Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)


Course Length

Full time:

Pre-app 6mths

Part time:

VETDSS 2 yrs

Contact Hours

Full time:

Pre-app 4 days per week

Part time:

VETDSS 1 day per week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):


Delivery Mode



Course Overview

The Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) is the standard pre-apprenticeship pathway to beginning a career as an Electrician, teaching foundational skills in safety and first aid, as well as technical skills in electrotechnology components, accessories, and equipment.

This course can be delivered on campus, as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program, or as a pre-apprenticeship. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school.

This course is available as part of the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Electrotechnology industry as an Apprentice Electrician. Working in this industry may involve working outdoors or on on-site installations and servicing. Hours of work may vary depending on the employers’ requirements.

Further Study

Students wishing to continue with their studies may wish to undertake:

  • UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or
  • UEE32220 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $1,619.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $324.00

3. Full Fee: $2,961.00

Course Materials: $469.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Students considering this career should be relatively active and willing to undertake some manual labour.
  • Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement. This unit is an elective in this course.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
UEECD0007 - Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEECD0009 - Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment
UEECD0021 - Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities
UEECD0038 - Provide solutions and report on routine electrotechnology problems
UEECD0046 - Solve problems in single path circuits
UEECD0052 - Use routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment
UEERE0021 - Provide basic sustainable energy solutions for energy reduction in residential premises
Elective Units
UEECD0019 - Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEECD0020 - Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEECD0044 - Solve problems in multiple path circuits
UEERE0001 - Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEERL0001 - Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assessments
  • Questioning
  • Simulation
  • Projects
  • Observation

Attendance & Commitment


  • Duration: 6 months, classes 4 days per week on campus (7.6 hrs per class)
  • Students will work through their learning materials (via goLearn-LMS) between classes, for around 5 hours per week.
  • In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and prepare for their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.


  • Duration: 2 years
  • Students are released from school for 1 day a week, for 2 years to attend classes at a GOTAFE campus
  • Students will work through their learning materials (via goLearn-LMS) between classes, for around 2 hours per week.
  • In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students will complete their skills assessments during scheduled class hours and prepare for their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.