Trade courses for international students

Trade courses in Australia

The way domestic students and international students learn a trade in Australia is different. The table below details the difference in modes of learning. Irrespective of these differences, both international and domestic students will obtain the same Australian recognised qualification.

Australian Students

An apprenticeship involves learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson. In Australia, most trade-based apprenticeships take 4 years to obtain the Cert III in your trade. Foreigners cannot work a full 4-year apprenticeship in Australia. As you cannot obtain a work visa to do so.

Generally, during the apprenticeship, you will work on-site under your supervisor, as well as off-site with an education provider for a small amount of time.

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Length

It takes 4 years to complete
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Learning Method

Majority on site learningPartial in-class study
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Qualification Obtained

Cert III in your Trade
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Training location

Majority delivered on site by an employerPartially delivered in class by a teacher

International Students

International students can study a 1 or 2-year trade course at an education provider and receive the same qualification as an Australians who undertakes a 4-year apprenticeship. For example, an international student who goes to Tafe QLD and studies the Cert III in Carpentry for 2 years will receive the same qualification as an Australian who does an apprenticeship for 4 years. Both will hold the same certification.

The main difference is that for the majority of the time, international students learn their trade in a class or workshop setting. They are continuously learning new skills and also have vocational placement with an Australian employer.

A Vocational Placement is required for most trade courses, and generally involves 360 hours of experience on a real-life worksite. This sees student acquiring practical, hands on training to compliment their class studies.

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Length

It takes 1 or 2 years to complete

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Learning Method

Majority in-class study and practice 360 hours of vocational placements on site

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Qualification Obtained

Cert III in your Trade
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Training location

Majority delivered in class or workshop by a teacherPartially delivered on site by an employer

Studying a Trade in Australia

This video discusses some of the most common questions we are asked about learning a trade in Australia.

Trade courses to study

Here’s a list of course you can study either under apprenticeship or through international study.

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Carpentry

Course Summary

12-24 months
$9,000 – $15,000 per year
Intake from January and July

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Boat Building

Course Summary

12-24 months
$15,000 - $20,000
Intake from Jan and July

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Automotive Mechanic

Course Summary

12-24 months
$15,000 - $25,000
Intake monthly

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Commercial Cookery

Course Summary

24 months
$7,500 – $13,000 per year
Intake monthly

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Heavy Diesel Mechanic

Course Summary

12-24 months
$5,000 - $10,000
Intake Jan, Apr, Jun and Jul

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Solid Plastering

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov

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Bricklaying

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake January and July

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Wall & Floor Tiling

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake monthly

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Electrical Instrumentation

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake Feb, Apr, Jul, Oct

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Automotive Body Repair

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep

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Automotive Electrician

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct

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Engineering Fabrication

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake July

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Electrical Engineering

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake February

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Airconditioning & Refrigeration

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake Feb, Jul and Oct

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Cabinet Making

Course Summary

12-24 months
$15,000 - $25,000
Intake February and July

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Joinery

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake January and July

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Painting and Decorating

Course Summary

12-24 months
$10,000 - $15,000
Intake monthly

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Plumbing

Course Summary

12 months
$15,000 per year
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov

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Frequently Asked Questions

In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

Can I do a trade apprenticeship in Australia?

International students can’t do apprenticeships in Australia. Instead, they can study a vocational course to become qualified in a trade. The course combines workshop and vocational learning. Check this page for more info.

Can I do a trade apprenticeship in Australia? was last modified: December 4th, 2020 by PTA

Can I work while studying a trade?

On a student visa you’ll be permitted to work 40 hours per fortnight during class times. During any holiday periods there’s no restrictions on how many hours you can work. If your partner is a dependent on your visa, they’ll be able to work 40 hours per fortnight at all times

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Do I need to pay for the course in full?

All of the courses are available on payment plans, so you’ll pay for your tuition every month, term or semester.

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How much is the course deposit?

The deposit payment varies from education providers. Generally speaking, students can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 – $7000 AUD for their deposit.

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Where can I study a trade?

International students can study trades in every state in Australia. There are courses available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg and many more locations

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How long does it take to complete a trade qualification?

Trade qualifications generally take 24 months to complete in Australia.

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What is vocational placement?

Vocational Placement is a requirement for most trade courses, and students generally undertake 360 hours throughout the duration of their course. A student is placed in a real-life work site and receives practical training and experience on site. This video we made explains vocational placement in more detail

What is vocational placement? was last modified: December 4th, 2020 by PTA

Are trade workers in high demand in Australia?

Yes, there are many trades that are in high demand in Australia. There are a number of trades on Australia Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL)

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Can studying a trade in Australia lead to permanent residency?

Studying the right trade or vocational course can significantly increase your chances of obtaining an Australian work visa

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How much does it cost to study a trade in Australia?

Prices vary depending on the course, however the average price per year is between $7,000 – $14,000.

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How many days a week will I be studying a trade course in Australia?

Timetables vary depending on the trade and education provider, however most courses are 15-20 hours per week, over 2-3 days.

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Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?

These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries specifically European or North American countries accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always you check specifically with your home country.

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What visa do I need to study a trade in Australia?

The most common visa for international students studying trades in Australia is the Subclass 500 – Student Visa

What visa do I need to study a trade in Australia? was last modified: December 4th, 2020 by PTA

Can I include my partner and children on my student visa?

Yes, it is possible to add your partner to your student visa as a dependent, providing you meet the de facto requirement. More info on that here. Children can also be included as dependents

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How many holidays will I have while studying a trade course in Australia?

The holidays vary depending on the education provider. Generally speaking, students can expect to have roughly 10 – 15 weeks of holiday per year.

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Trade Courses in Australia for International Students was last modified: June 6th, 2021 by Nick Yock