How to Become an Electrician

Looking for a high-paying trades job that offers stability and plenty of excitement?

Electricians are one of the highest-paid tradies in Australia, and they’re in high demand throughout the country – which might be why the number of sparkies continues to grow so rapidly. In fact, the number of people working as electricians in Australia is expected to grow from 156,400 in 2018 to 163,500 by 2023.

While Aussie electricians mostly work in construction, manufacturing and mining, there are endless areas an electrician course can take you.

Whether you’re looking to work for a company or start your own business, if you think you’ve got what it takes to be a sparky, learn how to become an electrician with this advice from Major Training.

Electrician Courses

You’re required to successfully complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811) to work as a qualified electrician in Australia.

This nationally recognised electrician course equips you with all the knowledge and skills you need to become an electrician or self-employed electrical contractor. It also includes the ERAC requirements for an electrician’s licence, which you need to legally work as an electrician.

You’ll finish this course with the qualifications to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings and other domestic, commercial and industrial premises as a professional electrician.

To get a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, you’ll have to apply for an electrical apprenticeship. You must be employed full-time or part-time and have access to a work environment to be able to gain sufficient real-world experience to successfully complete the unit of competency requirements.

During your apprenticeship, you’ll get hands-on training with your employer along with structured training classes with an RTO. The assessment for this course includes a combination of knowledge and skills observation and employer reports.

How long does it take to become an electrician?

An electrical apprenticeship with Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician takes four years.

Apprenticeship probation is 90 days.

Give us a call on 1300 790 822 or enrol online to learn more about undertaking an electrical apprenticeship with Major Training.

How to Become an Electrician Apprentice

Not sure how to find an electrical apprenticeship?

As your apprenticeship is where you’ll be learning your skills and working closely with qualified sparkies, it’s important you take time to choose a workplace that suits you.

You can start by asking around at local electrical companies and checking newspaper classified sections for businesses offering apprenticeships. Once you have secured employment you can select Major Training as the RTO to train you!

We’re partnered with the Australian Apprenticeship Networks to offer apprentice training plans that suit your needs. Give our friendly team a call on 1300 790 822 to discuss your eligibility for an electrical apprenticeship today.

Learn more about becoming a sparky with our article What to Expect From an Electrical Apprenticeship.

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