4 years part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
2 January 2024
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain the skills and knowledge to become a licensed electrician with a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician UEE30820 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Combine on-the-job training with your employer with this practical and theoretical apprenticeship course.

You’ll gain skills and knowledge in:

  • electrotechnology equipment
  • fabricating industry components
  • single and multiple path circuits
  • applying drawings and diagrams
  • electrical work development
  • electrical installation
  • low voltage heating equipment
  • low voltage socket outlets
  • magnetic and electromagnetic devices
  • telecommunication cabling
  • communication copper cabling
  • troubleshooting
  • environmental sustainability
  • work health and safety practices.

You will learn how to complete all phases of electrical systems and equipment, including selecting, installing, setting up, testing, fault finding, repairing and maintaining electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises to satisfy the Electrical Regulatory Authority Council’s requirements.

On completion, you can apply to sit the licensing exam through Energy Safe Victoria or continue with further study.

This course is offered as an apprentice program over four years.

To study this course, you must be currently employed as an apprentice electrician.

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 for all students.

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Electrical skills are highly sought after. There are strong employment prospects for electricians – for salary and other job information, see the government job-data site, Labour Market Insights.

This Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician UEE30820 can lead to a career as a domestic, commercial or industrial electrician. You could find employment across several industries, including manufacturing, construction and mining. You could work in-house for a large or small company, as an external consultant or as a self-employed tradesperson.

You could work in roles such as:

  • electrician
  • air conditioning/refrigeration mechanic
  • electronics trades worker
  • telecommunications trades worker.

Professional recognition

Once complete, this qualification allows you to apply to become a licensed electrician through Energy Safe Victoria

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 UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, a student must successfully complete a total of One thousand, one hundred and ten (1,110) weighting points, comprising of:

  • Nine hundred and Ninety (990) Core weighting points, and;
  • One hundred and twenty (120) Elective weighting points.

Note: Elective units are to be selected from the Group A general elective units, or up to 40 general elective weighting points, may be selected, with appropriate contextualisation, from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided that selected units contribute to the vocational outcome of the qualification.
Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

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).

Core units

ELECTIVE UNITS - Group A General Electives

This qualification provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises. It includes Electrical Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC), or their successor's, Essential Performance Capabilities for an 'Unrestricted Electrician's license'.

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).

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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 admission process all applicants are required to:

- complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
- complete a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment
- must be employed and with an active employer
- must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course

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.

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:

  • 2 January 2024

Before you apply

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