What happens when I finish my training?

Once you're qualified, there's a number of pathways you can take.

Competency Based Completion

Once you have completed your qualification you and your employer may want to apply for Competency Based Completion. Competency Based Completion allows an apprentice or trainee to complete the term of their training before the scheduled end of their training contract.

A request can only be approved if you have completed your qualification and the request is supported by both the employer and apprentice/trainee. If you believe you are competent, and your employer agrees to the request you can submit the completed form to your local Training Services NSW Centre. Once the request has been approved this completes your apprenticeship/traineeship. 

If either of you does not agree about the request for Competency Based Completion, Training Services NSW will attempt to resolve the dispute.

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Full Term Completion

Apprenticeships and traineeships are approved for a nominal term ranging from 12-48 months. This allows time for you to undertake integrated training with your employer and your training provider. It is expected, at the end of your term, you would have completed your formal training (qualification) and have reached industry standards in your on the job training.

Once we have been advised you have successfully completed your training, by your training provider, and your employer has provided endorsement that you have reached industry standards, you will be able to apply for a Certificate of Proficiency.

Find a job with another employer

Employers hold apprentices and trainees who have completed their training, and received a Certificate of Proficiency, in high regard. They know you have the technical skills they need because you've completed a program designed by industry experts as well as undertaking training on the job with an employer.
You should use your training record as an apprentice/trainee such as your Certificate of Proficiency and your qualification, as evidence of this when applying for jobs.

Start your own business

Many former apprentices start a business after having worked for someone else as they've learnt something of what it takes to run a business.

Consider finding a mentor who can show you the ropes and guide you on best practices.

Before you start a business, it's important to be aware of your legal, regulatory and financial obligations. You can get specialist advice on day-to-day operations, including record keeping, sales, marketing and management staff.

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There are mulitple websites which may offer helpful advice in these processes such as Start your business or New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops. Check out the industry specific guides for starting or growing your own business.

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Further study

Your qualification can be a stepping stone to further study. It may offer you credit towards a higher level certificate, diploma or university degree.

High qualifications may be needed to become a specialist contractor. NSW Smart and Skilled funding is available for eligible students to continue their education.

Some trades and occupations require you to get a licence to work in the trade/occupation. The NSW Department of Fair Trading 13 32 20 provides information on the types of licences classes and qualifications for builders and other tradespeople who require a licence in their industry.

Career goals

Write down your longer term goals. What skills do you need to reach them? What can you do if you lack a skill or the confidence to achieve something? How can you better utlilise your strengths, experience and passion?

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  • For confidential advice and support contact your local Training Services NSW centre directly or phone 13 28 11 to be directed to your nearest office.
Page last updated: 01 July 2018