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 the 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.

Enrolment And Payment Information

Students paying their own fees

The Student Contribution Fee is $1.60 per nominal hour of each Competency Unit (see your Training Plan for hours associated to each unit).

It is the responsibility of the apprentice to enrol and pay their enrolment fees prior to attending training at CQUniversity. You may not be able to access your exams and assessments if you are not enrolled.

Employers paying fees

If the employer has previously agreed to pay your fees and has provided us with an Authority to Invoice we will enrol you prior to the commencement of training and invoice your employer (except for students under the CSQ Reimbursement programs).

To set up an employer pays agreement an Authority to Invoice is required. Completed forms should be returned to

Concession Price Eligibility

To be eligible to pay the concession price you must be in one of the following circumstances and provide the necessary documentation at the time of enrolment/payment:

  1. Apprentices who are less than 17 years of age at the end of February, of the year of study and have not completed Year 12. You will need to present your birth certificate or proof of age card. An extract or a copy of either of these that has been signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) is also acceptable. To locate a JP ask at the campus, any police station, court house, school, bank or solicitor's office.
  2. Apprentices who are holders of Health Care Card/Health Benefits Card. You will need to present your card, or a copy that has been signed by a JP.
  3. Students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will need to indicate their status at enrolment.

Payment Options


Credit card payments can be made online through MyCQU. Sign in with your Student ID and password, visit your Profile in the top corner and then select the Finances tab. This will display your student account for the term as well as options to make a payment.

BPAY - Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable biller code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term. Payments of $10.00 or less cannot be made using BPay.

Australia Post POSTbillpay - Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable biller code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term. Payments of $10.00 or less cannot be made using BPay.  Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable billpay code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term.

In Person

Payment by EFTPOS and credit card (excluding Diners Card) can be made at any of the cashier's offices at Mackay City,  Rockhampton City, and Rockhampton North Campuses.

By Phone

CQUniversity will be able to accept your payment over the phone by calling 13 27 86. Payments can only be made over the phone between the hours of 9:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST.

Payment plans

As a student, you may be eligible to pay your course fees and charges in instalments through a Payment Plan.

For further information, on how to apply for a Payment Plan please email the Student Engagement Team –

Travel And Accommodation Information And Claim Process

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provide a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees to subsidise their expenses if they have to travel more than 100 kilometres return, to attend their closest training organisation.

How to apply

To apply for the subsidy,

  1. visit and
  2. click on “Apply for travel and/or accommodation subsidies” in the 'Quick links – I want to…' section.

If you apply online you can submit your claims prior to the end of your training block while still at college.

To apply online you will need to enter your

  • surname
  • first name
  • date of birth
  • your 9-digit training contract registration number

This number is found on your training plan and training notices.

You can also submit a hard copy ATF-022 Travel and accommodation claim form but payment will be processed faster if the application is received electronically. If you choose to submit a hardcopy form you will need to have your teacher sign off on the document on the last day of your block and will also need administration at your local campus to stamp and approve. Forms can then be emailed to

For more information about subsidies, visit or telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210

Cquniversity Student Residences

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.

Useful Links

For more information regarding training and enrolment please phone the 13 27 86.