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Vocational Education & Training

UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control

Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 4 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Area of study

This qualification provides competencies to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain systems and devices for measurement and recording of physical/chemical phenomenon and related process control.

This qualification is only available as an Apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Electrical Engineering, Electrotechnology include:

  • Electronics Tradesperson (Marine)
  • Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson
  • Instrumentation Fitter (Hazardous Areas)

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills 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. <br />

Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to UEE40411 Certificate IV in Electrical ¿ Instrumentation and other disciplines within Electrotechnolgy.

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control candidates are required to be:

  • Apprentices who have entered into a training contract with Australian Apprenticeships NT; or
  • Working in the Instrumentation and Control industry.

Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package.

Additional information

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

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

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve UEE312111 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control a total of twenty-nine (29) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty-three (23) core and six (6) elective units (depending on the unit's individual points) as detailed in the packaging rules and list below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1020.

Code Module/Unit of Competency

Weighting Points


Competencies marked # have pre-requisite competencies
UEENEEC024B Participate in instrumentation and control work and competency development activities 60 20
UEENEEE101A Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20 20
UEENEEE102A# Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40 40
UEENEEE104A# Solve problems in d.c. circuits 80 80
UEENEEE105A# Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20 20
UEENEEE107A# Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 40 40
UEENEEE119A# Solve problems in multiple path extra low voltage (ELV) a.c. circuits 40 40
UEENEEE137A# Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 20 20
UEENEEI101A# Use instrumentation drawings, specifications, standards and equipment manuals 40 40
UEENEEI102A# Solve problems in pressure measurement components and systems 40 40
UEENEEI103A# Solve problems in density/level measurement components and systems 40 40
UEENEEI104A# Solve problems in flow measurement components and systems 40 40
UEENEEI105A# Solve problems in temperature measurement components and systems 40 40
UEENEEI106A# Set up and adjust PID control loops 40 40
UEENEEI107A# Install instrumentation and control cabling and tubing 20 20
UEENEEI108A# Install instrumentation and control apparatus and associated equipment 20 20
UEENEEI110A# Set up and adjust advanced PID process control loops 40 40
UEENEEI111A# Find and rectify faults in process final control elements 40 40
UEENEEI112A# Verify compliance and functionality of instrumentation and control installations 40 40
UEENEEI113A# Setup and configure Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and industrial networks 60 60
UEENEEI150A# Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers 60 60
UEENEEK142A Apply environmental and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 20 20
UEENEEP013A# Disconnect-reconnect control devices connected to low voltage installation wiring 60 60
  Total nominal hours – core units (920) 880

ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY  (a total weighting of 140 points required)
Competencies marked # have pre-requisite competencies. 
(Select units totalling 140 points from the following groups)  

GROUP A (units can be selected from the units below to a maximum weighting of 60 points)  
UEENEEC001B Maintain documentation 20 20
UEENEED101A# Use computer applications relevant to a workplace 20 20

Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes.

 (Available for RPL or  Credit Transfer ONLY)

20 20

GROUP B  (units can be selected from the units below to a minimum of 80 points or to a maximum of 140 points total elective points for the course)    


Use engineering applications software on personal computers

(Available for RPL or  Credit Transfer ONLY)

40 40
UEENEEI114A# Trouble shoot process control systems 60 60
UEENEEI117A# Calibrate, adjust and test measuring instruments  40  40

Set up weighting measuring and control instruments 

(Available for RPL or  Credit Transfer ONLY)

20 20
UEENEEI132A# Set up water analysis measuring and control instruments  20 20

Set up scientific analysis measuring and control instruments

(Available for RPL or  Credit Transfer ONLY)

20 20
  Total nominal hours – elective units (140) 140
  Total nominal hours for the qualification (1060) 1020


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 Indicative fees for this course:
VET Tuition Fees: $3.570.00 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
Domestic Full Fees: $17,340.00 (for domestic full fee places).
Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.
2022: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

International Students

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