Legislation Testing and Fault Finding Refresher

Legislation Testing and Fault Finding Refresher

This non accredited industry endorsed and Electrical Trades Union (ETU) approved course is designed to refresh your knowledge of current Queensland regulations and correct testing procedures for low voltage installations including polarity and fault loop impedance.

  • The program involves a significant degree of hands on practical and testing of a range of real world and simulated installations within our Skills Centre.
  • A workbook is also used to further develop your skills and understanding.


All applicants must hold a current Full Electrical License

Course Duration:

4 hour course


Course Dates:

Thursday 22nd March

Thursday 19th April

Thursday 17th May

Sign up now:

Training Enrolment Form (NON FUNDED)

Course Fee:

Employees – $130 per person – If eligible the full cost can be reimbursed through JETCO funding (see below link for details)


Employers – $130 per person – If eligible 50% ($65) can be reimbursed through JETCO funding (see below link for details)


*Students will complete with a Legislation Testing and Fault Finding card.

Construction Wiring Program (CWP)

Construction Wiring Program (CWP)

The course is intended for licensed electrical mechanics that work in the construction industry and perform electrical installations at construction and demolition sites. Participants will learn the minimum requirements for the design, construction and testing of electrical installations that supply electricity to appliances and equipment, and for the in-service testing of portable, transportable and fixed electrical equipment used on construction and demolition sites.

The course is designed to cover the requirements of Australian Standard AS/NZS 3012:2010, Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites and relevant sections of referenced standards such as AS/NZS 3000, Wiring Rules, and AS/NZS 2293 Emergency Lighting, ASNZS 3439 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies.


Competency in this unit can only be gained by persons who hold a current ‘Unrestricted Electrician’s Licence’ issued in an Australian State or Territory.

Course Duration:

Two day Course

Course Dates:


Course Fee:

$220– If you are Eligible for CSQ Funding (CSQ will fund $180)

$400 Full Fee – If you are NOT Eligible for Funding



Fee is calculated through a Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funded subsidy of $180. Conditions apply to eligible applicants.

Go to http://www.csq.org.au/search/courses?id=49&v=72 for more information on eligibility requirements

Sign up now

CSQ Enrolment Form SCG

Training Enrolment Form (NON FUNDED)

What topics will be covered in this course?

  • Principles of AS/NZS 3000:2010
  • Legislative requirements
  • Installation of construction wiring
  • Switchboard construction, installation, control and protection
  • Lighting and Luminaires
  • Lift Shafts
  • Transportable Structures
  • Verification (Inspection and Testing)
  • Portable Generators
  • Inverters
  • Documentation
  • Flexible extension cords, cables and accessories
  • Earth Leakage Protection
  • Protection of Final Sub-Circuits
  • Periodic Inspection of Tools and Plant

*Students will complete with a card.

Cardiopulmonary Resusitation (CPR) & Low Voltage Switchboard Recuse (LVR) REFRESHER

Cardiopulmonary Resusitation (CPR) & Low Voltage Switchboard Recuse (LVR) REFRESHER

Training and assessment of this essential skill set for all electricians and trades assistants. All students involved in electrical work which is required to maintain skill levels in low voltage rescue procedures as part of their duties. This CPR & LVR course is specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to perform a safe rescue of a casualty who has received an electric shock or other injuries while working on low voltage conductors or equipment (LVR).

The current Electrical Safety Act requires competency acquisition every 12 months.


A copy of your current CPR/LVR Card or Certificate/Statement of Attainment.

**Must have completed an initial CPR/LVR as this is a refresher course only.

Course Dates and Duration:

Every Wednesday Afternoon

4:00pm Start (1-2 Hours)

Course Fee:



GROUP BOOKINGS AVAILABLE – Call us today to discuss group booking rate discounts.

Sign up now

Training Enrolment Form (NON FUNDED)

What competencies will be delivered in the course?

Core Units

HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

UETTDRRF06B Perform rescue from a live LV panel

*Students will complete with a CPR/LVR Card for Refresher course

Optical Fibre Only



Optical Fibre Only

This course will provide participants with the underpinning knowledge and skills to work with optical fibre telecommunications cabling.

