Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering

Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering provides advanced power engineering knowledge to electrical engineering graduates working within the industry.

The course is delivered by national and international industry experts from the electrical transmission and distribution sector. By studying this course you will acquire a better understanding of the design processes and technical requirements of the industry.

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering is offered on a part-time basis, making it perfect for professionals looking to increase or enhance their skills whilst working full-time. The degree is structured for intensive subject module delivery mode, with a combination of face-to-face learning and online materials and support.

This degree

The Electrical Power Engineering course is specifically designed to meet industry needs, by providing structured learning and development and providing knowledge and experience difficult to gain through workplace training programs. The course modules have been selected from areas key to the Australian electricity transmission and distribution industry ensuring you receive up-to-date industry-specific education. The program is focused on current technologies and challenges faced by engineers working in the field of electrical power engineering.

A feature of the course is the integration of presentations from recognised practising industry experts on specialist topics at targeted workshops. These workshops are used to enhance communication and allow field work and contact with content experts.

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering consists of four subjects from the following: Overhead, Underground, Line Design and Construction, Power Quality, Power System Stability, Electrical Safety, Distribution System Reliability, Renewable and Embedded Generation, High Voltage Engineering, Distribution Network Planning, Electricity Market Structures and Demand Side Integration, Power Systems Earthing, Power System Protection and Communication, and Substation Design.

Course information

Study area




Course Code





1 year (2 sessions) part-time




UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelor of Engineering degree awarded Honours Class 2, Division 11. A recognised qualification in Engineering, such as a diploma, with at least 5-10 years extensive professional experience as a technical officer or equivalent or higher in electrical power engineering discipline may be considered in lieu of the Bachelors degree.

Applicants must also include a CV providing a brief account of their work history to date.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place

Session Fee: $15,480
Full Course Fee: $15,480

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Some Commonwealth Supported places may be awarded on an equity basis. Contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 for an application form.

The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International students



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring


Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering will be able to:

  1. Integrate engineering methods with industry standards to solve electrical power engineering problems.
  2. Research and synthesise key information, and apply judgement in electrical power engineering system design and planning.
  3. Interpret information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to both expert and non-expert audiences.
  4. Employ independent learning strategies to update own knowledge in the field of electrical power engineering and keep pace with innovations in engineering techniques, industry trends and standards. 

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering requires the satisfactory completion of four subjects (24 credit points) chosen from the list below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
ECTE914Overhead, Underground Line Design and Construction6Spring
ECTE915Power Quality6Not offered in this year
ECTE916Distribution System Reliability6Spring
ECTE917Renewable and Embedded Generation6Not offered in this year
ECTE918High Voltage Engineering6Not offered in this year
ECTE919Distribution Network Planning6Not offered in this year
ECTE920Electricity Market Structures and Demand Side Integration6Autumn
ECTE928Power System Earthing6Not offered in this year
ECTE929Power System Protection and Communication6Not offered in this year
ECTE930Substation Design6Autumn
ECTE934Electrical Safety6Not offered in this year
ECTE939Power Systems Stability6Not offered in this year
ECTE948Power System Insulation Coordination6Not offered in this year

Note: Only a limited number of subjects will be offered in any one year.

The program is offered on a part-time basis by mandatory attendance at a face-to-face 3-day intensive learning session for each subject.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

For many decades, UOW’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has developed postgraduate coursework degrees to provide professional engineers with further training. Well-designed laboratories, practical implementation of skills and an emphasis on innovation ensure graduates have the skills to meet modern engineering challenges. Coursework programs are flexible with many subjects offered at times convenient to busy engineers in full-time employment.

UOW has a distinguished engineering research reputation, particularly in collaboration with industry, both in Australia and internationally. This concentration of high quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 - Group of Eight Associates, the top research faculties in Australia.