1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
29 January 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


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

You will learn to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain automated equipment associated with circuits and systems.

You will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • fabricating utilities industry components
  • engineering application software
  • solving circuit and path problems
  • understanding codes and specifications
  • implementing environmental and sustainable procedures
  • producing energy sector reports
  • quotations for installation or service jobs
  • sourcing of installation materials
  • computing device assembly
  • configuring basic local area network (LAN)
  • attaching electrical equipment for connection
  • control programs for programmable logic controllers
  • quality control practices
  • safe work practices.

The course also includes the supervision of plant maintenance programs and providing technical advice to process staff.

It is ideal for electricians and non-electricians working in manufacturing and automation environments.

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. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

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.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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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 University 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 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 UEE43220 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control, a student must successfully complete a total of One thousand, two hundred and Eighty (1,280) weighting points, comprising of:

  • Five hundred and twenty (520) Core weighting points, and;
  • Seven hundred and Sixty (760) Elective weighting points.

Note: 0 and 220 weighting points  can be taken from Group A; and between 0 and 540 weighting points  must be taken from Group B; and between 220 and 760 weighting points  must be taken from Group C, or all 760 weighting points  can be taken from Group C. Up to 220 weighting points of the general elective units Group A , may be selected, with appropriate contextualisation, from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided selected units contribute to the vocational outcome of the qualification. Previously assigned weighting points are listed in the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG), if not listed weighting points will be 10 points, unless directed from the Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

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).



Group A: Imported and Common Elective Units  

Group B: General Elective Units 

Group C: General Elective Units  

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) approved by VU Polytechnic

Units in Transition - Group A Elective Units

This qualification covers competencies to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair, maintain and commission systems and devices for measurement and recording of physical/chemical phenomenon and related process control systems.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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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 application process, applicants must:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission
- have completed of Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies or Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

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.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

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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

Before you apply

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