National code: UEE30820

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Ask a question

Overview About this course

Become a licensed electrician and kickstart a career in the dynamic electrotechnology industry. You’ll be fault-finding one day, inspecting the next, as you work for learning on the job as an apprentice and in our industry-standard facilities.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Install wiring systems, accessories and appliances for low voltage general electrical installations

  • Connect electrical circuits

  • Solve problems related to electrical equipment

  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Practical experience in the installation and termination of electrical cables, accessories and appliances including socket outlets, light fittings, heating and cooking appliances

  • Experience using industry-standard electrical installation testing rooms to provide you with testing and verification opportunities

  • A trade qualification

  • Strong pathways to further electrical study

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

  • Apprenticeship

  • To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application

  • Enquire today to talk through your options.

  • Non-apprenticeship

  • Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.

  • You may be eligible to enrol in Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician as a non-apprentice if you meet TAFE NSW enrolment requirements noted below:

  • Currently in paid employment working under the supervision of a licenced electrician in the electrical trades industry performing a broad scope of electrical work including domestic, commercial or industrial applications. You and your employer will be required to take part in a pre-enrolment interview with a teacher to determine if you meet the enrolment requirements.

  • It is important to know that there is no government subsidy available for this study option. Talk to our team about your payment options.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An ability to work at heights

  • An ability to distinguish between colours

  • An analytical approach to problem-solving

  • Language, literacy and numeracy to Year 10 high school level

  • Customer service, collaboration and consultation abilities

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills evaluation.

  • This skills evaluation helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Electrician (General)

Electricians (General) install, test, connect, commission, maintain and modify electrical equipment, wiring and control systems.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    42,200 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    37 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    44 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    1% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth


Occupational licences are required if you want to work as an electrician nationally. You will require a licence to practise in the workplace where work is carried out on electrical equipment or installations which are designed to operate at voltages greater than 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c. State and territory jurisdictions have different regulatory requirements depending on the level of licensing you need. Check with your state or territory licensing and regulatory authorities regarding their educational requirements. The Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician qualification also meets part of the requirements for the issue of a Qualified Supervisors Certificate Electrician. This allows you to work unsupervised on low voltage fixed wiring and equipment and to supervise others undertaking this work. Visit NSW Fair Trading or your equivalent state regulatory body for more information.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 1110 weighting points, including 990 core and 120 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector UEERE0001

  • Isolate, test and troubleshoot low voltage electrical circuits UEEEL0014

  • Solve problems in multiple path circuits UEECD0044

  • Identify, shut down and restart systems with alternate supplies UEEEL0047

  • ... 7

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

Delivery options Find a location to enrol

On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.