Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

National Code: UEE30820
TAFE SA Code: TP01358


Work towards your electrician’s licence with this four-year apprenticeship course. You will learn how to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair, and maintain electrical systems and equipment covering domestic, commercial, and industrial settings with on and off the job training. On completion you will be eligible to apply for your Unrestricted, Unsupervised Electrical Workers Registration in South Australia.

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48 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a contract of training with an employer to study this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$522 - $549
$4,176 - $4,395
$307 - $324
$2,460 - $2,589
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course also has an additional cost of $300.00 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, safety glasses and appropriate workwear (eg long pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt) (approx.$100 - $200) plus $175.00 for a textbook..

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Apprentices will learn how to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings. The courses covers Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) requirements for an electrician’s licence.

    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 III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30820)
    This course covers the basic requirement to register as an Electrical Worker in South Australia.
    Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for an Unrestricted, Unsupervised Electrical Workers Registration in South Australia. To complete the qualification, you are required to complete 990 core weighting points plus 120 general elective weighting points.
    TAFESA offer a number of campuses and study modes aimed at providing a variety of options for employers. For the metropolitan area, a choice of two study options across the metro area are available, these being day and block (week) delivery:

    • Standard delivery method is “Day Attendance” which is 1 day per week, approximately 40 attendance days per year
    • Enrolment periods are restricted to two intakes per year, these being late-January and mid-July*
    • “Block Attendance” is by negotiation only and reserved primarily for regionally based students to support travel and accommodation requirements, this is 1 week per month (Approximately 40 attendance days per year)
    • Enrolment periods vary through the year depending on demand
    • Please be aware that enrolments received after the January/July intake may be asked to defer their training for up to 6 months when they will be placed in the next available intake.

    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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 environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 20
    Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20
    Arrange circuits, control and protection for electrical installations 40
    Design, install and verify compliance and functionality of general electrical installations 60
    Develop and connect electrical control circuits 80
    Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 20
    Evaluate and Modify Low Voltage Heating Equipment and Controls 20
    Evaluate and modify low voltage lighting circuits, equipment and controls 20
    Evaluate and modify low voltage socket outlets circuits 20
    Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40
    Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20
    Identify, shut down and restart systems with alternate supplies 20
    Install low voltage wiring, appliances, switchgear and associated accessories 40
    Isolate, test and troubleshoot low voltage electrical circuits 80
    Participate in electrical work and competency development activities 20
    Perform rescue from a live LV panel 20
    Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 4
    Select wiring systems and select cables for low voltage electrical installations 80
    Solve problems in direct current (d.c.) machines 30
    Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits 80
    Solve problems in magnetic and electromagnetic devices 30
    Solve problems in multiple path circuits 40
    Solve problems in single path circuits 40
    Terminate cables, cords and accessories for low voltage circuits 40
    Test and connect alternating current (a.c.) rotating machines 40
    Test and connect transformers 40
    Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers 60
    Develop, Enter and Verify Word and Analogue Control Programs for Programmable Logic Controllers 60
    Install and maintain cabling for multiple access to telecommunication services 120
    Install, configure and commission LV grid-connected photovoltaic power systems 80
    Install, modify and verify coaxial and structured communication copper cabling 40
    Solve basic problems in photovoltaic energy apparatus and systems 40
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