This is a pre-vocational course.
This pre-apprenticeship is designed to give you an edge when competing for an apprenticeship in the fields of electrical, instrumentation and air conditioning/refrigeration.
The electrotechnology pre-apprenticeship provides you with an introduction to two industries: electrical and refrigeration/air-conditioning. Taught full-time at RMIT, it mixes theory with the practical skills required across these industries.
This certificate allows you to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to help you make informed decisions about your career path. It leads to an apprenticeship as an electrician or an air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
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This certificate combines classroom-based activities with a range of hands-on practical tasks that will prepare you for employment as an apprentice in your chosen field.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. Assessment methods include exams, assignments, projects and practicals.
Guest speakers from industry will enhance your learning experiences.
An industry engagement day is organised near the end of your course to provide you with relevant information on regulations, key employers and employment opportunities.
Students are also connected through industry associations and RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre to assist with securing a full-time apprenticeship.
You’ll develop industry specific skills including:
- extra-low voltage circuits
- fabrication of utilities and components
- solving electrotechnology problems
- providing reports for the energy sector.
You’ll also gain basic knowledge about the refrigeration and air conditioning industry by completing learning experiences in:
- single phase 230v
- refrigeration tubing and fitting
- basic vapour compression systems
- basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems.
You’ll also gain knowledge and experience on work health and safety in the construction industry and the general electrical and refrigeration industries.
At the end of this certificate, you’ll enhance your opportunities for employment as an apprentice electrician, refrigeration/air conditioning mechanic or electrical/instrumentation technician.
Subjects may change as training packages are updated.
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Program code: C2225
National curriculum code: 22499VIC
Completion of this certificate will provide you with skills suitable to enhance your opportunities for apprenticeships as either an electrician or an air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic. Both areas continue to see strong growth within Australia.
After completing your apprenticeship, you can choose to work for a company or for yourself.
Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. Electricians also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.
Tradespeople in these fields can be employed as:
- systems electricians on domestic, residential and heavy industrial buildings
- instrument technicians on measuring, process control and scientific instruments
- electronic tradespeople providing electrical installation, repair maintenance, modification and testing of electrical/electronic systems.
Refrigeration and air-conditioning tradespeople work in a range of sector and locations including as a commercial refrigeration mechanic:
- on shipping containers
- with trucks and transportation
- with industrial installations including supermarkets and bars
- within air-conditioning firms doing domestic or industrial air flow solutions.
There are no specific entrance requirements for this program but applicants who have literacy and numeracy skills that are equivalent to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skill Framework (ACSF) are best equipped to undertake this program.
As part of the RMIT enrolment process you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy assessment to help structure a learning program suitable for your specific needs.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this pre-apprenticeship will receive exemptions in the first year of study of:
- Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
For more information contact Study@RMIT.
Free TAFE for priority courses
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.
If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2021 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$450.00* per annum
- 2021 government subsidised place: AU$2,250* per annum
- 2021 full-fee place: AU$9,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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