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Electrotechnology (Pre-Vocational)

Certificate II in

Free TAFE Code: 22499VIC
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.



Heidelberg, Epping


10 weeks full time


10 weeks full time

Secure your future in electrotechnology

The electrotechnology industry is experiencing job growth, particularly in the construction, building and maintenance fields, providing plenty of opportunities for qualified electricians. This course provides you with the framework to start your electrical apprenticeship.

In particular, this course provides training in basic electrical theory, electrical workshop practices, wiring and basic installation skills, the use of hand and power tools and an overview of the electrotechnology industry, and the range of occupations within.

Industry connections and resources

Let Melbourne Polytechnic’s qualified and trade-experienced teachers guide you through your pre-apprenticeship studies. You will have access to the latest industry technology and learn trade terminology and techniques.

Our excellent facilities include an industry standard fabrication workshop, wiring workshop and PC and electrical laboratories. You will learn thorough Energyspace®, an online Learning Management System, for all of our content delivery and assessment requirements.

Our teachers focus on your progress throughout the course, providing quality personal attention to ensure that you are industry ready.

This course is aligned with the general electrical contracting industry in association with apprentice employers, and is recognised by state and national training boards.

Course outcomes

This pre-vocational course is mainly aimed at school leavers or new entrants into the workforce. It provides the opportunity for those wishing to gain employment in the electrotechnology industry with the required prerequisite knowledge to gain access to a wide range of apprenticeships offered within the industry.


You will be assessed through written and oral questioning, observation of practical tasks and project work.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

With a booming building trade comes plenty of opportunities for qualified electricians, particularly in the construction, building and maintenance fields. These areas lead to an exciting career in the electrical trades as an electrician, electrical fitter, electrical machine repairer, renewable energy installer, refrigeration mechanic and instrument technician.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Core 6
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Core 18
UEENEEE101A Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace Core 20
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components Core 40
UEENEEE103A Solve problems in ELV single path circuits Core 40
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment Core 20
UEENEEE141A Use of routine equipment plant technologies in an energy sector environment Elective 60
UEENEEJ104A Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems Core 20
UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 volt supply Elective 20
VU21544 Install a sustainable extra low voltage energy power system Core 30
VU22333 Perform intermediate engineering computations Core 40
VU22670 Provide an overview of the electrotechnology industry Core 30
VU22671 Use test instruments in the electrotechnology industry Core 20
VU22672 Carry out basic electrotechnology project Core 40
VU22673 Carry out basic network cabling for extra low voltage (ELV) equipment and devices Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $380 $1900 $6650
Materials fee $200 $200 $200 $200
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $450 $755 $2350 $7100
Per year $0
Per semester $0

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


As a general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have a minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3. It would be advantageous if you have completed Year 11 with some studies in maths and science.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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