipment supplier are pleased to announce that once again we will be training in more locations around New Zealand.

Our goal has always been to provide effective and efficient training and equipment to ensure electrical safety. Our customers’ needs are our No. 1 priority.

To celebrate the start of the New Year, we are giving away a place on one of our AS/NZS 3760 test and tag training courses of your choice scheduled to be held in New Zealand!

You’ve read that right! If you have always wanted to attend one of our training courses, now’s your chance to join for free – and you also get to choose where to attend.

Training Locations

Currently, Metrotest serves the following locations across New Zealand:
• Hamilton
• Rotorua
• New Plymouth
• Napier/Hastings
• Blenheim
• Greymouth
• Invercargill
• Queenstown
• Auckland Airport
• Wellington
• Dunedin
Auckland North
• Tauranga
• Gisborne
• Palmerston North
• Nelson
• Christchurch

How to go in the draw

There are only three simple steps to win:
1. Like Metrotest on Facebook.
2. Like this post and comment where you would like to attend the training course.
3. Comment where you would like to attend the training course.

It’s that simple. Then all you have to do is wait and keep your fingers crossed!

Who can join?

Anyone who is interested can join the contest. Whether you need a refresher or you want to start your own test and tag business, this is your golden opportunity.

Here’s a disclaimer: Flights, transfers or accommodation are not included in the prize. But if you live near any of our training locations, then those things will be the least of your worries.

Or if you don’t mind flying over a distance, then you’re welcome to join! We guarantee a quality training that will be worth your while. Modesty aside, Metrotest is a highly sought after test and tag training provider with a huge number of repeat business. Our training courses are always updated according to the AS/NZS 3760 Standards.

For more information about testing and tagging, here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers:

Who can test and tag?

Basically, anyone who is deemed competent can do it. And to become competent, you have to successfully complete a test and tag training course from a legit and reputable training provider. After completing the training and assessment, you will receive a certification that allows you to carry out testing and tagging immediately.

That’s right. You won’t need electrical qualifications or electrical registration at all. But you do need the right equipment, which is a portable appliance tester (PAT), to do testing and tagging.

Why test and tag?

Electrical devices can be found in any office or workplace. Yet it’s no secret that any device that runs on electricity is potentially dangerous. If minimising the dangers or risks is part of your responsibility, then you need to test and tag on schedule.

The Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010 require all electrical equipment and fittings used in the workplace, or offered for hire or lease, to be safe for use. While it’s not mandatory, testing and tagging electrical equipment is an effective way to check their safety.

In case you’re wondering, there is an alternative to testing. Some electricians use residual current devices or RCDs to check for earth leakage. However, this is not an acceptable method for construction or demolition sites, and the testing device itself will need to be tested and tagged.

What types of equipment does this apply to?

Pretty much anything that is plugged into an electrical connection or wired into the building, from small portable devices to large industrial machinery. This applies to both single- and three-phase connections.

Additionally, you can test and tag the following:
• New equipment before use
• Second-hand appliances offered for sale
• Appliances that have had repairs or services
• Medical equipment (in accordance to AS/NZS 3551:2004 Technical management programs for medical devices)

Items that are hard wired or fixed in place don’t need to be tested.

How often is testing and tagging done?

The Standards set out recommended time frames for different types of equipment in different work environments. This is based on the fact that the environment affects the rate of wear and tear or potential damage to the equipment. For instance, machines used in a ‘hostile environment’ such as construction sites, must be tested and tagged once every three months. On the other hand, office equipment and protected appliances need testing once every 1 or 5 years.

Testing and tagging is a growing business in New Zealand. And now’s the best time to learn the skill and the secrets of the trade.

Join our contest today for a chance to train with Metrotest! This may just be the career or business opportunity you are wishing for this New Year!

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Metrotest Auckland Training Courses Coming Soon to North Shore

The New Year is just around the corner, and we have good news to get your 2019 off to a great start. We are happy to announce that, starting next year, we are going to run our training courses in the North Shore!

Metrotest is a reliable industry professional partner when it comes to electrical instrument supply and training. Our goal is to help as many people and companies as possible to minimize risks and hazards by obtaining competence and certification in testing and tagging electrical devices.

The decision to bring our electrical safety training courses in North Shore comes after seeing the growing need for compliance and workplace safety in the area.

Below are some of the training courses we offer:

Product Training Course

This course covers the proper and safe operation of electrical instruments like RCD testers, multimeters and portable appliance testers (PATs). It is an on-site, instructor-led workshop that teaches you how to use test and measurement devices. Expect to learn about the types of test instruments, routine maintenance tasks, preventive and predictive maintenance, and more.

You can book this training for your staff or yourself to ensure you get accurate readings and testing information every time.

AS/NZ 3760:2010 Training Course

Knowledge of applicable standards and regulations is important where electrical equipment testing is concerned. This course, also known as In-service Safety Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, covers correct and safe procedures in testing and tagging electrical items, according to class type, nature of use, etc. It also touches on regulatory requirements for record keeping, tagging information, etc.

