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0.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
1 July 2019
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Lay the groundwork for an electrical apprenticeship or traineeship with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) 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
  • electrical workshop practices
  • wiring and installation
  • use of hand and power tools
  • workplace safety.

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.

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Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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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.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Develop technical skills and knowledge that will ensure you are ready for work in the electrical trade.

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 (Job Outlook). 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.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22261VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) a student must successfully complete units of competency, comprising of:

  • ten (10) core units, and;
  • elective units making up 120-140 hours.

The 22261VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) qualification learning outcomes are as follows:

Graduates of the Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) will have basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge within the area of electrotechnology. For example, in the application of basic electrical principles and electrical workshop practices to enhance their entry-level employment prospects in the electrotechnology industry.

Graduates of the Certificate II 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 a range of occupations at electrotechnology trade level, in order to make more informed choices in the selection of vocational career paths.
  • 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.
  • 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, fixing and securing electrical equipment.

Application of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates of the Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Prevocational) 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 in 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 in completing assigned electrical tasks in a workplace environment.
  • with limited autonomy and judgement to complete routine but variable tasks in collaboration with others in a team environment. For example, contributing to outcomes of simple electrical projects as a member of a team.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and 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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
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.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: 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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