Industrial Training Rules

IT Rules

The best time to undertake your industrial training is during your 2nd and 3rd year for undergraduates that you're enrolled in your engineering program. For masters students, please discuss with your school academic IT coordinator.

  • Minimum 60 days in total
  • Maximum 3 placement will count towards your IT requirement
  • One placement must be traditional and at least 30 days
  • Minimum duration for traditional and unpaid placement is 10 days
  • Minimum duration for non-traditional placements is 5 days
  • Maximum number of non-traditional placements is 2
  • Students can undertake part-time or casual employment over a continuous extended period

Students need to complete placements which fulfil 5 of the 16 elements from the engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer with at least one element for each competency (please see the format guide for writing your report).

The company you are undertaking IT with should provide you with workers compensation, public liability and general personal accident insurances as a minimum.

For those who completed industrial training at a previous institution or worked in the industry prior to enrolling at UNSW, submit an application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Not all prior learning will be recognised. Your application must be completed within your first term of study.

Examples of number of days

Minimum of 5 days for non-traditional and 10 days for traditional and unpaid traditional


Number of placements Days in placement      
60 days

50 + 10 days

40 + 20 days

30 + 30 days

50 + 5 + 5 days

40 + 10 + 10 days

30 + 25 + 5 days