Establishment and variation of apprenticeships

The establishment and variation of apprenticeships process

The process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and B qualifications) is overseen and endorsed by the State Training Board. Apprenticeship in this context means any employment based training scheme, whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 allows the Minister to establish or vary apprenticeships and traineeships based on the advice from the State Training Board. The Board, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Minister for Education and Training and the Western Australian industry training councils all play key roles in the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

To establish an apprenticeship or vary an existing apprenticeship in WA, a proponent will need to submit a Notice of intent to the Board. The proponent may be an individual business/employer, employer or industry group, union, registered training organisation, industry training council, the Board, the Minister, or other stakeholder.

Class A – This qualification can only be achieved by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer; ie the qualification is delivered predominantly through employment based training undertaken with an employer. A training plan is drawn up between the employer, registered training organisation and the apprentice/trainee that sets out the ratio of on and off the job training.

Class B – This allows a qualification to be achieved either by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer or through institutional delivery; ie the qualification is delivery predominantly through classroom/online training with some practical experience in a workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

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Guidelines

The State Training Board endorsed new guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships on 16 February 2017.

These new guidelines are effective for all new applications from 1 March 2017.

For full details on the process, or assistance with lodging your proposal, please look through the guidelines document. 

View or download the Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships, version 2.3.

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Register of Class A and B qualifications

Under the VET Act, the Department of Training and Workforce Development must keep and make available to the public a register of Class A and B qualifications. The register includes:

  • the Class A and Class B qualifications;
  • any conditions applicable to those qualifications; and
  • any requirement applicable to training contracts for those qualifications.

The Register of Class and B qualifications is available from the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

Penalties

Penalties may apply to a registered training provider or an employer who does not comply with the classification of a qualification.

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Overview of the process

This flowchart outlines the steps in the process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and Class B qualifications).

Select each of the steps to find out more.

Proposal created

A new apprenticeship* or change/s to an existing apprenticeship is proposed.

*Apprenticeship means any employment based training scheme whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Proposal lodged

The proposal is lodged with the State Training Board.

ITC consultation

The relevant training council/s must consult with employers, unions, and other stakeholders in accordance with the State Training Board’s Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

STB consideration

(Delegated to the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee)

The Board considers the proposal and may consult with other stakeholders, including the Department, as required. The Board makes recommendation/s to the Minister. Matters considered include:

1. Qualification to be classified (Class A or B – whether a training contract only, or not)

2. Type of apprenticeship (whether the person will be called apprentice, trainee, cadet or intern)

3. Occupation/title of apprenticeship

4. Nominal duration

5. Part-time arrangements (if applicable)

6. School-based arrangements (if applicable)

7. Any special conditions (eg pre-entry requirements) 

Minister seeks advice

The Minister seeks the advice of the State Training Board.

Recommendations to Minister

Recommendations are made to the Minister.

Minister consideration and decision

The Minister considers the Board’s recommendation and approves or rejects the proposal. The Minister may use his/her initiative to establish or vary an apprenticeship; however, must seek the advice of the Board who will make a recommendation following consultation with industry in the prescribed manner.

Decision published

The Minister’s decision is published in the Government Gazette.

Listing and notifications

The apprenticeship is listed on the public register and the State Training Board website, and affected parties are notified of the outcome.

Please note: If a proposal is rejected at any stage, the proponent will be notified. Otherwise, notification will occur at the end of the process.

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Lodging a Notice of intent

To establish a new classification or vary an existing one, a proponent must lodge a Notice of intent with the Office of the State Training Board using one of our four online forms. Please use a separate form for each establishment or variation request.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance with this process.

To propose a new classification, use the Notice of intent – Establishment form.

To propose a variation to an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (vary) form.

To propose the transfer of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (transfer) form.

To propose the removal of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (remove) form.

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Current proposals

The following proposals are currently being considered by the State Training Board. If you have questions about a proposal, please contact us by email or telephone.

A proposal goes through several stages, as indicated in the status column of the table. These stages are explained at the end of the table.

Qualification / Type of apprenticeship Proponent Relevant training council Notice of intent Reason Date lodged Status Comments
MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology Trish Whiteman, North Metropolitan TAFE Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Establishment Class B traineeship Industry need 8/9/20 Consultation underway  
TLI40218 Certificate IV in Mobile Crane Operations Anthony Grosser, Tadano Australia Logistics & Defence Skills Council Establishment - Class A traineeship Industry need 1/9/20 Consultation underway  
52858WA Certificate II in Welding for Shibuilding South Metropolitan TAFE Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Establishment - traineeship Industry need 20/07/2020 Consultation underway  
RII30919 Certificate III in Civil Construction Miss Karyn Grant, Civil Contractors Federation Western Australia Construction Training Council Variation - increase nominal duration & update to Class A apprenticeship Industry need 11/03/2020 Consultation underway (extension to 19 October 2020)  
MEM31215 / MEM31219 Certificate III in Engineering - Industrial Electrician  Ms Kathy Hoare, Department of Training & Workforce Development Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Variation - add a condition Industry need 11/03/2020 Consultation underway

EVAC re-activated 17 September 2020.

