How apprentice training works

​​​​​Your training as an apprentice or trainee is provided in several ways:

  • workplace-based training from your employer
  • formal off-the-job training from a TAFE or training provider
  • or a combination of both.

Workplace-based training is structured training organised in the workplace by the teacher or trainer. It takes place when the apprentice or trainee is not on regular work duties.

Off-the-job training is training that the TAFE or training provider delivers in a formal setting.  You and your employer will choose a provider for your off-the-job training and agree on a training plan.

Your training plan

You and your employer will need to choose a provider for your formal training and agree on a training plan.

Your training plan outlines everything you need to do to get your qualification. It:

  • lists all the competencies you will be learning
  • outlines how, where and when training is delivered and who delivers it
  • records your continuing progress towards gaining your qualification.

Length of training

You may complete your training program at your own pace based on your abilities.

Your training contract includes a ‘nominal duration’. Most apprentices will complete their apprenticeship within this time. The actual length of an apprenticeship will differ for each apprentice. Previous experience, training and the time it takes the apprentice to learn new skills will all affect the length of an apprenticeship.

If you need more time, the ‘nominal duration’ can be extended. This can be arranged by contacting your Apprenticeship Network Provider.

Completing your training

You must demonstrate competency in your skills to complete your training. Competency is assessed by the organisation that is providing your formal training.

You can demonstrate competency through successfully doing a task, exercise or activity. Employers then need to confirm you are able to apply the same skills in the workplace.

The apprenticeship ends once you are found competent by the provider and this is confirmed by your employer.

For more information about completion, see Completing an apprenticeship and traineeship .