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Top 20 Apprenticeships and Traineeships of 2018

The Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Service (AATIS) is shining a spotlight on the top 20 apprenticeship and traineeship Job and Training Descriptions (JTDs) that Students, Job Hunters, Employers and Industry Insiders are searching for on the Australian Apprenitceship Pathways website.

The JTDs are based on real qualifications and real occupations, which can be started through an apprenticeship or traineeship. JTD popularity is created with data collected from the amount of pageviews per JTD for the year 2018 on the AAPathways website. This article is expanded and updated from the popular 'Top 12 apprenticeships and traineeships of 2016', if you want to view the past results of 2016, click here.

Please note: Not all qualifications have commecements and may or may not be available/approved in all states.  Explore the Job Pathways Charts for other options.
                     All graphs represents the 2017 apprenticeship or traineeship commencements data for the relevant qualification.

Number 1 : General Electrician

Number 1 : General Electrician

General Electricians would select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain a wide range electrical systems and equipment in building and premises.

Industry Group:
Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

General Electrician
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Electrician (Lifts)
- Electrician (Cabling)

Check the Job Pathways Chart for more details

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Number 2 : Carpenter

Number 2 : Carpenter

Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair wooden structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings.

Industry Group:
Building & Construction

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Carpenter - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Stair Builder
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Carpenter and Joiner (Installation)
- Carpenter and Joiner (Stairs)

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 3 : Plumber

Number 3 : Plumber

Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, cladding, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewage, heating and cooling, and other systems.

Industry Group:
Building & Construction

Work Types:
- Practical & Manual

Plumber - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Plumber (Gasfitter)
- Plumber (Mechanical Services)
- Gas Fitter

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 4 : Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

Number 4 : Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician

Light Vehicle Mechanical Technicians service and repair the mechanical parts of motor vehicles such as engines, transmissions and suspension systems on a range of light vehicles including hybrid vehicles.

Industry Group:
Automotive & Boating

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Motorcycle Repair Technician
- Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician
- Agricultural Mechanical Technician
- Mobile Plant Technician
- Automotive Heavy Diesel Fuel Technician
- Diesel Engine Technician
- Drivetrain Repair Technician
- Forklift Technician
- Heavy Commercial Trailer Technician
- Elevating Work Platform Technician

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 5 : Conservation Worker (Parks and Wildlife)

Number 5 : Conservation Worker (Parks and Wildlife)

Conservation Workers (Parks and Wildlife) assist either urban or rural communities to rehabilitate land areas and water catchments while developing productive natural resources.

Industry Group:
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Types:
- Nature & Recreation
- Practical & Manual

Conservation Worker (Parks and Wildlife) - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 18 months to complete in NSW, NT and SA and 12 months to complete in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Conservation Worker (Land Management)
- Earthworks Conservation Worker

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 6 : Boilermaker/Welder

Number 6 : Boilermaker/Welder

Boilermakers/Welders produce metal (ferrous and non-ferrous) fabricated products such as structures, frames, plate assemblies, pipe-work and vessels using tools, welding and thermal cutting equipment and fabrication techniques. .

Industry Group:
Metal & Engineering

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Boilermaker/Welder - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Boilermaker
- Sheetmetal Worker (First Class)
- Foundry Tradesperson (Moulder)
- Welder (First Class) - Engineering
- Pressure Welder - Engineering
- Composites Tradesperson

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 7 : Childhood Educator Assistant

Number 7 : Childhood Educator Assistant

Childhood Educator Assistants supports the implementation of an approved learning framework, and supports children’s wellbeing, learning and development in a day care centre.

Industry Group:
Health, Care & Community Services

Work Types:
- Helping & Advising
- Practical & Manual

Childhood Educator Assistant - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 12 months to complete in NSW and SA and will take 24 months to complete in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Outside School Hours Aide
- Preschool Assistant

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 8 : Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician

Number 8 : Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician works on heavy commercial vehicles performing a range of service, repair and diagnostic procedures on engines, transmissions, final drive assemblies, brakes, steering, suspension and electrical systems.

Industry Group:
Automotive & Boating

Work Types:
- Practical & Manual

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Technician - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all available states.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Light Vehicle Mechanical Technician
- Motorcycle Repair Technician
- Agricultural Mechanical Technician
- Mobile Plant Technician
- Automotive Heavy Diesel Fuel Technician
- Diesel Engine Technician
- Drivetrain Repair Technician
- Forklift Technician
- Heavy Commercial Trailer Technician
- Elevating Work Platform Technician

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 9 : Veterinary Nurse (Equine)

Number 9 : Veterinary Nurse (Equine)

Equine Veterinary Nurse assists veterinarians in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured horses. You would also handle, monitor and maintain horse health and welfare and may supervise artificial breeding and/or embryo transfer programs.

Industry Group:
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Veterinary Nurse (Equine) - JTD
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 24 months to complete in WA and 36 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Equine Dental Service Provider
- Veterinary Nurse

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 10 : Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

Number 10 : Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics will select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises.

Industry Group:
Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic/Fitter
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states and territories.

Advancing from Certificate Level, the highest potential position is:
- Senior Technical Officer (Air-conditioning and Refrigeration)
- Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Engineer

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 11 : Automotive Electrician

Number 11 : Automotive Electrician

Automotive Electricians would install, service, diagnose and repair electrical systems and components in vehicles in the automotive electrical service and repair industry.

Industry Group:
Automotive & Boating

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Automotive Electrician
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states and territories.

Advancing from Certificate Level, the highest potential position is:
- Advanced Diagnostic Technician

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 12 : Trades Assistant (Carpentry)

Number 12 : Trades Assistant (Carpentry)

Carpentry Trades Assistants works with Carpenters and handle construction materials, use tools and equipment, and erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs.

