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How long does it take to become a tradie?

The time it takes to become a qualified tradesperson in Australia depends on the specialisation you choose, and your ability to meet all the skills requirements of the trade.

A typical full-time trade apprenticeship takes 3 to 4 years to complete.

Becoming a tradie involves a combination of on-the-job experience and study of a nationally accredited qualification.

Your hands-on skill development and training are done in a real workplace under the supervision of qualified tradespeople. You’ll be “on the tools” gaining experience in your trade specialisation.

As you progress through your apprenticeship, you will be exposed to different tools, machinery, and tasks based on the trade occupation requirements.

In addition to your hands-on work, you’ll also attend a Registered Training Organisation (like TAFE) to complete blocks of off-the-job training. Your apprenticeship includes the study of a relevant vocational qualification (usually a Certificate III).

As an apprentice, you’ll be paid for the work you do AND your training blocks. Pay rates increase as you progress through your apprenticeship.

Once you have completed your Certificate qualification and have satisfied the trade competency requirements, your apprenticeship will be complete and you’ll be a qualified tradesperson.

Get started in an Australian Apprenticeship by researching what trade specialisation would best suit you.

Check out the MIGAS Jobs Board for 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.