Alanlisa

Full costs involved to get A class license upon arrival

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    Hi we're looking in to this and I don't think it's straight forward. All I can say is you now need so many hours supervised work to show you can do it before putting in for the license. It's a lot of Aussie Google searching I'm afraid. If I find anything I'll let you know x

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    Hi

     

    We arrived end of May last year my husband is and Electrician and its a bloody nightmare to get the A grade!

     

    First off you need to find someone to take you on which is pretty hard with a restricted licence. Then you book yourself for a 2 week regs course $2500 . You then get a load of assignments to do with no help from the college if you are stuck ( thankfully I found someone on here very helpful) you also need to get 1000 hours of work signed off by your employer.

    You will then need to do a comms course $800 plus a week off work then when you have completed all of that you can apply to to the capstone assessment $800 and another week off work ....if you pass you will get the A grade

     

    Sorry to sound negative but it has been a lot harder than we thought!

     

    When looking at jobs i was checking Gumtree every hour to find something for him because 95% of the jobs will require an A grade Electrician.

     

    Good Luck!

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    You also have to pay another $150 to vetassess once you complete everything to receive your cert 3, then a license fee of $400 for your A grade to energy safety

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    I've been in touch with the CET in Perth about the course and their's includes something to do with comms. Is it the same thing?

     

    This is the detail from their course information

     

    Units of Competency EEOZAMCG01A Apply Australian OHS practices in the work- place - AMCG EEOZAMCG02A Document occupational hazards and risks in electrical work EEOZAMCG05A Apply Australian Standards to multiple earth neutral (MEN) wiring circuits/systems - AMCG EEOZAMCG06A Select protection devices and systems for single and three phase low voltage circuits and electrical installations - AMCG EEOZAMCG07A Select and arrange equipment for single and three phase low voltage installations - AMCG EEOZAMCG08A Electrical installation, testing and verification - AMCG EEOZAMCG09A Verify compliance and functionality of Australi- an general electrical installations - AMCG EEOZAMCG13A Lay and connect cables for multiple access to telecommunication services - AMCG

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    It all sounds a bit doom and gloom for sparks? I've spoken to Lisa about the CET course in Perth. Does anyone know if this is any good and if it will enable fully qualified electricians in the UK to work in Oz?

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    It does sound bad at the moment :-(

    I am not going to let it put us off though :-)

     

    Got a text from my fiance today saying he's feeling determined today to make a start. Looks as though we're going to do vetassess in next few months! x

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    We are definitely getting everything sorted to complete the vetassess soon. Getting everything together for the paper assessment is a nightmare !!

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    Capstone is the Australian trade test that the apprentices do. If CET can provide gap training now then do it through them it will be better. The government TAFE's ( colleges) are terrible and very disorganised, I had no choice but to do it through TAFE when I arrived. The whole thing costs you around $10000 when you factor in lost earnings. Getting employment can be difficult and I have heard of people being paid as little as $25 ph which is a very small wage ( around 800 after tax) to support a family on and would cover a modest rental and weekly bills and no more.

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    No there is no way around the gap training. I just think it will be better organised and possibly a bit cheaper. A lot of electrical companies here send there apprentices to CET instead of TAFE.

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    You need the comms to get your cert 3. There are other courses you can select but i dont think the colleges run any classes for them so comms it is!

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    Hay

    Ive just emailed CET in Perth. They are really good there, it would be worth getting in touch as they can point you in the right direction and help you with what you have and need. Also the Grade A licence does not exist its old. There are new licencing so It would be beneficial for you to email them direct.

    coordinator3@cet.asn.au

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    I am in touch with them at the moment. They haven't mentioned the a class is no longer current though, what has it been replaced with? :what:

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    Apparently they are not current and the one required now is an unrestricted electrical workers license. It is a pain as there is no clear information. You're on the right track though if you're in touch with them :0)

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    I had a look at the leaflet and it looks like the comms elective to me. Whole thing is cheaper too. As for the A grade everyone still refers to it here as A grade in job ads etc. Its just an electrical license.

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    It doesn't say there's an additional cost for the comms elective either does it?

    Another good thing is u can register on to the course b4 u arrive into oz :thumbup:

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