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Earn while you learn. Combine your A-Grade Electrical Apprenticeship (Certificate III In Electrotechnology – Electrician) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Information Engineering) (Honours).

Applications for 2024 close soon. Call (03) 5327 6586 or email dual.electrical@federation.edu.au for more information.

As part of a Victorian Government funded project, the Ai Group Centre for Education & Training is partnering with industry, Federation University and NECA Education & Careers to create an electrical dual qualification.

The course combines the A-Grade Electrical Apprenticeship (Certificate III In Electrotechnology – Electrician) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Information Engineering)(Honours) to produce highly skilled, STEM proficient licensed A Grade Electricians – achieving this combined qualification in a six-year timeframe.

The combination will provide candidates with multiple qualifications and certifications. Businesses will benefit from a practically-skilled tradesperson with advanced system understanding.

Why has this program been developed?

We're addressing a gap in the skills market identified by industry. Modern control systems in sophisticated industry applications have outpaced the current trade knowledge, but the engineering staff who understand the systems are unlicensed to physically work on them.

The outcome of this program will be a certified A-Grade electrician with advanced STEM knowledge who is able to design, install, commission and maintain these advanced systems.

How will the program be delivered?

The Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician will be delivered by NECA Education & Careers based out of their new state of the art Dandenong Campus. The Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Information Engineering)(Honours) will be delivered by Federation University with an option to attend either the Ballarat or Berwick campus.

The project will be delivered under the apprenticeship block release training model (nine x 1 week blocks per year). Candidates will have completed the required elements of the Certificate III at the completion of the fourth year. Post the completion of the required profiling, candidates will be eligible to sit the A Grade Licence at approximately four years or early in the fifth year of the program.

Our partners

This project is delivered in conjunction with our partner NECA Education & Careers (RTO Code 21098) and delivered with Victorian State Government funding.

Further information

Register as a Future Student (Candidate) to start in 2024

Commence an apprenticeship combined with advanced education studies to achieve an outcome that would otherwise take up to eight years.


  • Earn while you learn, be paid to study and achieve your goals.
  • Apprenticeship paid by government funding.
  • HECS will be applicable to the Bachelor portion of the program.
  • Gain valuable practical experience while applying your knowledge in the workplace.
  • Obtain the Certificate III electrotechnology qualification (UEE30820).
  • Receive the A Grade Electrician certification, awarded by Energy Safe Victoria.
  • Obtain a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Information Engineering) degree overseen by Engineers Australia.
  • Achieve all this within a reduced duration compared to separate study plans.

Pre-requisites for entry

To be eligible* to join this course candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Year 12 completion
  • ATAR of 60 or above
  • Current Year 12 Students are encouraged to apply and can be offered places pending final results.
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

* Appropriate candidates that fall short of the above criteria may be eligible to apply via a special entry program which involves an interview with Federation University.

Register your interest as an Employer

Employ an apprentice within the known apprenticeship framework but reap the benefits of the practical skills combined with advanced knowledge.

This innovative program will suit businesses involved with:

  • automated systems
  • advanced control environments
  • Interconnected power systems
  • electrical networks
  • energy efficient systems
  • organisations that have traditionally employed electrical apprentices, electrical engineers and A Grade electricians.

The program aims to utilise the practical application experience and profiling gained during the electrical apprenticeship to compliment the advanced electrical engineering education undertaken as part of the Bachelor degree.


  • Gain an employee with advanced STEM knowledge and ability to apply it in the workplace.
  • Create a pipeline of talent for your business.
  • Benefit from staff with the ability to work in various aspects and applications of the business.
  • Obtain these combined benefits within a reduced period.

Companies will follow their standard advertising, selection and recruitment processes whilst screening for the prerequisite requirements. Guidance is available to employers through our program education partners for reviewing candidates and enrolment.  The candidates will need to have employment and training contracts signed in time to be enrolled for training commencement in February 2024.

All statutory and regulatory elements of each qualification will be met and accredited by NECA and Federation University respectively.

Contact us

For more information on this course please contact the Dual Electrical Qualifications Program team:

(03) 5327 6586