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Establishing a Contracting Business

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This course is part of the full Electrical Contractors Course

The full electrical contractors course includes both nominee and business components, the Electrical Contractors Nominees / In-house Licence course and the Electrical Contractors Business Licence course.

This Electrical Licensing Board-approved course provides theoretical and practical training and is designed to enhance participants’ existing skill sets. The program will not only build upon your current electrical trade studies, it will also improve and refresh your knowledge of:

  • statutory requirements (Electrical Contractors Nominees/In-house Licence) 
  • legislation and process (Electrical Contractors Nominees/In-house Licence) 
  • inspection and testing of electrical installation work (Electrical Contractors Nominees/In-house Licence) 
  • business task management and monitoring business operations (Electrical Contractors Licence)*

The Electrical Contractors Nominees / In-house Licence course consists of one mandatory unit. This unit is delivered via face to face learning with a post - delivery design assignment to be satisfactorily completed before a certificate is issued.

The Electrical Contractors Business Licence course consists of two mandatory units. These units are delivered by the colleges e-Learning Blackboard platform with the student attending the college after all online work is completed for face to face assessment.


  • The Establishing a Contract Business component of the course is delivered fully online, start anytime
  • The online study business components of the course can be enrolled into separately, allowing you to start online while waiting to enrol into the next on-campus block of the Electrical Contractors Nominees / In-house Licence course
  • Once online learning is complete, book a day to take your practical assessment  on campus, you will have a maximum of six months to complete your practical assessment after enrolment

To be eligible you must hold a current electrical workers licence, restricted licence is not acceptable.

* Please note: If you are not working within an electrical contracting company, a person other than an electrical contractor may hold the business aspect of the licence. In this case, the electrical work will only be completed, under that aspect of the licence, by an electrician employed by that company and nominated by that same employer as the Nominees/In-house Licence holder.

Course materials required

Students are required to obtain the following materials prior to course commencement.

From South Metropolitan TAFE:
AS/NZS 3000 and all amendments
AS/NZS 3008.1.1
AS/NZS 3760
AS/NZS 3017

From State Law Publisher
ph 6552 6000
8.30am to 4.30pm
Electrical (Licencing) Regulations 1991 and all amendments
Electricity Regulations 1947
WA Electrical Requirements
. This can be downloaded directly from or call Energy Safety on 6251 2000, Level 1, 303 Sevenoaks Street Cannington WA 6107

Standards Australia are subject to change without notice and all students should check for the latest version and amendments at purchase.

Study options and next steps

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All year round

eCampus - Online

When All year round
Where eCampus
How Online
Course fee $497.50

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2022

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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