VET courses focus on teaching basic literacy and numeracy
skills, vocational skills for particular occupations and semi-professional
(known as ‘paraprofessional’) training for lower-level roles in certain fields.
They are available in a wide range of study areas, from accounting, business
and design to engineering, health services and science. VET differs from higher
education study because of its practical focus, shorter completion time and
lower qualification levels.
If you are still at school, VET in Schools programs are
great opportunities to commence study. They allow you to combine a vocational
pathway with your schooling and work towards a qualification. Qualifications in
the vocational education and training (VET) sector include certificates I to
IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas, vocational graduate certificates and
vocational graduate diplomas.
These courses provide graduates with the skills to:
- join the workforce for the first time
- re-enter the workforce after a break
- upgrade their skills in a chosen field
- change career paths
- enter higher education.
How will I study?
Training for VET can be completed ‘on-the-job’ or
On-the-job training occurs in the workplace as part of your
work. An assessor will visit you regularly to check that you are meeting
competencies. Off-the-job training occurs away from the workplace, sometimes
outside of working hours. It may take place at a TAFE institute, school or
private training centre.
Where can I study?
Technical and further education (TAFE) institutes are the
main provider of VET, along with private registered training organisations (RTOs).
Some universities offer VET, including a number of dual sector providers.
What are the entry requirements?
VET courses are typically very accessible, particularly at
lower levels. In higher-level courses, including certificate IV, diploma and
advanced diploma programs, completion of Year 10 or 12 is required. You can
study most VET courses full-time or part-time.
Some programs are available through online and distance
education. Additional requirements range from subject prerequisites, work
experience and tests, to interviews or auditions. Check with education
providers for details.
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