Hello, In Australia getting a trade certification is a long and painful process (electrician, boiler maker, carpenter ect) you do a 5 year apprenticeship where you get paid almost nothing. For comparison of wages. A check out chick at Coles will get between $17-$21 an hour. A first year apprentice will get get about $7. Is it an easier process in the states as I've heard all you do is a 2 year course and then you can start work ? For example a welder might do a 18 month course and then be able to work on basic projects.