By completing this course, learners will gain the necessary specialist competency (previously known as endorsement) to undertake optical fibre cabling work.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) new cabling provider rules require technicians undertaking structured cabling work to complete this competency.

This is an open registration endorsement only.


Although there are no prerequisite requirements to achieve this unit of competency, it is recommended that learners complete the Open Cabler Registration course. Learners with an Open Cabler Registration qualify to receive the optical fibre cabling specialist competency (endorsement).

Course Duration:

Two day Course

Course Dates:

Brisbane – Rocklea Campus

28th March – 29th March 2018

Rockhampton Campus


Course Fee:


Sign up now

Training Enrolment Form (NON FUNDED)

What competencies will be delivered in the course?

Core Units

ICTCBL302 Install and terminate optical fibre cable on customer premises

*Students will complete with a statement of attainment

Appointment of Ms Donna Pickford as CEO of ElectroGroup

Appointment of Ms Donna Pickford as CEO of ElectroGroup


The Board of ElectroGroup are delighted to announce the permanent appointment of Ms Donna Pickford as the CEO of ElectroGroup.


Donna has extensive experience in managing a number of roles in various aspects of the business over the last 7 years. Prior to Acting as the CEO, Donna was in charge of Electro Group Apprentices and built a strong platform for apprentices and host employers within various sectors of the industry. Her outstanding relationship skills has made her an ideal choice to lead the organisation into the next phase of the business. Donna has been given a broad brush to identify the strategic strengths of the organisation and to continue to build the business based on the values of “excellence in training  and strong customer service within a culture of fairness and integrity”.


Donna has already provided a role model for all of the staff and apprentices to follow. Her diligence and hard work are beginning to pay off with the development of new post-trade courses as well as developing a strong compliance culture within the RTO. All host employers and industry stakeholders are encouraged to contact Electrogroup with any training initiatives or inquiries they might have.


ElectroGroup are committed to finding training solutions that marry the interests of employers with those of their apprentices and staff. Donna is well placed to promote the good work of the entire organisation and we look forward to seeing some of the exciting ventures she is already beginning to explore. Please join with me in congratulating Donna on a wonderful achievement.

Additional Tutoring

Did you know that tutoring is free for Apprentices that need extra help?

If you or if you have noticed your Apprentice is struggling with certain units under your Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, fear not, there is help.

Under the User Choice Pre-qualified Supplier Agreement, all Registered Training Organisations must provide you additional learning support.

This means that if you or Electrogroup see that you are being challenged by certain concepts or topics, Electrogroup will fully support you with additional tutoring to ensure that you are moving forward with no out of pocket expenses.

Make sure you reach out to one of our team at either our Rocklea or Rockhampton Campuses and gain the support you need.

CONSTRUCTION FORECAST | What will the second half of 2016 hold?


What will the second half of 2016 hold?

The last 12 months as seen a rapid change in focus for many within the construction industry. From the resources boom, many have moved into the commercial, and residential market. However,  within the industry, there are predictions of a surplus in the inner city Brisbane market leaving the potential for a market drop due to an oversupply of 27,000 dwellings next year.

Driving the reduction in residential construction is Queensland’s population growth which is projected to continue at 2.0 per cent per annum. This rate is slightly lower than has been experienced historically, would result in approximately 40,000 new households each year.

Within South East Queensland, it is predicted that the market will slow in the later part of the year with the Gold Coast being the exception.

Like Brisbane, growth in the Gold Coast has been led by investor-driven multi-unit developments and buoyant employment growth. Coupled with large-scale infrastructure projects which will continue as the venue development for the 2018 Commonwealth Games gains ground and the second stage of the light rail network gets underway.

Electrogroup CEO, Glenn Porter, believes a big part of weathering the storm is diversity. “We are seeing a significant turn from the residential investor market towards the owner occupier area in Brisbane. And with this people are looking for stronger teams that they keep on longer than just one project.

