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How do I apply for an HIA apprenticeship?

It's as easy as 1,2,3 to become an HIA apprentice. Just follow these easy steps and you're on your way.

Becoming an apprentice will provide you with skills that you can apply for the rest of your career.

What skills do I need to become an apprentice?

  • Have a desire to become a qualified tradesperson within the building industry
  • A minimum Year 10 qualification
  • A car and drivers licence or reliable transport
  • A good work ethic and willingness to learn new skills
  • Enjoy manual labour and working outdoors
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • An ability to interpret and follow plans
  • An ability to work as a team.


What previous skills/qualifications do I need?

  • A pre-apprenticeship or VET in schools program at school or TAFE
  • An approved Construction Induction Training Course (CI card)
  • Some trade exposure.

Apply now

How do I apply?

Step by step

Step 1: Decide what trade you want to focus on

You need to decide what trade you want to focus on.

Step 2: Gain a qualification or experience

Complete a pre-apprenticeship or VET in schools program at school or TAFE, find on-site work experience or contact HIA Apprentices for other pathways to an apprenticeship.

Step 3: Decide who you want to work for

You need to decide the type of company you want to work for. You also need to decide if you want to be employed directly by a tradesperson or by a Group Training Organisation (GTO) such as the HIA:

  • Direct employment: You find a tradesperson to take you on and they employ you as their apprentice.
  • Group Training Organisation: A GTO like HIA Apprentices becomes your employer and places you with a tradesperson or organisation (we call these Host Employers) looking for an apprentice in the trade you have chosen.

Step 4: Apply for an HIA apprenticeship

Apply for an apprenticeship with HIA Apprentices and, if selected, you’ll be enrolled in a Trade School to complete your Certificate III Trade apprenticeship. At the same time you’ll undertake practical employment working in your chosen field.

Step 5: Qualify as a tradesperson

Once you have successfully completed your Trade School requirements and can show you are competent in the skills of your chosen trade, you can complete and become a qualified tradesperson.

Step 6: Decide your career path

Now all you need to decide is whether you want to continue working as an employee. You might want to start your own business as a subcontractor or move into a leading hand, supervising or management position. Some tradespeople even go on to further education to complete courses from a Certificate IV to a bachelor’s degree at university.

Signing up to an apprenticeship is a big decision and you’re likely to have lots of questions. Speak to your local HIA Apprentices representative on 1300 650 620 or your career advisor for more information.

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