This is a pre-vocational program.
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.
The program 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.
*Programs may change as training packages are updated.
This program 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'll 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 program 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 program, you’ll enhance your opportunities for employment as an apprentice electrician, refrigeration/air conditioning mechanic or electrical/instrumentation technician.
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|Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)||City Campus||
10 weeks full-time
10 weeks full-time
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Program code: C2219
National curriculum code: 22261VIC
Completion of the program will provide you with skills suitable to enhance your opportunities for apprenticeships as either an electrician or an air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
After completing your apprenticeship, you can choose to work for a company or for yourself.
Both areas continue to see strong growth within Australia.
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.
Free TAFE for priority courses
From January 1 2019, the Victorian Government is waiving tuition fees for this program, as well as other priority government-subsidised non-apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE 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.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$400* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$2,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$8,750* 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$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- 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 criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
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).
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 2020 is $308.
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.