How to start a Jim’s Test and Tag franchise

These days, electrical appliances are just about everywhere. Whether it’s at home or at the office, it’s difficult to imagine life without them.

Electrical devices enhance our lives and make daily tasks easier. However, if they’re not adequately maintained, they can also turn into serious safety hazards.

As the use of electrical appliances continues to spread throughout Australian homes and workplaces, the test and tag industry is set to grow over the coming years. For those who are technically-oriented and are looking for a business opportunity in 2022, starting a Jim’s Test & Tag franchise business is a fantastic opportunity that’s just waiting to be explored.

What is electrical test and tag?

Before we get into the ‘how’ of starting a test and tag business, let’s determine what exactly electrical test and tag is.

Simply put, ‘testing and tagging’ refers to the process of checking the safety of electrical appliances. A qualified test and tag technician will begin the process by visually inspecting the appliance for any evidence of damage. The technician will be looking out for problems such as:

  • Frayed wires or cords
  • Faults in the wiring
  • Current leakage
  • Earthing system faults
  • Insulation resistance
  • Tangled or exposed cords


Once the visual inspection is complete, the technician will ‘test’ the appliance using a device.

After a particular item has been tested, the technician will place a tag around the item (usually the cords) to confirm that the appliance has in fact been tested and that it’s safe for use. This tag will also list the name of the person who completed the test, the date on which the appliance was tested, and when the next test is due.

Electrical testing and tagging is essential in homes and workplaces because it helps to minimise the risk of electrical hazards. By ensuring that all the appliances in your surroundings are regularly tested and tagged, you can ensure the safety of everyone who comes into contact with the appliances.

Testing and tagging becomes particularly important in workplaces because employers must exercise a certain level of care over their employees. By getting your workplace’s electrical appliances regularly inspected by a test and tag technician, you’re taking the necessary safety precautions to keep your staff and your workplace safe.

Who can test and tag in Australia?

The test and tag industry in Australia is governed by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760. This standard states that all test and tag technicians in Australia must be deemed a ‘competent person’.

You might be wondering, ‘Does this mean that I have to be a licensed electrician to be allowed to test portable electrical appliances?”

For those who are looking to make a transition into the electrical testing and tagging industry, we have some good news for you: in Australia, you don’t have to be an electrician or have an electrical background to work as a test and tag technician. However, as outlined by the Australian standard, you do have to be deemed a ‘competent person’. This can easily be achieved by undertaking a nationally recognised test and tag course.

At Jim’s Test & Tag, many of our successful test and tag technicians came into Jim’s Group with no prior experience in the electrical industry! We provide all incoming Jim’s Test & Tag franchise owners with a full and comprehensive training course, designed to equip them with all the knowledge and skills needed to competently and confidently perform testing and tagging services to homes and workplaces Australia-wide.

Hear from one of our Jim’s Test & Tag franchisees, Paul, as he walks us through the Jim’s Test & Tag training course.


What equipment do you need for test and tag?

The electrical testing process involves conducting both a visual inspection and a test. This test is done with the help of a portable appliance tester (PAT). These devices allow the technician to determine the safety of an electrical appliance by checking for electrical lapses and pointing out related errors such as damaged wiring.

The prices of PATs are varied. These devices can start from $600 and can go upwards of $3,000. Depending on how heavy your workload is, it may be wise to invest in a PAT with a greater range of features and a higher level of functionality. At Jim’s Test & Tag, our skilled and experienced trainers will provide leading industry advice to all new franchisees on the best equipment to use. That way, you can spend less time sifting through hundreds of reviews online and more time on starting your business.

Is test and tag a profitable business?

Electrical appliances are a fixture in almost every home and business, so the need for testing and tagging services has never been greater. As electrical appliances become more affordable across the world, consumption of these items will only continue to increase.

There’s a lot of money to be made in the test and tag business – especially if the business is your own. By working out of vehicles, our Jim’s Test & Tag franchise owners are able to keep overheads low. That means that they’re able to keep more of their well-earned cash to themselves and improve efficiency.

We’re not saying that it’ll always be easy. It goes without saying that building and scaling a successful and profitable business requires a lot of commitment and a lot of hard work. However, having the support of a nationally recognised organisation behind you means that you’ll be positioned for success from day one. The success of our franchisees is so important to us that we provide all our franchisees with a unique ‘Pay For Work Guarantee’. Under this guarantee, all franchisees in Jim’s Group are given a weekly safety net of $1,500, so that they have a financial safety net that they can fall back on at any time.

You might be surprised to learn that most of our franchise owners never claim this guarantee. This is because their weekly income usually exceeds $1,500 – from the very beginning.

How do I start my own test and tag business?

The first step to starting your own test and tag business (or any business for that matter) is to do your research. Once you’ve done your research and you feel confident that it’s the right industry for you, you can start getting down to the nitty gritty.

The key to successfully launching any business lies in careful planning and preparation. Before you begin to even think about taking on electrical test and tag jobs, you’ll need to focus on actually setting up your business so that it’s ready for operation. Some key tasks include:

  • Determining a business name and a business structure
  • Creating a business plan
  • Undergoing test and tag training
  • Sorting out your legal and tax obligations
  • Investing in equipment and products
  • Calculating pricing
  • Building a website


At Jim’s Test & Tag, our goal is to make starting a test and tag business as easy and accessible as possible. When you start a test and tag business under the Jim’s brand, you can be assured knowing that you’ll have a full range of support networks to lean on from day one.

There’s a reason why you’ll see the Jim’s logo all over Australia. With over 30 years of experience in franchising, we truly believe that we offer a franchise opportunity like no other.

If you’re looking out for test and tag franchise businesses for sale, get in touch with our team today. Contact us on 131 546 or enquire online to see how we can kickstart your career in the electrical test and tag industry in 2022.

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