Completing your apprenticeship or traineeship - What happens when you finish your training?
Your studies will broaden your skills in a specialised area and give you the practical experience you'll need for the workplace.
Once you're qualified, there's a myriad of opportunities open to you.
On this page:
- Competency Based Completion
- Full Term Completion
- Find a job with another employer
- Start your own business
- Further study
- Career goals
Competency Based Completion
Once you’ve completed your qualification, you and your employer may want to apply for Competency Based Completion. This allows you to finish your training before the scheduled end date of your training contract.
If you believe you are competent and your employer supports your application, you can submit your completed form at your local Training Services NSW Centre.
If your employer doesn’t support your request for a Competency Based Completion, you can ask Training Services NSW to help resolve the dispute.
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 organisation.
It’s expected that at the end of your term, you’ll have completed your formal training (qualification) and met industry standards through your workplace training.
Once your training organisation and employer have advised us that you have successfully completed your training and met industry standards, you’ll be able to apply for your Certificate of Proficiency.
Find a job with another employer
Employers hold qualified apprentices and trainees in high regard. They know you have the right technical skills because you've completed a program designed by industry experts while undertaking workplace training with an employer like them.
Use your training record including your Certificate of Proficiency and your qualification, as evidence of your skills 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.
There’s multiple websites that offer helpful advice:
Also explore these industry specific guides for starting or growing your own business.
Your qualification can be a stepping-stone to further study. It may offer you credit towards a higher-level certificate, diploma or university degree.
Some trades and occupations require a licence to work. The NSW Department of Fair Trading provides information on the types of licences and qualifications required for builders and other tradespeople.
If you want to become a specialist contractor, higher qualifications may also be needed.
Smart and Skilled funding is available for eligible students who wish to continue their education.
Write down your long-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?