National code: UET30821

Certificate III in ESI - Distribution Underground

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Overview About this course

Have access to an electrical network facility on campus and work as an electrical powerline tradesperson. Test, install and maintain underground systems and launch your career in electricity network cabling and infrastructure.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Use hand and power tools to install and maintain power network infrastructure

  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components

  • Work safely near live electrical conductors and apparatus

  • Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits

  • Test and verify distribution underground installations

Course outcomes

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

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

  • Confidence to connect total underground infrastructure to the supply network

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

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 ESI - Distribution Underground as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


  • To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

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


  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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

Entry recommendations

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

  • An interest in the energy supply industry

  • An interest in broadening your experience and your career prospects

  • A reasonable level of physical fitness

  • The capacity to work at heights and in confined spaces

  • The willingness and ability to use hand and power tools

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: electrical powerline tradesperson and cable jointer (powerline).


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card. On successful completion of this qualification, you can apply for the Dogging and (elevated work platform) EWP licence. The below 2 units are core units embedded in the Certificate III in ESI- Rail Traction: TLILIC0005: Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this unit of competency. This unit is based on the licensing requirements of Part 4.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and meets Commonwealth, State and Territory HRWL requirements. The National Instrument (NAI) is the mandated assessment for the HRWL to operate relevant licencing class as detailed in this unit. CPCCLDG3001: You are eligible to obtain a licence if you are at least 18 years old, complete a recognised training course and have been assessed as competent by a SafeWork NSW accredited assessor working for the RTO.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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The Certificate III in ESI - Distribution Underground does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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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 ESI - Distribution Underground qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 units of competency, including 18 core and 5 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.

  • Install and maintain electrical apparatus UETDRIS008

  • Install and maintain low voltage underground services UETDRIS011

  • Operate plant and equipment in the vicinity of live electrical apparatus UETDREL004

  • Apply environmental requirements UETDREL001

  • ... 5

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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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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

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