Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

National Code: UEE22020
TAFE SA Code: TP01262


Embark on an exciting career in the high-tech Electrotechnology industry with this foundational Certificate ll course. Electrotechnology is a growing industry that is essential for the energy dependent lifestyle of today and the future. Areas such as domestic and commercial electrical installations; electrical power generation and distribution; telecommunications and security systems; air-conditioning and refrigeration; instrumentation and process control; renewable and sustainable energy; and electric vehicles and rail transport are all part of this important industry.
You will learn the fundamental electrical skills and knowledge you need to be work ready and have a pathway towards an apprenticeship as an electrician. Many leading South Australian electrical companies consider this course to be an essential pre-apprenticeship qualification.

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3 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent


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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those with an interest and aptitude towards working in the electrotechnology industry.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)

  • Part time – 2 evenings per week (5pm – 9pm).
  • Full-time – 5 days per week (8am – 4pm)

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need:

  • practical hands-on aptitude
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • a basic understanding of concepts including measurements, calculations, volumes, levels, ratios, pressure, use of hand tools, temperatures and chemicals.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Incidental Items - $75 for Textbook charged directly to students. In addition, you will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, safety glasses and appropriate workwear (eg long pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt) approx. $100 - $200.

Total Fees for the 3 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course is regarded by industry as an essential pre-apprentice course for those seeking a career within the Electrical industry. Students gain skills suited to careers across a wide range of sectors within the Electrotechnology industry. Careers include; Electrical worker, Linesperson, Renewable energy technician, Instrumentation or Automation and Control technicians.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22020)
    Students complete 12 units covering the knowledge and skills typical of those performed by apprentices in the early stages of training. 9 units are transferable into the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (apprentice) course reflecting most of the training of a first year apprentice. The content of this course includes theoretical understandings and practical tasks. Theoretical knowledge includes electrical principles, cable and component identification and Practical tasks such as house wiring, light fabrication and circuit construction. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and elective units totalling 140 points.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20
    Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment 40
    Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities 20
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
    Provide basic sustainable energy solutions for energy reduction in residential premises 40
    Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems 60
    Solve problems in single path circuits 40
    Use routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 20
    Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply 20
    Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40
    Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20
    Produce products for carrying out energy sector work activities 80
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