About the course

About the course

This state accredited electrical and refrigeration course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge across a range of sectors, including electrical, electronics, refrigeration and mechanical engineering. 

This hands on pre-apprenticeship program will provide you with a broad understanding of the electrical industry, learning how to use tools, electrical wiring and equipment of the Electrical Trade, in addition to an introduction to basic Air Conditioning Systems.

On completion of this course you will also receive a White Card enabling you to work safely on a building site. This will provide you with a better standing when applying for an apprenticeship with an employer.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Box Hill: July, August, October

Lilydale: July, October

Full time: 10 weeks

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

This course prepares you for employment as an apprentice electrician.

Box Hill Institute has numerous affiliations with industry. Part of our role is not only to educate and train you but also to assist you finding employment opportunities through real industry contacts.

Our aim for this course is to get you work ready. With this in mind we will deliver this course with a focus on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

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Entry Requirements

You must have completed Year 11 or equivalent


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

On successful completion, you may wish to apply to a Certificate III (apprenticeship) in your chosen field.

This course will provide some credits toward the Certificate III in Electrotechnology or the Certificate III in Appliance Servicing and Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,203.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $243.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,794.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$380.20
Retain Course Items***$90.00
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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