In Australia, the career path for an electrician is similar to other countries and involves training, apprenticeship, certification and licensing. Good hand-eye coordination and methodical and technical ability are essential for this job. Excellent eyesight and color vision are also important since electricians must distinguish between color-coded wires.
Things You'll Need
- Professional certificates
Training and Certification
Select a reputable, accredited school in Australia that teaches the basic skills of becoming an electrician. Online courses are also available but only choose those associated with well-known, reputable institutes. The coursework takes about four years and includes theory and practical applications. For professionals who want to migrate to Australia, contact a visa application specialist. Such companies will manage visa applications on behalf of clients with electrical qualifications and experience.
Get certification. Take an exam that will test your mastery of code, general technical knowledge and theory. Passing the exam will give you a competitive edge because employers and contractors in Australia prefer certified electricians.
Complete an apprenticeship. Secure apprenticeship in any company or consider apprenticeship under a contractor. Certificate I in Electrotechnology offered in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) campuses around the country will help you get an apprenticeship. Contact Australian Apprenticeship (australianapprenticeships.gov.au/about/default.asp) for assistance on how obtain apprenticeship. An apprenticeship takes four years.
Get licensed. Apply for an electrician's license from your state's electrical registration and licensing authority. A license is offered according to the grade you wish to work in, and you will need a separate license to work in other states or territories. Contact your local electrical registration and licensing authority for details about acquiring your electrician license.
Here is a list of electrical registration and licensing bodies in the states and territories of Australia:
Australian Capital Territory
Building, Electrical and Plumbing Control
ACT Planning and Land Authority
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Dickson ACT 2602
Telephone: 61 2 6207 7775
New South Wales
Department of Fair Trading (DFT)
Home Building Licensing
Locked Bag A 5020
Sydney South NSW 1235
Electrical Workers and Contractors Board
Electrical Licensing Board
Ground Floor Cavenagh House
38 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 1722 Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 61 8 8981 5435
Department of Industrial Relations
Business and Occupational Licensing
PO Box 820
Lutwyche Qld 4030
Telephone: 61 7 3247 4711 or 1300 650 662
Office of Consumer and Business Affairs
Business & Occupational Services
Level 3, Chesser House, 91 - 97 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: 61 8 8204 9696
Electricity Standards and Safety
PO Box 56
Rosny Park Tas. 7018
Telephone: 61 3 6233 7851
Energy Safe Victoria
Level 3, 4 Riverside Quay
Southbank Vic. 3206
PO Box 262, Collins Street West
Melbourne Vic. 8007
Telephone: 1800 815 721
Electrical Licensing Board
20 Southport Street
West Leederville WA 6007
Telephone: 61 8 9422 5282
Submit job applications. Electrician jobs are available in building, mining, manufacturing, and in energy- and water-supply companies. Be prepared to travel especially if you get placement in a construction company.
Set up your business. Purchase electrician tools and equipment if you prefer self employment. Get test equipment, drilling tools, screwdrivers and other materials.
Tips & Warnings
- After completing your electrician training, keep studying as the field keeps evolving.
- Stay abreast of new developments in the electrical field.
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