Learn It. Work It.

Hey my name’s Amber – and thanks to TAFE SA, I finally got my hands dirty.

That’s because I’m now working as an apprentice plumber for Smith Bothers Plumbing. I had previously studied and finished a Uni degree in marketing – but I soon realised I wanted more of a ‘hands on job’.

Learning as you work is a great way to fast track your career in the real world.

Learn the skills of a trade or occupation in the workplace with an apprenticeship or traineeship. You get a mix of classroom learning and real-world experience, and you get paid while you work towards your qualification. Once completed, your qualifications are recognised around Australia.

Apprentices learn a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson, while also studying off the job at TAFE SA. You and your employer sign a contract that lasts until you complete your training and you both agree that you are competent. When your apprenticeship is complete, you receive a trade certificate. Some examples of trades include chef, cabinet maker, hairdresser, electrician, plumber and motor mechanic.

Trainees also learn on the job, which can be in many kinds of workplaces. A traineeship can result in qualifications ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma. As with an apprenticeship, you sign a contract with an employer that lasts until you have completed your training. 

96 Apprenticeships


Arts and Design


Building and Construction


Business and Marketing


Community Services


Education and Languages


Government, Property and Legal

Course Name Duration
Certificate III in Local Government 12 months Part Time
Certificate III in Government 12 months Part Time


Hair and Beauty

Course Name Duration
Certificate III in Beauty Services 24 months Part Time
Certificate III in Barbering 42 months Part Time
Certificate III in Hairdressing 42 months Part Time


Health and Lifestyle

Course Name Duration
Certificate III in Dental Assisting 12 months Part Time
Certificate IV in Dental Assisting 24 months Part Time


Hospitality and Tourism


Information Technology


Mining, Engineering and Automotive


Primary Industries and Science

Course Name Duration
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills 24 months Part Time
Certificate III in Companion Animal Services 24 months Part Time
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 36 months Part Time