Anyone who works with equipment and installations must have the relevant qualifications, which are set out in the regulations of the Energy Regulatory Office, the central government body responsible for regulating fuel and energy management. Although the procedure for obtaining the qualification seems difficult and complicated, after reading this article you will learn how to choose a training course, how to register for the examination before a commission of your choice, e.g. the Energy Regulatory Office.  SEPSIMPYou can find out if you are a qualified examiner (e.g., PSE, SITPS or any other organisation with the right to examine you) and what you need to pay particular attention to.

Step by step G1, G2, G3 authorisations

Anyone who works with equipment and installations should have the relevant qualifications, which are set out in the regulations of the Energy Regulatory Office. If you are interested in becoming an electrician, a network fitter, a gas fitter or a boiler burner, you must first choose a professional and certified training course in the relevant energy skill type (G1, G2, G3). In order to take an examination in front of SEP or any other institution authorized to examine, two conditions must be met: You must be at least 18 years old and have at least a basic education. After the completion of the training, the trainee will be allowed to sit for an examination with an examination body of his choice.

Choice of training

When choosing a training course that will ensure that you pass the state exam and gain qualifications in licence groups G1, G2, G3, you should put the same requirements as when choosing a driving school. You should take into account the average pass rate, the experience of instructors and the condition and type of equipment you will be learning on. To get an electrical, heat or gas licence, it is worth investing and choosing a reputable establishment with good reviews and a high pass rate.

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Advantages of holding G1, G2 and G3 ratings 

Taking into account the fact that many European countries, including Poland, have started to move away from fossil energy sources, and natural gas (as a source of heating) and photovoltaic panels are becoming more and more popular, the demand for professional and qualified specialists with the right qualifications is growing rapidly. It is worth remembering that they are recognised not only in Poland, but also in all countries of the European Union and Switzerland, as well as countries of the European Free Trade Agreement.

Becoming qualified to operate and supervise energy equipment is the first step towards a well-paid job and a career in a field that is constantly evolving. With an energy licence, you have a wide range of employment opportunities, from installation and assembly to maintenance and supervision of electrical, district heating and gas equipment and networks.

Training for a G1, G2 or G3 qualification is usually short, not demanding on an employee's time, and can be taken in their spare time. Having such a certificate is a bargaining chip for a raise or a higher position.


A successfully passed state examination results in the issuance of a qualification certificate by the commission. The licence is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. They are also referred to as electric building qualifications or qualifications up to 1kV.

Terms of reference for each group of allowances


Electrical qualification G1

electrical installationsIt is intended for persons involved in the operation or supervision of electrical equipment, installations and networks for generating, transforming, transmitting and consuming electricity.

The content of the examination in this group is defined in §6 point 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of Economy, Employment and Social Policy of 28 April 2003. Persons qualifying for the G1 certificate know the principles of construction, operation and technical conditions of operating devices, installations of electrical power networks. They can enumerate technical means of fire protection, classes of equipment protection and the principles of lightning protection and surge protection.

During the course, students wishing to become future operators learn about starting, operating and stopping electrical equipment. They learn the terms and scopes of inspections, maintenance, repairs, tests and measurements.

Those focusing on supervision learn the principles and conditions of control and measurement work and methods of testing particular types of electrical equipment.

Both operation and supervision trainees learn the principles and requirements of occupational safety, first aid, and especially methods of de-energising and providing first aid to electrocuted persons. In training future electricians, special emphasis is placed on the impact of electrical equipment, installations and networks on the possibility of fire.


G2 thermal allowance

It is required for those who wish to professionally operate or supervise equipment and energy networks that produce, process, transmit and consume heat. The legal basis for the exam is §8 point 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of Economy, Labour and Social Policy of 28 April 2003.

G2 trainees learn the principles of construction, operation and technical conditions for servicing power and heat equipment, networks and installations. They learn about technical parameters (type, type, power, pressure), ranges and frequency of recording, inspection, maintenance, repair or testing. Inherent in the training are safety rules and first aid.


Gas qualification G3

Training in this field is intended for those who wish to become involved in the operation and supervision of gas facilities, installations and networks for the production, processing, transmission and consumption of gaseous fuels.

This course introduces students to the principles of construction, design and operation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and gas installations. The course includes a presentation on the design principles of district heating networks, ventilation and air conditioning systems and gas installations, including the selection of equipment and components.