Course Description

Build your knowledge of electrics from the ground up with this accredited, entry level course. From identifying electrical components to delivering excellent customer service, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to confidently apply for an apprenticeship or prepare for a career in the electrical industry.

Why study this course?

  • The knowledge and skills you gain throughout this course will ensure that you have the confidence and ability to start applying for apprenticeships in the electrical trade.
  • If you’re looking to move onto further study, this accredited qualification offers credit towards the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.
  • You’ll produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates the skills you learn throughout the course which can be presented to potential employers or used in apprenticeship applications.
  • Fictional characters and simulated scenarios are used throughout the course content to help you get a full understanding of real life work situations that apprentices deal with every day.
  • The Certificate II grants you access to the learning tool Trade Hub. Perfect for people who do not have much experience with mathematics or English, Trade Hub will help you to understand the key concepts in construction (area, volume, percentages, fractions, ratios, instructions, manuals and safety documents).
  • The course is delivered online, so there are no deadlines and no classrooms to attend. You study where you want, when you want.
Course number E1219
Qualification name UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Presentations, Projects
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Work, Health & Safety (WHS) in the workplace

  • Prepare to enter a work area.
  • Apply safe working practices.
  • Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control.

Work activities in the energy sector

  • Prepare to undertake routine work activities.
  • Carry out work as instructed.
  • Check results of the completed work.

Materials for energy sector activities

  • Prepare to identify components, accessories and materials.
  • Select components, accessories and materials.
  • Confirm selection of components, accessories and materials.

Solving routine electrotechnology problems

  • Perform fundamental numerical calculations to solve routine electrotechnology problems.
  • Complete work and report on calculated solutions.

Solve problems in d.c. circuits A

  • Prepare to work on d.c. electrical circuits.
  • Solve d.c. circuit problems.
  • Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Solve problems in d.c. circuits B

  • Prepare to work on d.c. electrical circuits.
  • Solve d.c. circuit problems.
  • Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Solve problems in d.c. circuits C

  • Prepare to work on d.c. electrical circuits.
  • Solve d.c. circuit problems.
  • Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Using equipment in the energy sector

  • Prepare to use routine equipment, plant and technologies.
  • Use routine equipment, plant and technologies.
  • Complete use of routine equipment, plant and technologies.

Deliver a service to customers

  • Interact with customers.
  • Identify customer needs.
  • Deliver a service to customers.
  • Evaluate and complete service.

Instructing on the use of electrotechnology devices

  • Prepare to instruct users.
  • Instruct users.

Environmentally sustainable procedures in the energy sector

  • Plan and prepare to apply sustainable work practice.
  • Apply sustainable work practice.
  • Complete the application of sustainable work practice.

Selecting electronic components for assembly

  • Prepare to select electronic components.
  • Select electronic components.
  • Complete work report.

Maintain documentation

  • Prepare to maintain documentation.
  • Maintain documentation.



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

The following equipment and tools will be supplied to you during Study Period 1:

  • Electronic Component Kit 50-in-1 Electronics Playground (Learn by Doing ™): A kit that will allow you to build electronic circuits.
  • Cat III multimeter with temperature, which includes data hold, relative measurement and a woven nylon pouch with room for the meter and included leads.
  • Scientific calculator,  allowing you to solve more advanced maths calculations.

These tools and equipment will also be useful if you choose to progress to the Certificate III qualification, as well as when you start working in the electrotechnology industry.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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