Industry Group:
Building & Construction

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Practical & Manual

Trades Assistant (Carpentry)
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Traineeship, it will take 12 months to complete in ACT, NSW, NT, VIC and WA. This traineeship is not approved in QLD, SA and TAS.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Construction Assistant
- Builder's Labourer
- Trades Assistant
- Trades Assistant (Joinery and Shopfitting)

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 13 : Hairdresser

Number 13 : Hairdresser

Hairdressers work as part of a team in hairdressing salons. Your would communicate with others, consult clients, sell products and services, and design and apply a broad range of technical hairdressing services such as haircuts and trims, colouring and lighting hair and styling hair.

Industry Group:
Sport, Recreation, Hair, Beauty & Services

Work Types:
- Creative & Artistic
- Persuading & Service

Hairdresser
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 42 months to complete in SA, 48 months in TAS and 36 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Hair Stylist
- Barber

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 14 : Assistant Dog Groomer

Number 14 : Assistant Dog Groomer

Assistant Dog Groomers would assist in caring for and grooming companion animals, usually dogs, and occasionally cats.

Industry Group:
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Types:
- Nature & Recreation
- Practical & Manual

Assistant Dog Groomer
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Traineeship, it will take 12 months to complete in all available states and territories*.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Animal Shelter Attendant
- Animal Attendant (Vet Clinic)

*NT still uses the Certificate II in Animal Studies - ACM20110 while the rest of the States and Territories uses the Certificate II in Animal Studies - ACM20117.

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Number 15 : Cabinet Maker (Furniture)

Number 15 : Cabinet Maker (Furniture)

Cabinet Makers (Furniture) make and assemble furniture from solid timber, flat-panel or timber-based products. They may specialise in particular areas such as reproduction of antique furniture, bedroom suites, office furniture, dining suites, shop fittings and occasional furniture.

Industry Group:
Manufacturing & Production

Work Types:
- Creative & Artistic
- Practical & Manual

Cabinet Maker (Furniture)
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 42 months to complete in WA and 48 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Furniture Maker
- Furniture Finisher (French Polishing)
- Furniture Finisher
- Cabinet Maker (kitchens and bathrooms)

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 16 : Painter and Decorator

Number 16 : Painter and Decorator

Painter and Decorators prepare surfaces and apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate interior and exterior surfaces of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and other structures.

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Creative & Artistic
- Practical & Manual

Painter and Decorator
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Apprenticeship, it will take 48 months to complete in all states and territories.

This is the highest Certificate Level you can attain for this occupation.
For occupations similar to this. Check out:
- Automotive Painting Technician

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Number 17 : Landscape Gardener

Number 17 : Landscape Gardener

Landscape Gardeners undertake a wide range of landscaping activities including work site assessment, building and maintaining gardens and landscape structures, and supervising worksite activities.

Industry Group:
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Types:
- Nature & Recreation
- Practical & Manual

Landscape Gardener
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Only classified as a Traineeship in SA. Classified as an Apprenticeship in the rest of the states and territories, it will take 36 months to complete in QLD and WA, 24 months in TAS and 48 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Landscape Gardener
- Parks and Gardens Tradesperson
- Greenkeeper

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 18 : Medical Imaging Assistant

Number 18 : Medical Imaging Assistant

Medical Imaging Assistants provide assistance to medical imagining technicians or Diagnostic Radiographers. Work may include assisting technicians with the production of images for the purpose of diagnosis of injury or disease. This may include handling client appointment flow and information.

Industry Group:
Health, Care & Community Services

Work Types:
- Helping & Advising

Medical Imaging Assistant
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as an Traineeship, it will take 24 months to complete in ACT and 12 months in the rest of the states and territories. This traineeship is not approved in TAS.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Allied Health Assistant
- Podiatrist's Assistant
- Physiotherapist's Assistant

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 19 : Mechatronics Technician

Number 19 : Mechatronics Technician

Mechatronics Technicians are specialist advanced trade-technician workers. Mechatronics combines mechanical, electronic and computer technologies to create automated, ‘intelligent' machinery and robotics that improve the efficiency, safety and productivity of manufacturing (and other) processes.

Industry Group:
Metal & Engineering

Work Types:
- Analytic & Scientific
- Organising & Clerical

Mechatronics Technician
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Classified as a Traineeship, it will take 48 months to complete in VIC, 30 months in NSW, 24 months in WA and 36 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Maintenance Technician

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Number 20 : Civil Construction Plant Operator

Number 20 : Civil Construction Plant Operator

Civil Construction Plant Operators work on civil construction sites where they operate large, powerful earthmoving equipment. They may dig trenches and excavate bulk earthworks using an excavator, and conduct pipe laying and paving operations.

Industry Group:
Resource Mining & Processing

Work Types:
- Practical & Manual

Civil Construction Plant Operator
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Only classified as a Traineeship in NT, SA, VIC and WA. Classified as an Apprenticeship in ACT, NSW, QLD and TAS. It will take 24 months to complete in WA and 36 months in the rest of the states and territories.

At this Certificate Level, you can also be a:
- Construction Rescue Worker
- Mobile Plant Operator
- Asphalter/Pavement Layer
- Bridge Construction Worker
- Construction Worker (Site Maintenance)
- Pipe Layer
- Road Construction Worker
- Traffic Controller
- Timber Bridge Constructor
- Tunnel Constructor or Builder
- Civil Foundations Worker
- Road Marker

Check the Job Pathways Charts for more details

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Commencement  data is gathered from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Apprentice and Trainee Collection, Unpublished, September 2018 Quarter. For more on the data we use, visit our Data and Analysis page.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.