Course essentials

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VU course code:
Sunshine, Industry
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
1 year full time or longer for part time

Develop skills in setting up and maintaining automated equipment and systems with a Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control.

You will develop the skills required to assemble, set up, fault and maintain automated equipment associated with circuits and systems.

Industrial automation and process control is a key trade area allowing many processes to run with minimal supervision. You’ll learn technical skills including:

  • assembly and set up of electrical and pneumatic control systems
  • programming of logic controllers and SCADA systems
  • automation and process control problem solving and fault finding
  • industrial machinery repair and maintenance.

As part of your studies you will also learn the skills to supervise plant maintenance programs and provide technical advice to process staff.

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Direct applications due 12 November 2018.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] UEE43211 - Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control


Kickstart your dream career in the engineering sector with Victoria Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control.


The engineering and manufacturing industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia, and process automation skills are highly sought after. This qualification from Victoria Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

You’ll have the skills to work on automation infrastructure that many businesses and enterprises rely on for daily operations. You’ll be prepared to work as a technician or supervisor in areas such as:

  • manufacturing
  • power generation
  • industrial automation
  • general electrical systems
  • process control
  • chemical, oil and gas refineries and process plants
  • large warehouses with automated distribution systems.

Example job titles include:

  • electrical industrial maintenance (special class electrician)
  • electronic instrument trades worker
  • industrial measurement and control technician
  • systems integrator (design and commission of PLC and SCADA control systems).

Course objectives

This qualification provides competencies to assemble, set up and program, fault find, repair and maintain automated equipment, apparatus, associated circuits and systems. It includes the supervision of plant maintenance programs and providing technical advice to process staff.

Course structure

To be awarded UEE43211 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control, a student must successfully complete the following units of competency, comprising of:

  • all core units, and;

  • a combination of elective units achieving a total weighting of 760 points, of which:

  • units may be selected, which does not exceed a maximum value of two hundred and twenty (220) points, from Group A;
  • units may be selected, which does not exceed a maximum value of five hundred and forty (540) points, from Group B, and;
  • units must be selected, with a minimum value of two hundred and twenty (220) and does not exceed a maximum value of seven hundred and sixty (760) points, from Group C.

Note: Units from Group A, include imported units from other training packages and/or state accredited courses which are first packaged at AQF Level 4.  If units have not been assigned a weighting by the relevant EE-Oz Industry Technical Advisory Committee, their weighting will be ten (10) points.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at Victoria 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 training package and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria Polytechnic.

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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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.

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How to apply for this course

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.

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Direct applications due 12 November 2018.

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