All apprentices are required to adhere to standard safety dress standards when attending their blocks. This attire includes:

  • Australian standard safety footwear (recommended steel cap boots with non-skid soles)
  • Long sleeve cotton drill shirt (shirts are to be tucked in at all times).
  • Cotton drill long pants
  • Earplugs
  • Safety glasses (clear)
  • All Clothing must be to industry and commercial standards at all times.

The dress standards listed represent the minimum standard which will provide adequate protection against certain hazards in the working environment. In addition to these standards regulations 61 - 71 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, in part VII, "Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment" apply.

Jewellery and watches shall be removed during practical work in metal machining, or while undertaking any activity which may result in injury as a result of jewellery becoming caught or entangled.

All safety shoes shall conform to AS 2210 (all safety footwear shall incorporate protective steel toecaps complying with the relevant requirements of this standard). Protective shoes shall have covered uppers and non-slip soles for the working environment.

Sunscreen shall be used to provide protection for exposed skin in outdoor activities.

Clothing worn by persons who may come in contact with fire, heat and molten metal shall be manufactured from a fire-resistant material such as 100% cotton drill.

Equipment and Resource Material

Apprentices are required to bring along the following equipment to their blocks:

  • Pens, coloured pencils and pencils
  • Eraser and sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook or notepad
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Stage 1A and Stage 4 apprentices must also bring their Low Voltage Rescue/CPR certificate, card or statement from employer to show they are competent.


  • Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trades, 4th Edition by P. Philips or Electrical Principles, 7th Edition By J. Jenneson,
  • Electrical Wiring Practice, 8th Edition by Keith Pethebridge, Ian Neeson, Paul Lowe or Electrotechnology Practice, 5th Edition by Jeffery Hampson and Steven Hanssen,

Australian Standards

Hard copies of Standards are required for class. These standards can be purchased from SAI Global or electroic copies of the Australian Standards can be accessed through the Library database for printing.

  • AS/NZS 3000:2018 (Amended) Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Writing Rules)
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1 latest version with amendments
  • AS/NZS 3017

Stage 4 Apprentices will demonstrate testing practices and procedures and will be performing 'simulated live work' as defined by the Electrical Safety Act 2002. 

Personal Protective Equipment

Eye protection in the form of safety spectacles or safety clip-ons (if you wear non-safety prescription spectacles) is to be provided by each apprentice. It must carry the Australian Standards Approval for the Code AS1337 "Industrial Eye Protection". If there is any doubt you will be required to obtain a pair that does comply with code. All safety glasses must be clear, not tinted.

If wearing prescription spectacles then safety clip-ons must be worn, unless the lenses are industrially hardened or made of CR39. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on this. However, if there is doubt then you will be required to obtain and wear a pair of safety clip-ons.

Hair protection shall be worn when working around moving machinery and/or when a designated area is in operation. The hair protection should be in form of a peak cap especially designed for industrial use. It should also come with a snood capable of fully containing the hair. A cap of fire-resistant material shall be worn when working in the various welding areas. You will be responsible for providing this protection.

Ear protection will be provided by the campus. If you wish to purchase your own, please ensure that it carries the Australian Standard Approval.


Use of mobile and electrical devices

Please be aware that the use of mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players and other electrical devices is not permitted in the classroom at any time. The only exception is if a student has sought special permission from the teacher prior to class due to an emergency situation. The use of a mobile phone as a calculator is also not acceptable.

This regulation has been implemented by all teaching staff and management of CQUniversity. The directive is in line with industry standards and clause 8.15 Student Responsibilities and Obligations in the CQUniversity Student Rules Policy (TAFE). Regulations will be monitored by teaching staff.

Signs have been posted in all classrooms and workshops to remind students of this regulation. Any student failing to abide by this directive will be referred to the Manager – Vocational Training.

Conditions and behaviour while on campus

Conditions and behaviour in campus workplaces are governed by the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and the provisions of this Act will be strictly applied.

Section 28 of this Act states: While at work, a worker must—

  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with this Act; and
  • Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the business or undertaking.


Staying on campus at the Student Residence will assist significantly with your cost of living as you will not bear the costs that go with a rental property such as electricity and a bond.

You will also be able to access Broadband internet facilities in your room for no additional cost.

For more information, visit our CQUniversityStudent Residences page.