Supporting the CDU Strategy, Connect Discover Grow and underpinned by our VET Strategy, the School of Trades vision is to create a quality workforce for the future.

We are highly experienced, motivated and empowered to provide quality outcomes in preparation for tomorrow.

The School of Trades delivers nationally accredited and non-accredited training in a range of courses and programs including apprenticeships, up-skilling and remote delivery. 

The School of Trades has a strong focus on quality and is able to provide literacy and numeracy support to students engaged in learning to support students to achieve their qualifications. Flexibility of delivery, the structure of courses and Customer Service are key cornerstones to us.

The School of Trades has also established a strong Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to engage further with industry and people who have been working within the industry for some time.

With funding from the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments, CDU has invested considerably in resources and equipment across the Faculty of VET.  In 2014, a new Trades Training centre was commissioned at the Casuarina campus to provide a modern state of the art training facility for the Electrotechnology and Plumbing industry sectors. A new Trades Skills Centre has been built at the Alice Springs campus to provide resources and facilities to support VET for Secondary Schools (VSS) in the Plumbing and Construction industries. These modern facilities provide state of the art equipment to ensure that students have access to modern facilities to enhance their learning.

In partnership with ERGT Australia and with funding from the Northern Territory Government, a state of the art Fire Training ground begins operation in August 2018. This facility will give CDU the capability to offer an additional range of training products related to Emergency response for a wide range of industries.

Training Consultants within our School support apprentices and employers in engaging with CDU, and supporting students and industry throughout their training. They will assist with signing off training plans, apprentice call-up dates, and are out on the road going to your business as required. Mentoring support is offered to first and second year apprentices in a number of industry areas to ensure that they are on track towards completing their studies in their chosen careers.

The School of Trades has the capacity to tailor specific programs and skills sets to the clients’ needs across a range of contemporary Trades related areas.

Teams within the School of Trades are:

Support to the energy sector is provided through the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.  A range of course offerings are available at the NACOG web site link below.

North Australia Centre for Oil and Gas


Trades Administrative Leader

Emma Saunders

T: 08 8946 7091

Contact us

For further information please contact:

  • Administrative Leader:
  • (08) 8946 7091