Training Services Overview

The Centre for Appropriate Technology Limited (CfAT Ltd) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), number 0857 offering nationally recognised certificate courses in automotive, construction, civil construction, essential services, rural operations, water operations and engineering. Our training programs aim to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain skills and qualifications for employment and career progression in regional and remote areas. CfAT Ltd has fully equipped metal, woodwork and automotive workshops located at the Desert Peoples Centre premises within the Desert Knowledge Precinct, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs.

Government subsidies for training programs vary by State and Territory jurisdictions. Government subsidised training places are generally available to those without a qualification up to a certificate III level, especially for those referred through an employment service provider. There may be subsidies available to employers to support the cost of training their employees, however employers are usually expected to contribute to the cost of training.

These certificates can be specifically tailored for employees of regional councils and local government shires, who are required to undertake municipal and essential services, landscaping and repairs and maintenance works. All skills learned in this qualification are useful for living on country or working in remote locations on properties.

Certificate II in Remote Area Essential Services       UEE21311

The certificate II in remote area essential services provides an occupational outcome for community members in rural and regional Australia. A career pathway for the remote area essential services operator includes:

  • Certificate I in remote area essential services (base grade ESO)
  • Certificate II in remote area essential services (qualified)
  • Certificate III in remote area essential services (supervisor)

The remote area essential services operators assist in the delivery of power, water and sewerage services in remote areas.


Certificate II in Rural Operations                         AHC21216

The certificate II in rural operations provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies in rural and regional Australia. The course develops skills in:

  • Using hand and power tools
  • Operating and maintaining basic machinery
  • Undertaking basic landscaping and construction works
  • Installing aggregate paths
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing fencing
  • Communicating in the workplace
  • Applying work, health and safety procedures

Completing a Certificate II in Rural Operations can lead to work in a variety of areas including:

  • Environmental services
  • Construction and landscaping
  • Farm Hand
  • Repairs and maintenance, handyman

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, community services and metals.


Certificate II in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology    AUR20816

The certificate II in outdoor power equipment technology prepares new employees, or develops existing workers, to perform a limited range of service and repair tasks in the outdoor power equipment industry. Job outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

• service technicians

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of service and repair tasks on outdoor power equipment. It is suitable for entry into the outdoor power equipment service and repair sector.

Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed AUR10116 Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation or other relevant qualifications.

Further training pathways from this qualification include AUR30716 Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology, AUR31016 Certificate III in Automotive Sales, or other relevant qualifications.