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.
This is a pre-vocational course.
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.
Guest speakers enhance your learning experience, and an industry engagement day builds your network.
We'll help you, through industry associations and RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre, in securing a full-time apprenticeship.
Recognised by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).
Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.
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 student portal. Assessment methods include exams, assignments, projects and practicals.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
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:
You’ll also gain basic knowledge about the refrigeration and air conditioning industry by completing learning experiences in:
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.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Please note: This certificate is also offered at the Bundoora campus. You will be able to select the campus (City or Bundoora) when you apply. See Apply page for intake dates and location details.
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:
Refrigeration and air-conditioning tradespeople work in a range of sector and locations including as a commercial refrigeration mechanic:
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.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
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.
Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
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.
*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.
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.
**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 2024 is $351.
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.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.