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Trade courses

Forge your own future with a trades career. Whether you want to work for someone else, start your own business, or advance your current skill set, trades training with TAFE Queensland is the best way to harness your full potential and turn it into something great.

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Forge your own future with career as a tradesperson. Develop hands-on skills that will set you up for success, no matter which industry you work in. As an apprentice work under the guidance of an employer to build your skills until you are a master craftsperson. Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade such as plumbing, construction, or hairdressing, with most apprenticeships taking between three to four years to complete.


As a trainee, you'll gain valuable experience in the workplace as well as hands-on training from TAFE Queensland. Learning from your employer as well as our skilled trainers will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of your industry and will set you up for a successful career. Traineeships are commonly available in vocational fields including business, child care, and retail and normally last one to two years.

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Trade tasters  

Try out a trade while you’re still in high school without committing to a full qualification or apprenticeship.  

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Pre-apprenticeship courses

A pre-apprenticeship course is a great place to start if you’re not entirely sure what the industry has on offer or what you want to do.

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Post-trade training 

Enrol in a post-trade training course if you want to specialise, gain a specific trade licence, gain credit towards university or expand your horizons after completing an apprenticeship. 

Our facilities

As the largest provider of trade and technical training in the state, TAFE Queensland has a range of industry-standard facilities where you'll learn the tools of the trade. With specialist facilities for automotive, building and construction, electrotechnology, engineering, manufacturing, and rail, you can be confident you'll receive the highest quality trade training available.