Lay the groundwork for an electrical apprenticeship or traineeship with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) 22499VIC at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Aimed at school leavers and those new to the workforce, this practical course will prepare you with foundational electrotechnology skills. You'll also gain an insight into the electrical/electronics industry to help you choose your career path.
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
- provision of basic sustainable energy solutions in domestic premises
- fabrication, assembling and dismantling utilities industry components
- working with electrotechnology equipment and use of test instruments
- workplace safety and first aid.
You will 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:
- renewable energy
- air conditioning/refrigeration
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Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special-purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge.
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.
Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.
We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:
- workshops and study groups
- student mentors and peer learning
- maths and writing resources.
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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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Careers in electrotechnology
The electrotechnology industry continues to grow, ensuring that electrical skills are highly sought-after. Job prospects are good, with employment for qualified electricians expected to grow over the next five years (Labour Market Insights). Our graduates often find work in the building, construction and maintenance fields.
This pre-vocational course at Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door. It will give you the industry skills and knowledge to gain access to a wide range of apprenticeships offered in the electrotechnology industry. Employers often prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship.
When you graduate, you could find employment in 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.
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).
- UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
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 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 a limited range of 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 (VCE) or the Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- 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
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
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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.
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.
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:
- 30 January 2023
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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