4 months full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
29 January 2024
18 March 2024
10 June 2024

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Lay the groundwork for an electrical apprenticeship or traineeship with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) 22499VIC at Victoria University (VU).

If you’re a school leaver or new to the workforce, this electrical pre-apprenticeship will equip you with the practical skills and foundational knowledge to kickstart your career. This course will also give you an insight into the electrical/electronics industry to help you choose your career path.

In this electrical course, you'll develop technical skills and knowledge that will ensure you are ready for work in the electrical trade, including:

  • basic electrical theory and workshop practices
  • basic network cabling for extra low voltage (ELV) equipment and devices
  • use of test instruments in the electrotechnology industry
  • wiring and installation
  • basic sustainable energy solutions for domestic premises
  • fabrication, assembling and dismantling utilities' industry components
  • working with electrotechnology equipment and test instruments
  • workplace safety and first aid.

You’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification as well as credits for further training as an apprentice or trainee in the electrotechnology industry in areas such as:

  • electrical
  • renewable energy
  • air conditioning/refrigeration
  • instrumentation.

You’ll learn the latest industry-standard skills and get access to special-purpose machinery at our multimillion-dollar trade training facility on our Sunshine Campus.

Many of our trades courses are co-located at our unique construction hub, so you’ll work alongside others studying in the construction industry. Through student-centred, project-based learning in a realistic environment, you’ll practise the skills you need to get job-ready. 

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry simulation.

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How a pre-apprenticeship can launch your trades career

A pre-apprenticeship gives you a fantastic head start on an apprenticeship, allowing you to lay the foundations for an exciting career in trades.

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Do you need help applying for a pre-apprenticeship? Attend an application support session to be guided through your pre-apprenticeship application at VU Polytechnic.

Careers in electrotechnology

With more than 10% future industry growth expected for electricians over the next five years, electrical skills are highly sought-after and job prospects are good.

Since employers often prefer apprentice applicants that have completed a pre-apprenticeship, this course will open your door to a wider range of opportunities in the building, construction and maintenance industries. 

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for roles such as:

  • apprentice electrician
  • apprentice electrical fitter
  • apprentice air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic
  • renewable energy systems installer
  • electrical engineering technician
  • renewable energy sales and support.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the 22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational), a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • thirteen (13) core units, and;
  • a minimum of two (2) elective units.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).


Unit in Transition


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

The 22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) is consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for a Certificate II level qualification in that graduates will have the following learning attributes:

Graduates will have:
- basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge within the area of electrotechnology. For example, in the application of basic electrical principles and workshop practices to enhance their entry-level employment prospects in the electrotechnology industry.

Graduates will have:
- cognitive skills to access, record and act on a defined range of information from a range of sources. For example, compiling information on the range of occupations at the electrotechnology trade level, in order to make a more informed choice in the selection of a vocational career path;
- cognitive and communication skills to apply and communicate known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems. For example, solving problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits, and;
- technical skills to use a limited range of equipment to complete tasks involving known routines and procedures with limited options. For example, testing, repairing and securing electrical equipment.

Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates of this qualification will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
- with some accountability for the quality of own outcomes and some responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. For example, identifying potential learning pathways;
- with limited autonomy and judgement in the completion of own defined and routine tasks in known and stable contexts. For example, completing assigned electrical tasks in a workplace environment, and;
- with limited autonomy and judgement to complete routine but variable tasks in collaboration with others in a team environment. For example, contributing to the outcomes of a basic electrotechnology project as a member of a team.

Vocational Education Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS)
This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education Vocational Major (VCE VM) or the Victoria Pathways Certificate (VPC).

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
VETDSS: The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 18 March 2024
  • 10 June 2024
  • 5 August 2024
  • 21 October 2024

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