Follow the steps below to see the pathways to particular jobs, what your qualifications will be when you graduate, and the things that you can do now to prepare yourself for your chosen career.

Step 1:
Your current situation

Step 2:
Finding a job

Step 3:

Step 4:
Career opportunties

1. First step...

In Secondary School – you can prepare by:

Choosing relevant subjects

Developing your skills

Getting relevant work experience

Or are you...

Finishing Secondary School

Working in another Industry

You can prepare by:

Practising for the Readiness Assessment (a nominal fee is charged) Click here for the link

Consider which industry sectors you are interested in and who the employers are in your general area

Talking to potential employers

2. Next step...

Finding A Job

The Readiness Assessment (RA)

A test of your literacy and numeracy capability conducted by the industry leading to a nationally recognised statement that “You have what it takes to learn the trade”

The Readiness Assessment resources are designed to help you to determine your preparedness to undertake an electrical apprenticeship in terms of maths and language skills.

It targets the specific requirements of the trade program; explaining how the literacy and numeracy standards relate to specific topics.

This will allow you, with the online tutorial support provided, to address potential barriers to success in your training program before you begin – rather than putting you into a training program for which you are unprepared.

Please note that there is a $20 fee to access the practice Readiness Assessment and tutorial support resources.

Click here to go to the test


Approach potential employers

Use all your resources and energy but don’t forget to take your RA results certificate

3. Next step...

The Apprenticeship

A training contract between you and your employer

Attending an RTO to learn the basics

Full time work in the industry to develop the skills needed to be a competent tradesperson

Successful completion

Achieve the qualification Certificate III in
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
Complete with a Trade Certificate.



Obtain your South Australian licence as a Restricted Electrical Worker and National Refrigerant Handling Licence



You are now licensed to work as an Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic without supervision.

Your qualification and licences allow you to work in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

You may be employed by a business or self employed (after gaining further experience).

4. Next step...

Future career opportunities

Some of the available career options

Application Specialist
Specific experience supported by Skill sets or a Certificate IV can lead to specialist work including on large
centralised systems, energy or building management systems, cryogenics, etc.

Specialised Refrigerants
Skills sets can qualify a person to use specialised refrigerants such as CO2, ammonia and hydrocarbons.

Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications and significant experience can lead to work in project management
or engineering support.