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.
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
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
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.
To be eligible to study this course as an apprentice you must:
Be employed as an apprentice in industry
Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application
To be eligible to study this course as a non-apprentice you must:
Be currently in paid employment working under the supervision of a licenced electrician encompassing a broad range of electrical work
Take part in a pre-enrolment interview to discuss your suitability, this includes a discussion between a teacher and your employer
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Electricians (General) install, test, connect, commission, maintain and modify electrical equipment, wiring and control systems.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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.
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.
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
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