By keeping an Apprentice on longer, costs are reduced for areas such as inductions. They also learn the culture of the company and become a part of the host company’s team.

Managing the costs of projects and ensuring profit is becoming more of a priority daily. As such,  we are seeing a high demand for apprentices who are not only fulfilling that role but also taking the place of trade assistants due to lower costs” he said.

Driving cost control is also the fact that residential building work costs have risen by 4.6 per cent over the year.

According to Master Builders, over the next 12 months, the health and aged-care sectors will continue to see a demand due to an ageing population. This is also propelled by the Queensland government’s investment in hospital infrastructure.

Additionally, the Australian Financial Review reported that as many as 76,000 new residential aged care places will be required by 2023-24 to meet demand.

The tourism arena is also set to bolster the Queensland economy with hotels and resorts making up nearly half of the commercial projects in planning with $22.9 billion of work in the pipeline.

Australian Construction Industry Forum has suggested that the dollar value of construction work done on major resource projects throughout Australia could drop from a forecast $38.6 billion in the current financial year to $21.5 billion in 2019/20, further enforcing resources workers need to diversify their skills.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the overall number of people employed in Australia’s mining sector to be down by more than 50,000 compared with the height of the boom in May 2012.

“Within the training arena what we are seeing is a transition from resources to civil infrastructure projects, and obviously, with that timing is going to be everything. Candidates are looking to upskill so that their resume jumps out, particularly in more senior or supervisor roles.

Electrogroup also sees a focus on renewables training with the amount of solar farm development approvals across Queensland and New South Wales” said Mr Porter.

Recently The Climate Council has predicted that the residential battery storage market has the potential to grow to $24 billion within Australia. The possibility of the renewables market to boom in Queensland is further enforced by State Government’s target of one million rooftops or 3000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Queensland by 2020.

“We have seen what could be the game changer for power consumers and with that, as part of the industry, we have to change our approach. As such Electrogroup now offer a Certificate IV in Electrical – Photovoltaic systems and currently developing an off-grid course aimed at Electricians” said Mr Porter.

And the demand for solar in Queensland will continue to grow. Recently the State Government released figures showing that rooftop solar panels now had a similar capacity to the Gladstone power station, the state’s biggest power plant and has one of the highest penetration rates of rooftop photovoltaic panels in the world.

Click here to find out more about the Certificate IV in Electrical – Photovoltaic systems

Creating clarity around instrumentation

Creating clarity around instrumentation

by John Beerwald, Electrogroup Instrumentation Trainer

Have you ever been in in the middle of an episode of Star Trek only to realise suddenly that you have no clue what all those gizmos, gadgets and other scientific instruments actually do?

If so, your problem is solved. Instruments and technical tools are used for viewing, displaying, recording and measuring.  Some of these devices end in “meter” instruments for measuring, “scope” instruments for viewing or “graph” instruments for displaying.

Welcome to the fascinating world of the Instrument Technician.

A dual-trade Electrician is one who has attained both the electrical as well as the instrumentation qualifications. Instrumentation, not to be confused with musical or surgical instruments, is defined as the art and science of measurement and control of process variables within a production or manufacturing area.

The process variables used in industries are level, pressure, temperature, density, humidity, flow, chemical measurements such as pH, conductivity and turbidity. Other measurements include force, speed, position and electrical measurements such as current, voltage and energy.

Without the ability to measure and control the above mentioned process variables, process industries from such diversities as power generation, water treatment plants, petrochemical through to coal and gold mining and chemical and food processing would barely exit.

Many of the measurements on which modern life, depends upon are hidden. Through the precise dimensions (measurement) and electrical properties of many components of a car or computer will make the difference between functioning and failure.

We all make measurements every day of our lives often not realising how often we glance at our watches, the speedometer of our car, the data usage on our electronic devices and less frequent figures on our power or gas bills. Our homes are protectedby such measurement devices such as smoke alarms, maintained by the measurement sensors in air conditioning units and temperature devices that maintain hot water systems at an even regulated temperature.

