Upgrading Qualifications in the Electrical Supply Industry

Pathways to meet skills shortages for lineworkers in the Electricity Supply Industry


The demand for qualified overhead lineworkers is strong and driven by several factors:

  • Transformation: Australia's transmission, distribution and rail networks are undergoing significant transformation. Many networks are restructuring and outsourcing operations and maintenance activities resulting in workers seeking to upgrade skills for new jobs.
  • Unprecedented investment: Rail and Transmission in particular are moving through a fast pace of change with unprecedented investment in network infrastructure via upgrades and new builds resulting in skills shortages of overhead line workers.
  • Compliance: this qualification is becoming a mandatory requirement for many state and federal regulators.

To meet the forecast skills shortage and compliance requirements, many career lineworkers who hold either no formal qualifications or older style craft and proficiency Certificates will require Recognition of Prior Learning and gap training to achieve the modern qualification. New entrants will need access to apprenticeship programs which rely on solid collaboration between Employers and education providers. 

Our role

Thomson Bridge is a leader in the delivery of training pathways for overhead lineworkers working across transmission, distribution, rail and cable jointing who are requited to hold a modern Certificate III ESI Power Systems qualification in order meet the licensing requirements to work.

Our goal is to offer high-quality programs that students and Employers can trust, that are

  • aligned to industry and workforce needs;
  • based on a modern approach to gaining a Qualification that is effective and flexible for today's learners and their Employer; and
  • building competence through mentoring and quality on-the-job experiences during the programs.

Programs are crafted to accommodate the specific requirements of each cohort and incorporate instructor led class room and virtual theory, self paced study and virtual tutorials, practical workshops, verification of competency and on-the-job experience evidenced by eLogBooks.

Our program pathways include:

Our ESI qualifications include:


Thomson Bridge is proud to be offering Certificate III in ESI programs to the staff of Owners and Contractors across the rail, transmission and distribution sectors in all States. Our ESI Program Managers have extensive knowledge of these industries and design courses to meet individual workers' needs. 


Project Details

  • Client: Lineworkers in the Electricity Supply Industry
  • Location: Australia-wide
  • Industry: Electrical Supply Industry
  • Our role: Offering high-quality training and accreditation that students and industry can trust
  • Outcome: Supporting industry and workforce needs