Apprenticeship Code: UEE30820

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

MG 7497

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This nationally accredited qualification provides participants with the training, skills and knowledge to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises. It includes Electrical Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC), or their successor’s, Essential Performance Capabilities for an ‘Unrestricted Electrician’s Licence’.

Course code


The program will be delivered for a total of 999 hours, typically for 40 weeks per year over a period of four (4) years.


For information on fees for Electrical Apprenticeships, see our Course Fees Information Page

Course content

The UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician qualification effectively prepares apprentices for a career in the electrotechnology sector, focusing on practical skills, safety, and industry standards. This four-year program is for school-based or employment-based apprentices in Western Australia (WA), preparing them for career in the Electrical Industry, and when completed the learner can apply for an Unrestricted Electrician's Licence.

It covers skills and knowledge essential for electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises, including installation, testing, fault finding, repair, and maintenance, aligning with the Essential Performance Capabilities of an Unrestricted Electrician’s Licence.

The course is structured over four years, combining off-the-job training and assessment (classroom learning, group activities, self-study, and online learning) and on-the-job experience. Learners attend CET for off-the-job training as per an annual schedule. It includes formative assessments (review activities, practical projects) and summative assessments (performance evidence, knowledge evidence). These are conducted in structured environments or in the workplace.

Course requirements

  • A training contract must be signed through an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and registered with the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development – Apprenticeship Office. ‘On the job’ training must be provided by an employer holding a current WA Unrestricted Electrician’s Licence.

  • All Core Units of Competency must be achieved and a combination of Elective Units of Competency to a total weighting of 120 points.

  • Fully enclosed shoes must be worn at all times in CET buildings. Safety boots/shoes must be worn when working in the workshop.

  • Learners will require the ability to carry out complex calculations quickly and accurately.

  • Prior to course commencement the student is required to review the CET Code of Conduct found at Terms & Conditions/Policies page.

Course materials

Applicants are recommended to obtain the following resources prior to course commencement (available at both CET Campuses):

  • Pack Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trades, McGraw Hill Education
  • A copy of the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules

Course breakdown

Core Units of Competency

Code Description Nominal Hours
UEECO0023 Participate in electrical work and competency development activities 54
UEECD0007 Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 18
HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 4
UETTDRRF004 Perform rescue from a live LV panel 18
UEECD0046 Solve problems in single path circuits 36
UEECD0044 Solve problems in multiple path circuits 36
UEECD0051 Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 36
UEECD0019 Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 36
UEECD0020 Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 18
UEEEL0023 Terminate cables, cords and accessories for low voltage circuits 36
UEEEL0021 Solve problems in magnetic and electromagnetic devises 27
UEEEL0019 Solve problems in direct current (d.c.) machines 27
UEERE0001 Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 18
UEEEL0020 Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits 72
UEEEL0024 Test and connect alternating current (a.c.) rotating machines 45
UEEEL0025 Test and connect transformers 27
UEEEL0008 Evaluate and modify low voltage heating equipment and controls 18
UEEEL0009 Evaluate and modify low voltage lighting circuits, equipment, and controls 18
UEEEL0010 Evaluate and modify low voltage socket outlets circuits 18
UEECD0016 Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 18
UEEEL0003 Arrange circuits, control and protection for electrical installations 36
UEEEL0047 Identify, shut down and restart systems with alternate supplies 18
UEEEL0014 Isolate, test and troubleshoot low voltage electrical circuits 54
UEEEL0018 Select wiring systems and select cables for low voltage electrical installations 54
UEEEL0005 Develop and connect electrical control circuits 72
UEEEL0012 Install low voltage wiring, appliances, switchgear and associated accessories 36
UEEEL0039 Design, install and verify compliance and functionality of general electrical installations 36

Elective Units

Code Description Group Points Nominal Hours
UEEDV0005 Install and maintain cabling for multiple access to telecommunication services A 72
UEEDV0008 Install, modify and verify coaxial and structured communication copper cabling A 36


No course dates have been scheduled. Please register your interest to find out more.

Certification & assessment

Graduates will be issued with a Certificate and a record of results showing the Units of Competency completed. 

Skills recognition

The CET Skills Recognition process benefits applicants who have undergone prior learning and recognises competencies obtained outside a formal educational or training environment, gained through life or work experience. Competencies currently held by applicants will be formally assessed against each applicable Unit of Competency and may be recognised regardless of how, when and where they were achieved. Skills
Recognition is an assessment process and a cost recovery charge will apply. 

CET accepts and provides credit to learners for units of competency and/or modules (unless licensing or regulatory requirements prevent this) where these are evidenced by either AQF certification documentation issued by any other RTO or AQF authorised issuing organisation or an authenticated VET transcript issued by the Registrar.

If you believe you are entitled to Skills Recognition, we encourage you to complete an application form available from our administration team.

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