Switchboard manufacturers’ peak body in NSW, NESMA is strongly backing a call for broad industry support for changes to the National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) to include a new Electrical Fitter License.
NESMA represents member interests in the electrical switchboard manufacturing industry throughout Australia.
The call was made by Mr Bob Taylor, a member of a statutory committee advising the Federal Government on impending changes to NOLS in an address to the annual seminar of the National Electrical Switchboard Manufacturers Association (NSW) Inc in Sydney.
Mr Taylor said a single national license for electrical fitters would enhance safety and efficiency by removing licensing inconsistencies across Australia, providing a more mobile skilled workforce, reducing red tape, and improving the competitiveness and productivity of the national economy.
Recognising the different roles performed by specialised electrical switchboard fitters and general electricians would benefit not only the switchboard manufacturing industry, but also particularly a wide of cross-section of customers in industries using its products.
The recommendation for such a change must be made before a Federal and State Government Ministerial Council meeting at the end of 2011 to consider finalised regulations and a Decision Regulation Impact Statement prior to the commencement of the licensing system for the electrical occupational area on July 1 next year. But the change will only be effective if all States and Territories adopt the same recommendation.
Addressing a full house of more than 120 NESMA representatives and industry professionals at the NESMA Seminar 2011 recently, the President of NESMA NSW, Mr Yeh-Sheng Kuan said failure to support the electrical fitter license would have profound implications not only for safety but also for the standards of professionalism and skills of young people entering the industry and, ultimately, Australian industry’s ranking within the international stream of technology development.
Mr Yeh-Sheng Kuan and NESMA Vice President and Treasurer Mr Mark Betcher welcomed seminar speakers including Mr Scott Emerson, whose address was about The Perfect Spec, Mr Taylor speaking about NOLS and Mr Rohit Narayan speaking about Selection of Surge Protection Devices.