What is this course all about?

Learn how to repair electrical circuits, use and maintain testing equipment and measuring devices, service and repair batteries, remove and tag automotive electrical system components and much more. This qualification will give you the advantage when you approach an employer for an apprenticeship.

Polytechnic West is the only TAFE College in the State that offers this qualification. Carlisle Campus is WA's major centre for automotive studies and panel beating. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices at Polytechnic West enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment to train on, including vehicles, specialised automotive repair and diagnostic equipment, fully equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops. This excellent training program is highly competitive. With dedicated industry-experienced lecturers, state-of-the-art facilities, and the latest equipment and technology, you can be assured you will learn the latest techniques and skills that are industry relevant.

What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?

Successful completion of the Certificate I in Automotive Pre-apprentice (Electrical) provides graduates with entry requirements to other qualifications including the Certificate of Trade Studies (Apprenticeship qualification).


Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to gain a pre-apprenticeship or an apprenticeship to become an automotive mechanic, or a tradesperson in another automotive related trade. You will need to be employed and registered as an apprentice before you can commence apprenticeship training.

Where can I study this course?

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Established in the 1960’s, our Carlisle campus is now known as one of Perth's best kept secrets. On the outskirts of the Perth CBD, Carlisle’s modest buildings house some of the most sophisticated equipment in the world. Our Carlisle campus houses some of the most sophisticated training equipment in the world and is Western Australia's major centre for automotive studies and panel beating.
Carlisle Campus
What is the study commitment?
Full time
What is the course duration?

1.5 semesters full-time.

What sort of course is it?
Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
Study mode
What do I learn?
Certificate I in Automotive (Pre-Apprenticeship Automotive Electrical) PSC - Full-time as at 11/2/09
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What are the entrance requirements?

How much does this course cost?

Students from overseas, please check http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/international for the course costs. 

For Australian citizens (and / or permanent residents) residing in Western Australia: 

Polytechnic West’s estimated fees for 2015 are now available at the following link: http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/future-students-1/fees-charges/

Students in Diploma and above qualifications may be assisted through having access to a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, if they are a Citizen of Australia (OR on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa and resident in Australia for the duration of the course).

Concessions will continue to be available for eligible courses at certificate levels I through to IV. Eligible students include holders of either a health care or pensioner concession card, recipients of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, or Youth Allowance, and young people aged 15 to 17 years.

        (http://s3.amazonaws.com/pwafiles/Web+Uploads/Dates+handout+slip.pdf) Full-time enrolments are still available for for some courses for semester 1, 2015, contact 9267 7500 for assistance.

Flexible, Online and External courses usually have ongoing enrolments contact (08) 9267 7500 for for assistance.

The best way to apply for entry to a full-time course for next semester is to apply online at :


This method of application will check for common errors in your application.

or alternatively you may complete an Application Form which is available at any public college or the Career Development Centre.

If you miss the dates, are unsure of meeting the entry requirements, or are in financial difficulty, contact (08) 9267 7500 for advice on options. 


You do not have to pay an application fee.
Changes of preference are free of charge.



September 01, 2014     Applications available to study full-time in first semester of 2014.

November 03, 2014     Final closing date for courses requiring a folio to be submitted.  No applications for these courses are accepted after this date.

December 05, 2014     Final closing date for late applications to be considered in the first round of offers.

January 02, 2015     Closing date for applications to be considered in the second round of offers.

January 05, 2015     First round offer letters issued.

January 15, 2015     Second round offer letters issued.

(Not all qualifications are offered in the second semester)

May 04, 2015      Applications available to study full-time commencing mid-year in 2015.

June 5, 2015      Applications for courses requiring a folio close.

June 08, 2015      All other applications to study full-time commencing mid-year close.

June 24, 2015     Mid-year offer letters posted out.

Application Forms and supporting documents [copies of school reports, other qualifications and evidence of work experience] can be lodged at any public college campus or mailed to the Training Admissions Centre address on the back of the Application Form.

First semester runs from February to June (approx); second semester runs from July to December (approx).

Students wanting to enrol in bridging/access programs apply directly to the Polytechnic, not Training Admissions.

Training Admissions contacts successful applicants by letter with details of enrolment dates.

If this course is also offered as an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, please note the normal full-time admissions process does not apply to Apprenticeships or Traineeships.  To study as an apprentice / trainee, you must first obtain an apprenticeship / Traineeship with an employer in the Trade. Once you are employed as an apprentice, you can commence your Trade studies with Polytechnic West.

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Course Info: (08) 9267 7500
General Enquiries: (08) 9267 7777

PO Box 1336
Midland WA 6936

Email: info.centre@polytechnic.wa.edu.au