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Engineering Fabrication Trade (Welding)

Apprenticeship and traineeship details

Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.


Job summary:
The apprentice will construct or repair metal products by joining parts using a variety of welding methods either manually or by machine. These parts are used to complete structures and equipment. Welders may specialize in certain types of welding, such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding.

Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:


Restricted calling:
This is a Restricted calling (Restricted calling information)

Apprenticeship Probation/Duration Details:
All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Apprenticeship training contract. Some apprenticeships also have an Expected Duration. The Expected Duration is the amount of time that it's reasonably expected someone could become competent and complete their Apprenticeship. Apprentice's Training Plans are developed using the Expected Duration timeframe rather than the contract's nominal term.

Mode Start Date End Date Probation Period (days) Nominal Term (months) Expected Duration (months)
Full-time 23/08/2006 31/12/2006 90 48 48
Full-time 01/01/2007 03/02/2009 90 48 42

Progression Points within Expected Duration:
To achieve a reasonable rate of progression and completion within the expected duration (42 months) it is anticipated an apprentice would achieve 24 specified competency points within each 10« month period of the apprenticeship.

Minimum education standard:

Credits taken off nominal term:
15286 Course in Manufacturing (Pre-apprenticeship) expired 31 December 2006 - 16 points credit, no time credit
15287 Course in Manufacturing (Pre-vocational) expired 31/12/04 - 22 points credit, no time credits
39094QLD Course in Engineering Skills - 30 points credit, no time credits
39172QLD Course in Engineering (Pre-Trade) with streams in Mechanical (27 points), Fabrication (26 points) and Marine Craft Construction (26 points) - points credit depends upon stream - no time credits available.

Please note that pre-vocational credit is doubled when the training contract is part-time.

Phasing Out

Qld declaration date:

Implementation date:

Transitional arrangements:
Registered training organisations must refer to the Australian Skills Quality Authority General direction: Transition & teach-out for transition and teach-out arrangements on superseded Training Packages and accredited courses.

Supervising registered training organisations are required to ensure the training plan aligns with the most recent qualification.

This qualification is superseded by MEM30319 - Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade. Training and/or assessment to apprentices in MEM30305 CANNOT be conducted past 31 December 2022. Should training and/or assessment be required after 31 December 2022, apprentices MUST commence in, or be transitioned to, MEM30319.

When determining whether to register an apprentice/trainee in the superseded qualification or the new qualification, AASN providers and employers must ensure that where possible the latest training package qualification on the national register is delivered to apprentices and trainees. SRTO's must ensure they adhere to ASQA's General Direction - Learner Transition requirements. Dates supplied are for registration and amendment purposes only for training contracts maintained under the FET Act 2014.

Qualification details

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Qualification code:

Qualification content:
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Training package:
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training Package - MEM05

Phasing Out

Queensland User Choice program funding details

The Queensland User Choice program funds Skills Assure suppliers (RTOs) for the provision of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.

Funded under the User Choice Program:

Industrial relations details

Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees, have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office.

Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.

Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.

When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at:

Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at:

Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at:

Apprenticeship/Traineeship note details

Date of note File note
27/11/2008 The qualification structures within the Metal and Engineering Training Package states that 76 points are required to complete the qualification. Whilst the qualification structure does not list points against the mandatory units of competency, there are points allocated to some of these units. The total number of points is 20.

To see the actual points allocated to the mandatory units, see the List of all MEM units of competency, their points weightings and prerequisites where applicable (see page 141 of the Training Package).

Therefore the total number of points resulting from successful completion of the qualification requirements is 96. The qualification structure listed within QTIS has been amended in relation to that within the Training Package to reflect this situation.

Wages progression arrangements are based on a 96 point outcome.