How to Become an Electrician

To become an electrician you have to complete an Australian Apprenticeship.

An electrical apprenticeship combines training with working in a real job, for a real boss, with a real wage.

You will complete a four-year apprenticeship, including the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, as well as the licensing assessments.

While you walk in to your apprenticeship with very little, you walk out as an experienced professional, ready for full-time employment, plus you get:

  • An opportunity to learn+earn at the same time.
  • A kickstart to your career.
  • A nationally recognised qualification.
  • You combine work and study at NECA Education & Careers.

What employers want

You will need to meet the language, literacy and numeracy requirements. While not mandatory, employers are attracted to candidates who have completed a Pre-Apprenticeship.

Work experience in a like or allied trade is also highly desirable. Relevant trades include plumbing, general building construction, bricklaying, carpentry, horticulture, electronic security, telecommunications, data & communication, AV technicians, engineering or mechanical trade.


Whether you’re a school leaver, looking for a career change or just finished an awesome gap year, below is the pathway to becoming an electrician.

Speak with NECA Education & Careers for more information on becoming an electrician. You can email us at or contact us online today.

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