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Cert III in Instrumentation and Control (I&C) versus Cert IV in Electrical Instrumentation (EI) – Which one to choose?

Cert III in Instrumentation and Control (I&C) versus Cert IV in Electrical Instrumentation (EI) – Which one to choose?

Oct 08, 2020


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Introduction to the Instrumentation Industry

The global process automation and instrumentation market is anticipated to grow from $70.2 billion in 2017 to $112.2 billion by 2026. As the instrumentation market grows bigger, so does the need for a suitably qualified I&C technicians.

Licenced Instrumentation professionals are rare and, therefore, in-demand and receive an increased pay rate.

Job opportunities in Instrumentation:

  • Oil and gas shutdowns (onshore and offshore)
  • Mining shutdowns
  • Heavy industry shutdowns
  • Oil and gas construction
  • Mining construction

Certificate III or Certificate IV in Instrumentation: What is the difference?

Whether you decide to undertake Cert 3 IC, or Cert 4 EI, both courses are in demand and upskilling is necessary to stand out and succeed in your career. The table below gives a brief overview of both qualifications and can be used to figure out which course is right for you.

  UEE40411 – Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation (EI) UEE31211 – Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control (I&C) 
Funded Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland Fee for Service only
Pre-requisite Valid Unrestricted Electrical Licence Valid Unrestricted Electrical Licence + UEE40411
Course Duration 2 Weeks 2 Weeks
Work Experience Requirement   3 weeks for WA fundedcourse only – can be obtained before, in parallel or after the course 1 year I&C experience- can be obtained before, in parallel or after the course
Level of Entry Entrance level in EI and I&C field I&C System Technician
Trade Course Not a Trade Course Class B Grade Trade
Provide Skills and Competency in Test + commission + set up + fault find from DCS / PLC / SCADA to field transmitters. Select + install + terminate + set up + fault find + test field transmitter.
Gap Training Provided by PMV 8 Core + 3 Electives 9 Core + 2 Electives

To Summarise

Cert 4 EI gives you the required knowledge and skill to enter the instrumentation industry, and the Cert 3 IC allows you to specialise further as a lead in instrumentation and control.

Whether you decide to undertake Cert 3 IC, or Cert 4 EI, these courses are required to be competitive in the industry. Upskilling is necessary to progress your career in a highly technical and specialised field, such as instrumentation.

PMV offers training in both courses:

UEE40411 Certificate IV in Electrical Instrumentation

UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control