Completing your training contract
Your apprenticeship or traineeship is complete once you, your employer, and your training organisation agree that all the requirements of your training plan have been fulfilled.
As most apprenticeships and traineeships operate using competency-based training, the time required to achieve skills and knowledge is flexible. This allows early completion of apprenticeship or traineeship when you achieve competency in the areas outlined in the training plan, irrespective of the time served.
The certificate of completion proves that you have acquired all the skills of your apprenticeship or traineeship. This certificate is issued by the department and is additional to the qualification or statement of attainment that may be issued by your training organisation.
Read the ATIS-009 Completions information sheet for the process on how to complete your apprenticeship or traineeship.
What to do if you misplace your certificate of completion
If you have misplaced your completion certificate, and you completed your apprenticeship and traineeship in Queensland, you can obtain a replacement copy for a small charge.
You can apply for replacement documents here or by phoning Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.
Will you need a work licence?
If you are undertaking an electrical apprenticeship or a plumbing and training apprenticeship, you may need to apply for a work licence before the end of your apprenticeship.
For more information on licences for electrical workers, phone the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662 or visit the Electrical Safety website.
For more information on plumbing and draining licences, phone the Plumbers and Drainers Board on 1800 682 021.
If you have been happy working with your current employer, and they are willing to keep you on, you can become and full-time or part-time employee. The Fair Work Infoline can provide more details about your wages and entitlements as a qualified tradesperson. Phone Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
Getting a job with another employer
You can use the skills you have acquired through your apprenticeship or traineeship to get a job with another employer. Your training record and the qualification you obtained through completing your apprenticeship or traineeship can be used as evidence of your skills and knowledge when applying for jobs.
Starting your own business
It is important to be aware of your legal, regulatory and financial obligations when starting a business. It is good idea to get specialist advice and training in the day-to-day operations of a business, including record keeping, sales and marketing, and managing staff.
Useful information for those starting a business in available from the Business and Industry Portal, the Queensland Government's one stop shop for people already operating or intending on starting a business. This website will provide you with information on assistance, grants, licensing and support services to help you get started. For further information, phone 13 25 23.
On completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship, you will have received a certificate-level qualification (for example, Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery).
You can use this qualification to help you go on to further study by gaining credit towards a higher level certificate or diploma course.
Your record of skill development and work experience may also help you if you apply for a university level course.
You may decide that the field of work in which you completed your apprenticeship or traineeship is not for you.
You can choose to complete another apprenticeship or traineeship. However, if you have already completed a traineeship and choose to undertake another one in the same occupational area, you may not be eligible for funded training. This does not apply if you completed your traineeship as a school-based trainee.