Changes to the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician apprenticeship training package
Updates to the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician apprenticeship training package were announced last year. As they begin rolling out in the next few months, we’re looking at what the new package involves. The new training package for apprentice electricians, UEE30820, replaces the current apprentice course, UEE30811.
The Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician provides apprentices with the knowledge and skills to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in building and premises. It also includes Electrical Regulators requirements for an ‘electrician’s licence’.
When will the package be rolled out?
Initial discussions with the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) indicate that the package will roll out sometime in May 2021.
How will it affect apprentices enrolled in the old package?
The aim is to minimise the impact on apprentices, so we have been working with TAFE’s and DTWD to formulate the rollout with the least amount of implications for apprentice electricians and employers.
Some apprentices will finish their apprenticeship using the old package, UEE30811; however, many of them, particularly those that started in 2021 before the rollout, will be transitioned to UEE30820.
Apprentices transitioning to the UEE30820 will need to undertake additional training in the following areas:
- Isolation of renewable and alternative energy sources.
- Testing of systems.
- Health and safety requirements.
This qualification replaces and is not equivalent to UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
Why are these changes being made?
While there will be some upheaval, with the changes in technology, industry practices, and licensing requirements, the new training package will better prepare our apprentices both from a technical and safety perspective.
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