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Vocational Education & Training

UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control

Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 3 year/s

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

* - 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 covers 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.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Electrotechnology include:
>Instrumentation and Control Technician
>Instrumentation and Control Senior Technical Officer
>Instrumentation Fitter

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.


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Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the UEE31220 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.


  • hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician, or,
  • hold an A-Grade Electrical Licence (unrestricted).

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

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 UEE 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 a UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control a total of thirty (30) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty-three (23) core and seven (7) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

A total of 1060 weighting points comprising, 920 core weighting points and 140 general elective weighting points from the elective units listed below. 0 and 60 weighting points can be taken from Group A; and between 80 and 140 weighting points must be taken from Group B; or all minimum 140 weighting points can be taken from Group B.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1100

Code Module/Unit of Competency Weighting Points Nom Hours
Competencies marked * have pre-requisite competencies
UEECD0007 Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20 20
UEECD0016 Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work* 20 20
UEECD0019 Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components* 40 40
UEECD0020 Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment* 20 20
UEECD0043 Solve problems in direct current circuits* 80 80
UEECD0045 Solve problems in multiple path extra-low voltage (ELV) a.c. circuits* 40 40
UEECD0051 Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications* 40 40
UEECO0009 Participate in instrumentation and control work and competency development activities 60 20
UEEIC0013 Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers* 60 60
UEEIC0021 Find and rectify faults in process final control elements* 40 40
UEEIC0022 Install instrumentation and control apparatus and associated equipment* 20 20
UEEIC0023 Install instrumentation and control cabling and tubing* 20 20
UEEIC0029 Set up and adjust PID control loops* 40 40
UEEIC0030 Set up and adjust advanced PID process control loops* 40 40
UEEIC0031 Set up and configure human-machine interface (HMI) and industrial networks* 60 60
UEEIC0038 Solve problems in density/level measurement components and systems* 40 40
UEEIC0039 Solve problems in flow measurement components and systems* 40 40
UEEIC0041 Solve problems in pressure measurement components and systems* 40 40
UEEIC0043 Solve problems in temperature measurement components and systems* 40 40
UEEIC0047 Use instrumentation drawings, specifications, standards and equipment manuals* 40 40
UEEIC0048 Verify compliance and functionality of instrumentation and control installations* 40 40
UEERE0001 Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 20 20
UEERL0004 Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring* 60 60
  Total nominal hours – core units 920 880
UEECO0002 Maintain documentation 20 20
UEECD0011 Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes 20 20
ELECTIVE UNITS GROUP B (Minimum 80 pts required)
UEEIC0036 Set up water analysis measuring and control instruments* 20 20
UEEIC0035 Set up scientific analysis measuring and control instruments* 20 20
UEEIC0037 Set up weighting measuring and control instruments* 20 20
UEEIC0046 Trouble shoot process control systems* 60 60
UEEIC0004 Calibrate, adjust and test measuring instruments* 60 60
UEECS0033 Use engineering applications software on personal computers 40 40
  Total nominal hours - elective units 260 220
  Total nominal hours for this qualification 1180 1100


Please note: Other units of competencies are available for credit transfer (CT) and recognition of prior learning (RPL).


Course fees

Domestic Students
2022 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

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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