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So you want to become an Australian Apprentice?

Australian Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Australian Apprenticeships offer a range of benefits, they:

  • Are a great way to get a head start in a chosen career
  • Involve paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both
  • Represent ‘competency based’ training which means individuals can complete their training faster when they reach the required skills level
  • Enable existing skills and prior experience to be recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time.
  • Are available as full-time or part-time, including part-time in many schools
  • Lead to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of a person’s working life; and
  • Are an important pathway from school to work.


Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) are available to anyone of working age.

You do not need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to be able to start an Australian Apprenticeship.

You can do an Australian Apprenticeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills.

You can even start your Australian Apprenticeship while you are still at school finishing Years 11 and 12.


Australian Apprenticeships are available in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry, including:

  • Agriculture, horticulture and related industries
  • Automotive
  • Building and construction
  • Business services
  • Finance services
  • Food
  • Hairdressing
  • Community services and health
  • Information technology
  • Light manufacturing
  • Local government
  • Metals and engineering
  • Printing
  • Process manufacturing
  • Property services
  • Public services
  • Retail
  • Seafood
  • Sport and recreation
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Transport and distribution
  • Utilities and energy

Steps to becoming an Australian Apprentice

Let us walk you through some of the steps to becoming an Australian Apprentice.

Who does what?

Australian Apprenticeships are delivered through a cooperative arrangement between the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments, industry, employers and Registered Training Organisations.

You can find out more on our who does what page.