Electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. Electricians may also work on electrical transmission and distribution equipment.

Where electricians are employed

Electricians work in workshops, in private homes or in manufacturing factories. They may have a considerable amount of contact with the public, work in confined spaces and have to stand for long periods. They may also be required to work at heights on masts, towers and roofs.


Full-time electricians in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for electricians

Job prospects

The data communications and information technology aspects of the industry are becoming increasingly important as new technologies alter the way businesses operate. Recent developments such as home automation and the integration of systems such as data communications suggest the current rapid rate of technological change in the industry will continue to accelerate.

In 2011 there were 6,579 people employed full-time as electricians in South Ausralia compared with 5,396 in 2006.

How to become one

To become an electrician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in electrotechnology electrician, electrotechnology - systems electrician or engineering - electrical/electronic trade.

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For more information see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training in school.

Licensing and registration requirements

In South Australia all electricians must hold a current Electrical Workers Registration..

Employers require a minimum of a Certificate III in Electrotechnology or a trade certificate.

Recognition of skills related work experience and qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have extensive local trade experience but no formal qualifications or an overseas gained trade qualification you must undertake a recognition process before seeking a licence.

There are recognition pathways available for  both local work experienced trades people and  overseas trained electricians which are dependent  on individual circumstances. Pathways include:

  • Undertake the Trades Recognition Service (TRS) skills assessment. TRS provide skills assessment through recognition of prior learning by registered training organisations approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)
  • Engage with a Registered Training organisation to undertake Recognition of Prior learning and gap training
  • Complete a fast tracked adult apprenticeship.

Further gap training may be required after any recognition process to meet qualification and licensing requirements.

If you have migrated with an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) you can automatically apply for a restricted workers registration issued by CBS  which allows you to work under direct supervision. You will still be required to undertake a recognition pathway to seek formal recognition of your trade skills for employment purposes and to get a trade licence.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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