On hold due to COVID19 

AHC21416 Certificate II in Wool Handling Kay Gerard, Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Variation - increase nominal duration Industry need identified 14/1/2020 Consideration by EVAC  
RII31615 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology Miss Karyn Grant, Civil Train Western Australia Construction Training Council Variation - increase nominal duration & update to Class A apprenticeship Industry need identified 8/1/2020 Consultation underway (extension to 19 October 2020)  
RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations Miss Karyn Grant, Civil Train Western Australia Construction Training Council Variation - increase nominal duration & update to Class A apprenticeship Industry need identified 8/1/2020

Consultation underway (extension to 19 October 2020)

 
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Proposal status

Consultation underway

The proponent and the relevant industry training council(s) are consulting with industry on the proposal and developing their submission for lodgement with the Board.

Department response

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is preparing its response/report on the implications and risks relating to the proponent's proposal.

Review by Office of the State Training Board

The OSTB is reviewing the written submission(s) to ensure that they comply with the guidelines and that all relevant information is available for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee to consider.

Consideration by EVAC 

The reports from the industry training council, the proponent and the Department are currently being considered by the Establishment and Variations of Apprenticeships Committee.

Awaiting decision by Minister 

The proposal is currently with the Minister for Education and Training in accordance with section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996.

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Completed proposals

Completed since January 2020

The following proposals (establishments and variations) have been considered by the State Training Board to date in 2020.

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent Training Council Date Lodged Status Outcome
Aborist AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 22/06/2020 Approved 03/09/20 GG No. 149, 11 September 2020
Applied Technologies Technician 22460VIC Diploma of Applied Technologies Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 19/06/2020 Approved 03/09/2020 GG No. 149, 11 September 2020
Financial Counsellor CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling Mr Joshua Egan, Anglicare WA CommunitySkills WA 7/5/2020 Approved 9/8/20 GG No. 135, 14 August 2020
Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 2) AHC20516 Certificate II in Arboriculture The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Food, Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council 27/09/2019

Approved 7/06/2020

GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 3) AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Food, Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Automotive Technician (Light) AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Automotive Technician (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Panel Beater AUR32116 Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Bricklaying CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/ Blocklaying The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Carpenter CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Concreter CPC30318 Certificate III in Concreting The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Painter and Decorator CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Plastering CPC31011 Certificate III in Solid Plastering The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Tilelaying CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Carpentry and Joinery CPC32011 Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Plumbing and Gasfitting CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Roof Plumbing CPC32612 Certificate III in Roof Plumbing The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Engineering Tradesperson Mechanical (Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning) MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020

Engineering Tradesperson Fabrication: (First Class Welder); (Heavy); (Heavy/Welding); (Light); (Marine Fitout); (Marine); (Patternmaking); (Sheetmetal); and (Surface Finishing)

MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Construction Training Fund 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Chef SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport FutureNow Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Patissier  SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport FutureNow Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Electrical Mechanics
UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology
The West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 27/09/2019 Approved 7/06/2020 GG No. 93 of 2020, 12 June 2020
Veterinary Nursing (Level 4) ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 6/11/2019 Approved 24/5/20 GG No. 85 of 2020, 29 May 2020
Baking Assistant FBP20217 Certificate II in Baking Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 30/04/2019 Rejected by EVAC 18/3/20  
Aeroskills Engineer (Avionics) (Level 5)  MEA50118 Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics) Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 10/09/2019 Approved 21/1/2020 GG No. 16 of 2020, 31 January 2020
Aeroskills Engineer (Mechanical) (Level 5)  MEA50218 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical) Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council Utilities Engineering Electrical and Automotive Training Council 10/09/2019 Approved 21/1/2020 GG No. 16 of 2020, 31 January 2020

Bulk gazettals of prescribed VET qualifications can be found in the Classification of prescribed VET qualifications document.
For a consolidated list of all proposals that have been considered by the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee between 2009 and 2019, please view EVAC 2009 to 2019. If you need to view industry training council submissions received by EVAC, please contact us.

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Applications resulting from training package updates

A streamlined process has been developed to simplify EVAC applications for replacement Class A or B apprenticeships and traineeships that result from national training package updates. Qualifications deemed equivalent and qualifications that are deemed to be non-equivalent but still having the same occupation outcome can undergo this expedited process. This process is considered to meet the legislative requirements under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and associated Regulations.

The same occupational outcome is defined as “where any of the national or state ANZSCO or secondary ANZSCO codes assigned to the replacement qualification are the same as for the original qualification.”

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Page last updated July 07, 2017