ASP Scheme and contestable works
The Accredited Service Provider (ASP) Scheme accredits organisations to perform contestable work on the NSW electricity distribution network, giving consumers who need to connect to the network access to a competent and competitive market of service providers.
Contestable works are usually requested and funded by individuals or organisations to suit site developments or when damage is caused by others.
Customers can refer to the list of ASPs. There are separate lists for ASPs who are accredited to perform different types of connection services. These are detailed in the Scheme Rules but in summary are:
- Level 1: for construction of network assets, which allows for both overhead and underground construction work on both distribution and transmission networks
- Level 2: for service work and connection services, which allows for construction of service lines between the distribution system and the point of connection to the premises and for energising new or altered connections
- Level 3: for design of network assets, which allows for the design of transmission and distribution networks, including underground or overhead services.
A review of the ASP Scheme is currently underway. Please visit the consultation page for more details.
Only the installation of distributor-based meters was impacted by the changes that took effect on 1 December 2017. The metering Power of Choice changes did not affect Level 2 Classes 2A, 2B or 2C. If you want to do work in these classes, you must be accredited accordingly as an ASP.
If you want to continue any work associated with equipment (such as load control receivers), you will need to maintain or receive Level 2 accreditation, including Class 2D. Dedicated load control equipment remains the responsibility of the distribution network service provider and the requirement for Class 2D accreditation remains in place.
Even though installation of basic-type metering is no longer allowed, the qualifications and skills remain valid and they may help prepare you to become a subcontractor to metering providers and distribution networks.
Before seeking authorisation to work on or near an electricity network, all employees and sub-contractors of ASPs must be registered with the ASP Scheme. Employees and sub-contractors will also need to be trained in the safety and operating procedures of the local electricity distributor. If the electricity distributor cancels authorisation, this could result in cancellation of accreditation under this scheme.
To register employees or sub-contractors with an ASP, ASPs must complete the appropriate form below:
If your details have changed, complete the form below (if your ABN has changed, you will need to complete a new application form to be issued a new accreditation and the former accreditation will cease).
Grading review is available to Level 1 and Level 2 ASPs who meet the requirements set out in the Scheme Rules. Applications for regrade require review of an ASP’s performance and verification by an independent assessor for Level 1 requests. To apply for a Level 1 or Level 2 grading review, complete the forms below (there are no regrades for Level 3 Accreditation):
Apply for additional classes
To apply for one or more additional classes to be added to your accreditation, please complete the below forms (for levels 2 and 3 this is the registration form):
You can access information about training courses for Level 2 ASP competencies from:
- TAFE NSW: 131 225 and asp [at] tafensw.edu.au
- NECA Training: 02 9188 4424 and skills [at] necatraining.com.au
- IAC Safety Services: 1300 887 317
- Thomson Bridge: 1300 156 685 and info [at] thomsonbridge.com