Anyone can take this course. You do not need to be an electrically registered professional. So if you want yourself or your own in-house team to test and tag the electrical equipment in your office or workplace, you can have them take this training.

We offer an initial training course as well as a refresher training course.

AS/NZS 3551:2012 Training Course

The AS/NZS 3551 Standard outlines protocols and procedures for developing management programs for medical equipment. In this course, you will learn how to test and tag medical devices to ensure compliance with the Standard.

Head on over to our Training Courses page to learn more or to book your training! Or you may call us on 0800 638 768 (NZ) or 1800 789 973 (AU) if you wish to speak to a professional.

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How Was The Test And Tag Training Course?

If you are considering taking our test and tag training course, you will no doubt have some questions as to what you will learn, what you can expect and whether it’s worth it. While we can answer those questions for you, it would be much better to let others who have taken the course  to answer them.

So here is a video we have put together with testimonials from participants of our test and tag course. Let’s see what they have to say:

All these participants took the course, some having taking it several times, and still found the course valuable. We believe the course is truly valuable to anyone who wants to learn to test and tag electrical equipment safely and correctly.

What will you learn?

The AS/NZS3760:2010 course will teach you:

Electrical Regulations
• Standards
• Non-Prescribed Activities
• Competency Requirements
• Safety Before Testing
• Current Legislation/Requirements

Visual/Mechanical Testing including:
• Classes of Equipment
• Electrical Symbols

Testing including:
• Earth Testing
• 500 Volt Insulation Resistance Testing
• Earth Leakage Test
• Other Optional Tests
• Correct Use of PAT Testers
• Practical Testing
• RCD Testing Requirements and Use
• 3 Phase testing upon request
• Necessary actions following successful test results
• Necessary actions following unsuccessful test results
• Interpretation of test periods ie Table 4 AS/NZS3760:2010, Table 3 AS/NZS3012:2010

You can book this test and tag training course on our website or contact us on 0800 638 768 to book your seat.


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AS/NZ3760:2010 Test and Tag Training Course

Anyone can test and tag portable electrical equipment given that they have undertaken the required competency training and qualification as per AS/NZS 3670:2010. This means you don’t need to be a registered electrician to legally inspect electrical appliances.

What is AS/NZS 3760:2010?

This Standard provides a process for the safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment at various workplaces. It covers portable electrical appliances with a flexible cord and plug (or a connecting device) that connect to the mains supply. Its scope extends to any devices or equipment that is brought into the workplace, such as battery chargers, electric drills, etc.

Safety inspection is a must for new equipment before first use and all other low-voltage, single phase or polyphase equipment in service or is offered for hire. The frequency of the test depends on a preset schedule, as well as on a risk analysis or the environment in which the equipment is exposed.

AS/NZS 3760 puts a lot of emphasis on the test and tag work being carried out by a ‘competent person’, and stipulates the requirements a person needs to fulfil to be considered competent. Working with electrical devices poses a high risk of electrocution and other potentially fatal accidents. Test and tag training not only ensures the equipment is safe to operate but also ensures the protection of the person conducting the in-service inspection.

Test and Tag Training Course

This course provides instruction on how to test and tag electrical devices correctly and safely, as well as how to operate the test equipment which is typically a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT). Additionally, the course teaches regulatory requirements such as tag information, testing intervals, record keeping, different types of equipment and appropriate testing, and other general guidelines.

This course is designed to give you all the skills and knowledge required to being testing and tagging. It also useful for those who are actively testing and tagging, as it contains up-to-date information about relevant regulations and any changes to AS/NZS 3760. It also touches on the standards and regulations that organisations must comply with to prove they are taking all practicable steps to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Some topics stated in the Standard can easily be misunderstood, which is why test and tag training exists to interpret them clearly. The training must be done by a registered training organisation like Metrotest NZ. By training with us, you can have the confidence of learning from the best. Our trainers have carried out thousands of tests and have a wealth of knowledge to draw on. You’ll also have full lifetime support from one of the longest established test and tag companies in New Zealand.

We conduct trainings in various locations around the country to help as many organisations as possible to become test and tag ready and competent. Many companies are now enjoying the benefits of training their in-house staff. They spend less on testing and have the assurance of a compliant and safe workplace.

View the AS/NZS 3760:2010 Training Courses on our website to find out the available slots and schedules near you. For inquiries, call us on 0800 638 768 or drop us a line to

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Book Your Training Course Now Before We Sell Out

Have you always wanted to learn to test and tag? Now is your chance! We currently have a few spots available in our upcoming courses, so now is the time to book if you want to become a test and tag expert.

What will you learn at the Test And Tag training course?

Our Test And Tag training course teaches people how to test and tag electrical items correctly and safely and how to operate the test equipment, normally a PAT tester.  It also teaches regulatory requirements such as record keeping, tag information and who can do what. Everything you need to know about regular Test And Tagging will be taught here, giving you an all round course on how to correctly test your appliances and electrical equipment.

We currently have seats available for the following course dates:

Book your seat now through our website for the course in your area and become an expert in test and tagging!