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Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)

Course summary

Are you interested in a career in Electrotechnology?

Learn more about pursuing a career in Electrotechnology/Electrician:

Learn more about taking on an apprentice or trainee, or commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship:

This course is an introduction to the electrical trade. It covers competencies for work entry programs providing grounding in safety, basic skills and knowledge for work in an electrotechnology discipline. 

Course details

Course type

  • Domestic

Delivery location

  • Ashmore Campus

Fee type

  • Certificate 3 Guarantee
  • Fee for Service

Application mode

  • Express your interest

Study area

Skill area

OutcomeCertificate II

Cost Information

Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding
Certificate 3 Guarantee is State Government funding for eligible people who do not already hold, or are not currently enrolled in, a post-school certificate III or higher level qualification, such as a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or University level qualification, but with the exception of some Foundation skills courses (i.e. literacy and numeracy based courses). A qualification attained overseas only prevents eligibility if it is one recognised by an industry or professional body as meeting Australian or Queensland registration or licensing requirements for a specific occupation. To meet the eligibility criteria, you must also be aged 15 years of age or above, no longer at school, and be either an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, and permanently residing in Queensland.  Although this funding is predominantly available to fund study in Certificate III courses, it is not actually available for all Certificate III courses, as it has been allocated by the Government for use to target areas in which there is more of an industry need for skilled workers. For details of funding programs available for lower and higher level courses, please contact GCIT on (07) 5581 8300.

If you are not eligible for a concession but are eligible for Certificate 3 Guarantee funding you will need to pay a contribution (Student Contribution Fee and Tuition Fee) towards your training.  Concessions are only available for those who hold an eligible Health Care Concession Card or Pensioner Concession Card, partners or dependants of those who hold such a card and are named on that person’s card, and those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

If you are eligible for a concession and for Certificate 3 Guarantee funding you will still need to pay an amount towards your training, but this amount will be charged at a concessional rate.  Concessions are available to holders of a Health Care Concession Card or Pensioner Concession Card, partners or dependants of those who hold such a card and are named on that person’s card, and those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Fee For Service
The fee charged for a program if a student is not eligible for any Government funding or does not wish to utilise Government funding.  For more information visit

Career prospects - more information

Graduates of this course will gain credits towards the underpinning knowledge of a Trade Certificate (First Year Apprenticeship) in the electrical trade.


  • To acquire mandatory requirements of occupational health and safety and how they apply to the electrotechnology industry.
  • Developing skills in basic fitting and fabrication techniques as they apply in the various utilities industry work functions.
  • Acquired skills and understanding for fixing, securing and mounting techniques as apply in the various electrotechnology work functions.
  • Develop skills with the use of drawings, diagrams, cable schedules, standards, codes and specifications as they apply to the various electrotechnology work functions.
  • Essential skills in the use of routine tools, equipment and personnel protective equipment required to do work in the energy sector environment.
  • Development of skills to undertake scheduled routine work activities in the energy sector in an agreed time, to a quality standard and with a minimum of waste.
  • To develop a sound understanding in identified components, accessories or materials for the electrotechnology industry.
  • Develop skills in the use of apparatus manufacturer's instruction material, basic instruction methods and evaluation and completing documentation for the electrotechnology industry.
  • Develop the basic use of personal computers application relevant to a work function.
  • Establish employability skills with 80hrs of onsite vocational placement.

Hours of Study

Classes are held from 8.00am-3.45pm (Wednesday classes commence 9.30am).

Entry requirements

Energy Skills Queensland recommends that students should have completed Year 10 with passes in Mathematics, English and Science and have a minimum entry age of 14.

See 'Cost Information' field above for clarification on funding eligibility.

Delivery Method

Vocational Placement
Vocational Placement is used to link the skills and knowledge acquired during your qualification.  It provides the opportunity to develop your skills in a practical environment.  The Certificate II in Electrotechnology requires you to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of vocational placement to attain your certificate.  We encourage all students to be proactive in finding a placement as an opportunity to develop a relationship within the Electrical industry. You may find your placement prior to the commencement of your course, however for legal, liability and insurance reasons you must not start at your agreed workplace until after your course has commenced and insurance is in place.

Finding a placement:

  • Your placement needs to be with a licensed Electrician.
  • While on placement you will be insured by GCIT and not paid.
  • Placement can be undertaken one day per week and/or during an allocated two week period at the end of the course (16 June – 27 June 2014). 
  • This is an opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate attitude and interest in the Electrotechnology field, increasing your chance of future employment.

To find out what language, math and science knowledge are required to enter the Electrotechnology trade, follow this link for further helpful information including an online 'Self-Assessment tool' -

Resources required

Students will require protective clothing, steel capped boots, scientific calculator, a ring binder with suitable ruled paper, and a pen.  Students are to bring a calculator on the first day.

An optional text book "Electrical Principles" (approximately $105.00) can be obtained through most bookstores.

Unit code Unit name Unit type
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace Core
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits Core
UEENEEE141A Use of routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment Core
UEENEEE148A Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment Core
UEENEEE179A Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities Core
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector Core
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications Elective
UEENEEE020B Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus Elective
UEENEED101A Use computer applications relevant to a workplace Elective
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components Elective
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment Elective
VPC210 Vocational placement Elective

There may be one or more elective competencies, these may differ between institutes. Please contact the institute for more information.

Enrolment instruction

Information is correct at the time of publication; however, Institute policies, fees and details are subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments, accreditation and registration requirements.

Gold Coast

Phone: 07 5581 8300
Phone (international): +61 (7) 5581 8398