UEE30820 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

DurationDelivered over 4 years with face to face delivery and on the job training, as determined by the individual training plan.
Study modeOn Campus, Online, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units30


Are you looking for training in the electrical trade? This qualification is for indentured apprentices who are currently employed as apprentice electricians.

This qualification provides individuals with the 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 license’.The skills and knowledge described in this qualification require a licence or permit to practice in the workplace where work is carried out on electrical installations which are designed to operate at voltages greater than 50 volt (V) alternating current (a.c.) or 120 V direct current (d.c.).Competency development activities in this qualification are subject to regulations directly related to licensing. Where a licence or permit to practice is not held, a relevant contract of training through an Australian Apprenticeship, may be required. To obtain an Unrestricted Electrician’s Licence in most jurisdictions the qualification must be completed as an apprenticeship or Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) pathway. Where required for Licencing, the certification documentation issued must indicate if the qualification was completed as an apprenticeship or Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) pathway.

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.

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    I enjoyed the amount of practical lessons we got to do. There's nothing worse than sitting in a classroom day-in, day-out. At CQU TAFE we get to do a lot of practical lessons which is great.

    Tahlia Milner

    Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Career Opportunities

Electrical Trades Person, Electrical Contractor.

Successfully completing UEE30820 may gain recognition of studies towards Certificate IV and Diploma in Electrical.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


Delivered over 4 years with face to face delivery and on the job training, as determined by the individual training plan.


Unit CodeUnit Name
HLTAID009Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
UEEEL0012Install low voltage wiring, appliances, switchgear and associated accessories
UEECD0016Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEECD0046Solve problems in single path circuits*
UEECD0044Solve problems in multiple path circuits
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEECD0051Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEEEL0023Terminate cables, cords and accessories for low voltage circuits
UEEEL0021Solve problems in magnetic and electromagnetic devices
UEEEL0020Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits
UEEEL0019Solve problems in direct current (d.c.) machines
UEEEL0008Evaluate and modify low voltage heating equipment and controls
UEEEL0009Evaluate and modify low voltage lighting circuits, equipment and controls
UEEEL0010Evaluate and modify low voltage socket outlets circuits
UEEEL0003Arrange circuits, control and protection for electrical installations
UEEEL0024Test and connect alternating current (a.c.) rotating machines
UEEEL0025Test and connect transformers
UEEEL0005Develop and connect electrical control circuits
UEEEL0047Identify, shut down and restart systems with alternate supplies
UEEEL0014Isolate, test and troubleshoot low voltage electrical circuits
UEEEL0018Select wiring systems and select cables for low voltage electrical installations
UEECO0023Participate in electrical work and competency development activities
UEEEL0039Design, install and verify compliance and functionality of general electrical installations
UETDRRF004Perform rescue from a live LV panel


Unit CodeUnit Name
UEEIC0013Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
UEEEL0016Provide advice on effective and energy efficient lighting products
UEEAS0009Mount and wire control panel equipment

Apprentices can be accepted throughout the year. Training dates are structured upon intake. On-campus training is conducted on the CQUniversity’s Rockhampton City, Emerald, Mackay and Gladstone Campuses.

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.

This course is for Electrical apprentices and those individual that hold an electrical training permit issued by the Electrical Safety Office.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$32,022.60
Fee for service per unit$1,047

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$33,623
Fee for service per unit$1,100
RPL Fee for service per Unit$550

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 for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

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.

For further information please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education 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 a wide range of 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. 

How to apply

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity on the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website.