Trade courses in Australia

Australian Students

An apprenticeship involves learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson. In Australia, most trade-based apprenticeships take 4 years to obtain the Cert III in your trade. Foreigners cannot work a full 4-year apprenticeship in Australia. As you cannot obtain a work visa to do so.

Generally, during the apprenticeship, you will work on-site under your supervisor, as well as off-site with an education provider for a small amount of time.

 

Length

It takes 4 years to complete

Learning Method

Majority on site learningPartial in-class study

Qualification Obtained

Cert III in your Trade

Training location

Majority delivered on site by an employerPartially delivered in class by a teacher

 

International Students

International students can study a 1 or 2-year trade course at an education provider and receive the same qualification as an Australians who undertakes a 4-year apprenticeship. For example, an international student who goes to Tafe QLD and studies the Cert III in Carpentry for 2 years will receive the same qualification as an Australian who does an apprenticeship for 4 years. Both will hold the same certification.

The main difference is that for the majority of the time, international students learn their trade in a class or workshop setting. They are continuously learning new skills and also have vocational placement with an Australian employer.

A Vocational Placement is required for most trade courses, and generally involves 360 hours of experience on a real-life worksite. This sees student acquiring practical, hands on training to compliment their class studies.

 

Length

It takes 1 or 2 years to complete

Learning Method

Majority in-class study and practice 360 hours of vocational placements on site

Qualification Obtained

Cert III in your Trade

Training location

Majority delivered in class or workshop by a teacherPartially delivered on site by an employer