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Gasfitting and electrical

When can a gasfitter work on the electrical parts of a gas appliance?
Working on electrical appliances is restricted work, as this helps ensure the safety and quality of appliances in New Zealand.

Where a gas appliance also has electrical components it is considered an electrical appliance as well as a gas appliance.

For example, a gasfitter can work on the gas pipe work going to a heater but they cannot replace an electrical component, such as an electrical fan (restricted electrical work).

The Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) recognises that it is useful for some electrical work to be done by other associated tradespeople such as gasfitters.

For this reason, the EWRB does have a class of licence for associated trade’s people.

This licence allows the licence holder to carry out a limited amount of tasks relating to maintenance on some electrical appliances.

[ Tasks an associated tradesperson (gasfitter) licence holder can carry out ]

A. The maintenance and replacement of fittings that have an electrical rating of not more than
250 volts and 16 amperes which are one of the following:

- storage water heater elements and thermostats.


B. The disconnection and connection of fittings from or to a power supply, other than by
means of a plug or pin inserted into a socket, or an appliance coupler inserted into an appliance inlet; where those fittings have an electrical rating of not more than 250 volts and 16 amperes and are one of the following;

- waste disposal units; electronic water control units; water pressure devices; storage water heaters.


C. The testing of work described in items (a) and (b) above.

D. The certification of work described in items (a) and (b) above.

E. The supervision of any work described in items (a) to (d) above.

F. The maintenance and replacement of fittings that have an electrical rating of not more than 250 volts and 16 amperes which form part of gas fired equipment.

G. The disconnection and connection of fittings from or to a power supply, other than by means of a plug or pin inserted into a socket, or an appliance coupler inserted into an appliance inlet; where those fittings have an electrical rating of not more than 250 volts and 16 amperes and form part of gas fired equipment.

H. The testing of work described in items (f) and (g) above.

I. The certification of work described in items (f) and (g) above.

J. The supervision of any work described in items (f) to (i) above.

NB: It is important to note that for many appliances the manufacturer has dedicated service agents.

If someone working on the appliance is not a service agent they may void the warranty on the product, even if they are legally allowed to work on it.

To find out more about upskilling and obtaining an associated trade licence go to:
www.ewrb.govt.nz/for-the-trade/relicensing


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