What is a Level 2 Electrician?

A level 2 electrician is a qualified electrician who is authorised to do installations, repairs and maintenance on the overhead and underground services that run between the customers home or business and the electrical supply network.

This is dangerous work! Which is why it is closely monitored by the electrical authorities. In New South Wales there are three electrical network authorities – Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy. Arrow Power are authorised to work across all three networks – so no matter where you’re located in Sydney – we can help!

 

An Authorised and Accredited Service Provider Level 2 (ASP/2) can install, repair or maintain the overhead or underground service lines between a customer installation and Ausgrid’s electricity network, including connecting service lines to the network and energising the installation.

Arrow Power Electrical Services offers the following Level 2 (ASP) Electrician services known as ‘Classes’:

  • Class 2A – Service line disconnect and reconnect.
    • Class 2B – Work on underground service conductors.
    • Class 2C – Work on overhead service conductors.
    • Class 2D – Installing metering for meter types 5 to 6 and other Network Operator service equipment.
    • Provide power upgrades.
    • Tiger Tails for power lines.
    • Relocate and upgrade switchboards.
    • Relocate and upgrade service/consumers cables.
    • Connect, upgrade, disconnect and reconnect metering.
    • Installation and connection of private A Poles.
    • Provide temporary power supply.
    • Conduct necessary live work and testing.

private power pole

In the above image you can see that once your power line comes off from the network operators powerlines, the rest is service cable. From here is where the home owner or business owner becomes responsible for the maintenance and upkeep. For example you will need to watch for any overhanging trees on your service cable and ensure they get trimmed when they need to be.

Therefore if there is damage from a storm, a vehicle damages the wires, or you need to upgrade – you will need the services of a Level 2 Electrician.

What is an ASP?

An ASP (Accredited and Authorised Service Provider) is an electrician who has the qualifications and certified by the electricity authorities of Australia. The electricity authorities include, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy. There are three types of ASP (level 1, 2 and 3).

Level 1 ASP electricians have the capability and consist of constructing and installing electricity distribution works to enable the provision of consumer connection services. Level 1 ASP’s complete a range of services such as:

  • the laying and stringing of electricity cables as well as the jointing of cables;
  • erecting electricity poles (distributor poles) and excavating underground cable trenches;
  • ‘line work’ such as working with live electricity cables (but not live High Voltage);
  • building or working on or inside electricity distribution sub-stations; and construction work that may include the use of plant and equipment

Level 2 ASP are electrician(s) are able to undertake the following types of work:

Class 2A Disconnect and reconnect – This includes disconnection and re-connection of service lines at the connection point. These are also referred to as a D&R within the industry and this type of work is mostly applied when the electricity supply to the premises or building is required to be de-energised for a number of different reasons, such as – upgrade of consumers mains, repairs, maintenance and even defect notices. A D&R is applied at the point of attachment, point of connection and point of supply, eg: private power poles, pillars, and building facade just to name a few in most residential environments.

Class 2B Work on underground service conductors and wiring systems including: Remove and replace a local electricity distributor security seal in accordance with local electricity distributor procedures;

  • installation and connection of underground service lines in accordance with the NSW Service & Installation Rules;
  • relocate/upgrade an existing underground service line and restore supply on completion;
  • disconnection and reconnection of underground service lines at the point of common coupling and the connection point; and replacement of a service protection device (including where it includes a meter protection device) and service active and neutral links.

Class 2C Work on overhead service conductors including, installation and connection of overhead service lines in accordance with the Service & Installation Rules of NSW;

  • relocate/upgrade an existing overhead service line and restore supply on completion;
  • disconnection and reconnection of overhead service lines at the point of common coupling and the connection point; and replacement of a service protection device including a service active and service neutral link.

Class 2D Energising Network Operator service equipment including service protection devices/fuses
remove and replace a local electricity distributor security seal in accordance with local electricity distributor procedures;

  • disconnection and reconnection of the service equipment (including service protection devices/fuses) at the connection point;
  • installation, replacement and removal of service protection devices/fuses as required by distributors in accordance with the NSW Service and Installation Rules
  • energising service equipment including service protection devices/fuses and an ASP may only remove or install meters if the ASP is accredited as a meter provider with the Australian Energy Market Operator

Level 3 ASP are only concerned with the design of distribution network assets. They are not qualified or authorised to carry out any electrical work such as installing or connecting to an electricity network.

  • Class 3A – Design of overhead electricity reticulation
  • Class 3B – Design of underground electricity reticulation