Employer Registration to train apprentices and trainees​​

Employer Registration helps you to provide quality training to your apprentices and trainees.

Where to get help

To employ and train apprentices and trainees in South Australia, you must apply for an Employer Registration.

For help with Employer Registration, call the Traineeship and Apprenticeship Information Services on 1800 673 097 or email DISTAS@sa.gov.au.

What you need to consider before applying

  • Apprentices and trainees must be released and paid to attend training.
  • Apprentices and trainees must be paid appropriate wage and entitlements as per the industrial agreement.
  • Either party can withdraw from the Training Contract during the probationary period.
  • Parties must apply to vary their Training Contract including completion, suspension and termination.
  • Apprentices and trainees must be supervised during the term of the Training Contract according to the supervision guidelines (PDF).
  • The Department for Industry and Skills may seek information from other agencies as part of the assessment.
  • Training Contracts cannot be undertaken on a casual basis.

Disclaimer: This is only a summary. For a complete list of things to consider, see Traineeship and Apprenticeship booklet.

What we need to assess your application

Legal name

Who is the legal entity employing your apprentices and/or trainees? For example a legal entity may be a:

  • sole trader
  • partnership
  • body corporate (e.g. a Pty Ltd company)
  • trustee of a trust.

If you are unsure of your legal entity, please check with your accountant or lawyer.

Occupational licence

If you work in a licensed occupation, you must have the appropriate licence from Consumer and Business Services.

The body corporate (e.g. a Pty Ltd company) must hold its own licence. Sole trader licences held by directors or shareholders do not authorise the body corporate to contract for that work. For more about occupational licensing, visit Consumer and Business Services.


We will assess the qualifications and experiences of the nominated supervisors to train the apprentice or trainee (for example, hairdressing supervisors must provide evidence of successful completion of Certificate III in Hairdressing).

Supervisors of apprentices in plumbing, gas-fitting, and electrotechnology must have the appropriate workers registration with Consumer and Business Services.

Ability to provide relevant 'on-the-job training'

As an employer, you provide 'on-the-job training' to your apprentices and trainees. The Registered Training Organisation provides 'off-the-job training'. Your ability to train each apprentice/trainee is assessed on your ability to provide:

  • appropriate facilities, equipment and experienced supervisors to facilitate the training and supervision of the apprentice/trainee in accordance with the training plan.
  • relevant work appropriate to the vocation and also to the achievement of the qualification referred to in the training contract.

Helpful documents

Employer Registration process

We will call you to discuss your application and may request an onsite meeting as part of the assessment. During the onsite visit, which may take 30-45 minutes, we will also provide you information about your rights and obligations.

Apply for Employer Registration

To apply for new registration, renew or update your existing registration - including changes to registration and business ownership, see Employer Registration Application System (ERAS).

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