UEE31220 - Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control


There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.

Study modeEmployer Based (VET Providers Only), On Campus, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units29
Apprenticeship training to be completed under the supervision of an employer. On-campus training is conducted on the CQUniversity’s Gladstone Campus.


CQUniversity training creates the opportunity for apprentices to become tomorrow’s experts in instrumentation and controls.

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


4 years Instrumentation and Control

5 years Electrical Instrumentation Dual Trade. Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (Open electrical Queensland license) and a Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control

Fee for Service

Full fee paying per competency (statement of completion only per competency)

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities


4 years Instrumentation and Control (UEE31220). On completing the student can apply for a restricted electrical license

This qualification matriculates into and allows for credit towards the Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Diploma of Instrumentation and possible matriculation into Undergraduate Degrees and post-graduate courses in higher education.


5 years Electrical Instrumentation Dual trade. On completion, the student will receive a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (open electrical Queensland license) and a Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control.



Full fee paying per competency (statement of completion only per competency)

Possible pathways for graduates who complete UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control and UEE30820 Electrotechnology Electrician include but not limited to:

Technicians and trade workers in the utility, oil, gas, manufacturing, industrial processing, coal, mining, food, scientific and various professional industries.

Occupations include Dual trade Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson, Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class), Electronics Tradesperson (Marine), Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson, Instrumentation Fitter (Hazardous Areas)

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


This program is delivered over a 4 year period where the student will attend off the job training at CQU for a period of 3 blocks of seven weeks,  1 block per year, 21 weeks in total and 1 block of 1 week for capstone finalization in their fourth year.  All other times the student will be performing on the job with employer and completing an e-profile for work completed on the job and in line with competencies they have been taught or are being instructed in.


Unit CodeUnit Name
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEERL0004Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring
UEEIC0048Verify compliance and functionality of instrumentation and control installations
UEEIC0031Set up and configure human-machine interface (HMI) and industrial networks
UEEIC0030Set up and adjust advanced PID process control loops
UEEIC0029Set up and adjust PID control loops
UEEIC0021Find and rectify faults in process final control elements
UEEIC0022Install instrumentation and control apparatus and associated equipment
UEEIC0023Install instrumentation and control cabling and tubing
UEEIC0043Solve problems in temperature measurement components and systems
UEEIC0039Solve problems in flow measurement components and systems
UEEIC0038Solve problems in density/level measurement components and systems
UEEIC0041Solve problems in pressure measurement components and systems
UEEIC0047Use instrumentation drawings, specifications, standards and equipment manuals
UEEIC0013Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
UEECD0016Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEECD0045Solve problems in multiple path extra-low voltage (ELV) a.c. circuits
UEECD0051Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEECD0043Solve problems in direct current circuits
UEECO0009Participate in instrumentation and control work and competency development activities


Unit CodeUnit Name
UEEIC0035Set up scientific analysis measuring and control instruments
UEECD0050Use and maintain the integrity of a portable gas detection device
UEEIC0004Calibrate, adjust and test measuring instruments
UEEIC0036Set up water analysis measuring and control instruments
UEEIC0037Set up weighting measuring and control instruments
UEEIC0033Set up gas analysis measuring and control instruments

Apprentices can be accepted throughout the year. Training dates are structured upon intake. On-campus training is conducted on the CQUniversity’s Gladstone Campus.

This course has no residential schools.


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.


There are no other entry requirements for this course.

Fees & Scholarships

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Fee for Service/ Full Fee

Fee for Service/Full Fee occurs when the full tuition fee is charged to students. This may occur when the course is not included in government subsidy program/s or the student is not eligible for a government subsidy. These students are obligated to cover the entire cost. Learn more about Paying for TAFE.

Queensland Government subsidies are available for eligible applicants to greatly reduce the cost of apprentice and trainee training.

User Choice funding provides a contribution that reduces the cost of training. Eligible apprentices and trainees will be charged $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply to eligible students based on provided evidence. If you are required to pay Student Contribution Fees, you may be eligible for partial or full exemption, you can find more information on Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

At CQUniversity, we believe that studying should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer scholarships, bursaries and stipends.

Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more

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