Offering Info

Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead

  • National Course Code: UET30619
  • TAFE NSW code: UET30619-01V01-22GRV-161

Location – Miller (Apprenticeship)


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week



  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead will launch you into the electricity supply industry. This course develops foundational skills to work in this crucial field, where you will specialise in working with electricity network infrastructure.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Use hand and power tools to install and maintain power network infrastructure
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • Operate plant and equipment near live electrical conductors and apparatus
  • Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits
  • Test and verify distribution overhead installations


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • The ability to work well in challenging situations
  • Strong work ethic
  • Collaboration skills
  • Effective communication


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • Specialist skills in a high-demand niche area
  • Strong pathways to broaden your skillset with further study

Career opportunities:

  • Electrical powerline tradesperson


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Cable Jointing
  • Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Rail Traction
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Overhead 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 anapprentice as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application

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


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A white card (or general construction induction card)
  • An Elevated Work Platform licence
  • A Chainsaw ticket
  • A Dogging High Risk Work Licence

Your teacher can provide you with details of the different options available to you to obtain the above tickets and licences.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.


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.


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

  • An interest in the electrical supply industry
  • The ability to work at heights
  • The ability to use hand and power tools
  • The ability to work well in challenging situations

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Electrical powerline tradesperson after successful completion

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 8 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 1 day a week for 4 years.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEENEEG101A Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits
UEENEEG102A Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits
UETTDRDP11 Inspect overhead poles-structures and electrical apparatus
UETTDRDP12 Maintain overhead energised low voltage conductors and cables
UETTDRDP99 Test and verify distribution overhead installations
UETTDREL11 Apply sustainable energy and environmental procedures
UETTDREL12 Operate plant and equipment near live electrical conductors and apparatus
UETTDREL16 Working safely near live electrical apparatus
UETTDRIS41 Install network infrastructure electrical equipment
UETTDRIS42 Maintain network infrastructure electrical equipment
UETTDRIS52 Install and maintain poles, structures and associated hardware
UETTDRIS54 Install and maintain poles, structures and overhead conductors and cables
UETTDRIS56 Install and maintain low voltage overhead services
Elective Units
Number Title
UETTDRIS43 Perform low voltage field switching operation to a given schedule
UETTDRIS53 Install and maintain power system public lighting
UETTDRIS60 Install and replace power system energy meters and associated equipment

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

136 William Street, Granville
Phone 131 601

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