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0.5 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Not available to international students.

Course code



This qualification covers competencies for work entry program providing grounding in safety and basic skills and knowledge for work in any electrotechnology discipline.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification include:
>Electrotechnology Career Start Trainee
>Electrical Trade Assistant
>Telecommunications Trade Assistant

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.


2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $639.00 - $699.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $5,325.00 - $5,825.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

CDU trades student

Why study trades at CDU?

Whether you're an apprentice, a trainee, or already working in the industry, our trades courses are for you.

Start your career or upskill in a variety of areas from construction and electrotechnology to plumbing and metal trades. Wherever your interest lies, you'll learn from experts with industry-standard technologies and tools so you can graduate workplace ready.

  • NT's largest training provider
  • Access to specialised trade training facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning so you can qualify faster

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities - Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start), a total of thirteen (13)  to fourteen (14) units of competency must be completed comprising eight (8) core units totalling 270 weighting points and approximately five (5) to six (6) elective units totalling 140 weighting points as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. Electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

To achieve a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start), a total of thirteen (13)  to fourteen (14) units of competency must be completed comprising eight (8) core units totalling 270 weighting points and approximately five (5) to six (6) elective units totalling 140 weighting points as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. Electives offered may vary between campuses.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 426 - 466(total weighting points 410).

 Module/Unit of Competency

Weighting Points


CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry106
UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace2020
UEECD0009Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment*4040
UEECD0021Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities*2020
UEECD0038Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems6060
UEECD0046Solve problems in single path circuits*4040
UEECD0052Use routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment*4060
UEERE0021Provide basic sustainable energy solutions for energy reduction in residential premises4040
 Total nominal hours – core units270286
ELECTIVE UNITS - GROUP B (to a total of 140 weighting points)
ICTICT203Operate application software packages2060
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components*4040
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment*2020
UEEEC0060Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components*4040
UEERL0001Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply*2020
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector2020
UEECD0035Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus2020
 Total weighting points – elective units140180
 Total weighting points for this qualification410426-466

Please note: Competencies marked * have pre-requisite competencies as listed below.

UEECD0007 is pre-req for all units marked *

UEECD0009 is additional pre-req for UEECD0021 and UEEEC0060


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numberacy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify and areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

To gain entry into UEE22020 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) candidates are required to have completed Cardio Pulminary Resusitation (CPR) training prior to commencing qualification.

The course is designed for candidates who are seeking employment in the Electrotechnology industry. For example:

  • Adult learners looking to enter the Electrotechnology industry;
  • School leavers or Years 10, 11 or 12 wishing to gain a career in the industry;
  • Career changers/ re-skilling.

With the knowledge and competencies gained the student will be at an advantage to gain an apprenticeship as they have already completed several units towards an apprenticeship in Electrotechnology.

All of my lecturers were top notch former tradies with a solid grasp of what they were teaching. Whatever my issue was, they were always there for me. It was great.


CDU student

Yron VET Trades

Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus, workplace assessment, RPL assessment

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Electrical Or Telecommunications Trades Assistant
Area of study

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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CDU VET has several pathways for you to apply.


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Admission requirements for domestic students

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How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


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