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Can you become an electrician without an apprenticeship in Australia?

No. In Australia, you must complete an apprenticeship to become a licensed electrician.

An electrician apprenticeship is typically 4 years in length and includes a mixture of study and on-the-job training. As part of your apprenticeship you will complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30820).

After completing your apprenticeship and obtaining your qualification, you can apply to your state’s electrical board for an electrician’s licence.

There are several options for starting your training as an electrician apprentice. You can:

  • Enrol in a Certificate II of Electrotechnology (UEE22020) where you will have a chance to decide if becoming an electrician is right for you
  • Apply for a school-based apprenticeship program which places you with a qualified electrician as a part-time apprentice – open to Year 10, 11 and 12 students
  • Apply for an electrician apprenticeship with local businesses or through a Group Training Organisation (GTO) like MIGAS

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Visit the MIGAS Jobs Board to find electrical apprenticeships available now.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.