Certificate IV in Electrical

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Nelson Campus
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PT: 1 to 3 years
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What does this course involve?

Increase your employment prospects as an electrical technician or start your own electrical contracting business with this industrial control techniques course.
You will develop your skills in setting up, writing programs for and commissioning programmable logic controllers.
You will also gain skills in discrete motor control circuitry and programming diagnostics, as well as how to diagnose and rectify faults in AC and DC motor drive systems.

Industry Affiliations

What employment opportunities will I have?

You may gain employment as an electrical technician in industrial environments or even work in advanced electrical and electronic situations with things such as maintenance, manufacturing, or become a contracting electrical consultant.


This course is accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)

What further study options will I have?

You may continue into the Diploma of Electrotechnology.

Can I apply?

You must have completed, or be in the process of completing, the Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Intake Dates

Rolling enrolments

Visit boxhill.edu.au/dates for further information.

How do I apply?

Direct entry

If you have any queries, please contact the Institute on 1300 BOX HILL (1300 269 445).

How will I be selected for this course?

Individual interview

Length of course

Part time - 1 to 3 years (evening) depending on choice of schedule

Where will I study?

Nelson Campus

What costs and other fees should I expect?

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This course is subject to Government subsidy for eligible students. Click the button on the right to find out if you will receive government assistance for this course. If you are not eligible for government subsidy, the full fee will apply.

Government Subsidised Fees

  1. Tuition Fee - $3.15 per hour. This course will typically cost $724.50 (full time).
  2. Concession Tuition Fee - 20% of the tuition fee. This course will typically cost $144.90 (full time).
  3. Service and Amenities Fee - $108.00 or $154.00
  4. Material Fees - contact the Institute
Full Fee

$16.02 per hour. This course will typically cost $3,684.60 (full time).

Group Training

If you are an employer seeking training for groups of employees, provide us with a few details and we will be in contact to discuss a customised package.

How will I be assessed?

  • Written assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Examination or testing

Study Abroad

Students studying this course have the opportunity to take part in a short exchange to SAIT Polytechnic in Canada.

Please see the Study Abroad page for further information.

Will my previous experience or study count?

Advanced Standing is approved recognition of prior learning that is displayed as an Exemption (EX) on the student’s academic record. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) takes into account the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained through your previous education and work. This may be through formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work experience, and can earn you credit if relevant to your chosen course.

Units of Competency

Conduct An Electrical Contracting Business
40.00 hr
Set Up And Commission Programmable Logic Controllers
40.00 hr
Write Programs For Programmable Logic Controllers
60.00 hr
Develop,Enter And Verify Program For Scada Systems
60.00 hr
Diagnose And Rectify Faults In Ac. Motor Drive Systems
60.00 hr
Diagnose And Rectify Faults In Dc.Motor Drive Systems
60.00 hr
The student tuition fee is indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student services and amenities fees and ACER Test fee. Tuition fees are charged at an hourly rate based on a unit’s total hours (degree courses excepted). All course level fees quoted are indicative annual fees only, based on the most common annual full time load for the course, or for part time and correspondence courses, an average annual student load. However annual fees may vary depending on the number and mix of units chosen at enrolment for study in the calendar year, including the number and mix of elective units chosen. In subsequent calendar years, fees may be subject to an increase in line with annual Institute fee pricing reviews. Fee rates are correct at the time of publishing. This qualification may have prerequisites, co-requisite or bridging units from lower or higher level qualifications. An offer of a place is always subject to places being available. The Institute reserves the right to close applications when the course is full. Where minimum course numbers are not met, the course may be cancelled at short notice. In such instances and only when possible, an alternative option may be suggested for accredited courses. For further clarification please seek advice from the Institute. Course information on this page is correct at time of publication.