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3 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 4 to 6 years. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and/or units selected and will vary depending upon how long a student takes to reach the required competency level



Not available to international students.

Course code



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 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 is $3,570.00, and for students who are not eligible is $12,750.00.

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 training provider 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 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.

Course structure

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 1020
The total Weighting Points
for the sequence listed below is 1060

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyWeighting PointsNom Hours
Competencies marked * have pre-requisite competencies
UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace2020
UEECD0016Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work*2020
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components*4040
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment*2020
UEECD0043Solve problems in direct current circuits*8080
UEECD0045Solve problems in multiple path extra-low voltage (ELV) a.c. circuits*4040
UEECD0051Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications*4040
UEECO0009Participate in instrumentation and control work and competency development activities6020
UEEIC0013Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers*6060
UEEIC0021Find and rectify faults in process final control elements*4040
UEEIC0022Install instrumentation and control apparatus and associated equipment*2020
UEEIC0023Install instrumentation and control cabling and tubing*2020
UEEIC0029Set up and adjust PID control loops*4040
UEEIC0030Set up and adjust advanced PID process control loops*4040
UEEIC0031Set up and configure human-machine interface (HMI) and industrial networks*6060
UEEIC0038Solve problems in density/level measurement components and systems*4040
UEEIC0039Solve problems in flow measurement components and systems*4040
UEEIC0041Solve problems in pressure measurement components and systems*4040
UEEIC0043Solve problems in temperature measurement components and systems*4040
UEEIC0047Use instrumentation drawings, specifications, standards and equipment manuals*4040
UEEIC0048Verify compliance and functionality of instrumentation and control installations*4040
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector2020
UEERL0004Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring*6060
 Total nominal hours – core units920880
ICTICT214Operate application software packages2060
UEECO0002Maintain documentation2020
UEECD0011Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes2020
ELECTIVE UNITS GROUP B (Minimum 80 pts required)
UEEIC0036Set up water analysis measuring and control instruments*2020
UEEIC0035Set up scientific analysis measuring and control instruments*2020
UEEIC0037Set up weighting measuring and control instruments*2020
UEEIC0046Trouble shoot process control systems*6060
UEEIC0004Calibrate, adjust and test measuring instruments*4040
UEECS0033Use engineering applications software on personal computers4040
 Total nominal hours - elective units140140
 Total nominal hours for this qualification10601020


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


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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

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).

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.

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.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)
Area of study
Electrotechnology, Engineering

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

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How to apply for international students

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


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