In any process industry, a measuring instrument is a device for measuring a physical quantity or variable process. The measuring device may be simple or complex but their function is to convert a physical quantity into a measurable electrical or pneumatic equivalent value. To maintain and calibrate measuring instruments, the technician must have a sound knowledge of physics and mathematics as well as calibrating techniques and protocols.

Finally, the Instrument Technician must have a sound knowledge of measurement standards which are used to define measurement units such as the meter, kilogram, temperature and time (second). It is important, in trade and commerce that sellers and buyers agree on accurate measurements and must agree on units, and conditions and methods of measurements to be used.

The risks involved in failing to calibrate and measure correctly could lead to safety incidents, wastage, fines or litigations and increased down time.

Having spent many years as an Instrument Technician across a variety of industries, the knowledge gained is portable and would provide employment in various fields. As technology continues to advance, instruments and instrumentation methodology is seldom far behind. Simply put, instrumentation is a never-ending learning curve with an increasing market demand.

With industry becoming increasingly automated, instrument technicians are needed virtually anywhere there are control and metering systems. Instrument technicians may be employed in the following industries:

  • pulp and paper processing
  • thermal power generation
  • mining, petrochemical and natural gas
  • industrial and commercial manufacturing
  • industrial construction
  • industrial instrument servicing

Experienced instrument technicians may advance to leadership positions such as Engineering Technicians, or move into business development.

Mastering eProfiling with Elim Lui

Mastering eProfiling
with Elim Lui

113 GeProfiling is often considered an overwhelming task by both Apprentices and their employers. Elim Lui, the Electrogroup eProfiling specialist, explains that the system can be a simple tool that will be your trusted partner during your apprenticeship. Often we see people looking at the system and thinking “Do I really need to do this?” and the reality is yes.

eProfiling is a workplace skill monitoring tool which is used throughout an apprenticeship by the apprentice capturing the tasks undertaken in the workplace. Without the eProfiling system you cannot assess the progress of what has been done on the job and whether or not the apprentice has gained enough experience to meet the industry endorsed advisory target” said Elim, who first began working with eProfiling over 7 years ago.

“At Electrogroup Apprentices, we are very lucky because we take a very hands-on approach to how the system is used with our Apprentices. I make sure that every new Apprentice we employ has a thorough induction and show them all the little hints and tips to make life easier.

It is essential for the apprentices to submit their eProfiling cards regularly preferably each week and monitor the reports available to view online at least each stage of their apprenticeship. Also, a critical part of the process is that employers are obligated to check and approve cards. An apprentice cannot progress if eProfiling is not up to date” Ms Lui said.

If eProfiling is not maintained an Apprentice will be referred by their employer or Registered Training Organisation to the Queensland Department of Education and Training. An Apprentice will then be notified to update their eProfiling or face of fine of up to $400.

“A worst case scenario is that an Apprentice could be held back from progressing to the next stage of their apprenticeship. This is considered as failing to progress and can lead to cancellation of the apprenticeship” said Ms Lui.
Some of the hints and tips Elim suggests include:

  • When using the app – ensure to refresh to sync data into eProfiling database
  • If employed directly with an employer select your supervisor when submitting cards to ensure they receive an email notification
  • If employed by GTO as your employer you need to ensure a card summary report is printed out and signed by host then returned back to GTO for approval online or organise for host to be linked to your account (check with your employer for procedures)

  • Monitor your progress report and overall progression report regularly

  • Ensure you are entering the correct supervision and support level (legal requirements)
  • Where electrical/ non-electrical work is performed ‘Work practices’ must be entered
  • More than 4 weeks of eProfiling outstanding can lead to being issued a fine of up to $400 issued by the Department of Education and Training
  • Employers should log in regularly to check for cards pending approval to update

Tips for Apprentices

  • Click on ‘Support’ where you’ll find FAQ’s, How to…? and other handy information


  • Click on ‘Support’ where you’ll find FAQ’s, How to…? and other handy information
  • Click on ‘Notifications’ to subscribe to reports to monitor your apprentice’s progress

Struggling with your eProfiling? Just give Elim a call on 3274 1533 or drop her an email at eprofiling@electrogroup.com.au