TAFE and training courses are designed to teach you new skills or prepare you for a specific job, and can also
lead to further study.
Choosing the right course depends on what you're interested in and what job you want to do.
Occupation Explorer to find an occupation you're interested in. TAFE and training courses, apprenticeships and traineeships can lead to more than 500 occupations.
Each course provides different levels of training and prepares you for different kinds of work. For example, a Certificate I or Certificate II is a great place to start if you haven't done any study before or want to learn a new skill. A Diploma may lead to a highly skilled job in a particular industry or to a university course.
Every course on the Victorian Skills Gateway is delivered by training providers that are registered training organisations (RTOs).
This means the training is accredited and the qualifications are regulated under the
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This also means that you get a nationally recognised qualification.
All qualifications are made up of unique units of competency. Each unit identifies a distinct workplace requirement or skill needed to perform a particular task effectively in the workplace.
When you do a course, each unit is assessed, and this goes towards getting the qualification.
When you enrol in a course at TAFE or another training provider, you can choose to complete all the required units to get a particular qualification, or you can just do individual units. For example, you could get a Certificate III, or do one or more of the units to get a particular skill or meet a workplace requirement.
Some qualifications have entry requirements you need to meet before you can enrol.
The Victorian Skills Gateway lists entry requirements in the course description, where relevant. You also need to check these with the training provider.
pre-accredited training and
foundation skills courses can help you get the skills you need to get into further training.
You may also be able to
get credit for your skills or past study using a credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Check if your study counts towards a new course
Skills Checker to check if your past study and training are likely to count towards a new course.
Courses delivered by TAFE and other training providers offer qualifications ranging from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Certificate I to Diploma and Graduate Diploma.
Some qualifications, such as a Certificate II or Certificate III, can be done as part of a
traineeship or apprenticeship.
TAFE and training courses also include accredited training that addresses specific skill requirements to meet particular industry, enterprise, educational or community needs.
This training is accredited by either the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC), and delivered by RTOs. For more information, see
Department accredited VET courses.
Foundation level course.
Prepares school graduates for work in routine activities or community involvement.
6 months to 1 year
Minimum qualification for entry level jobs in some industries.
Can sometimes be completed as part of a traineeship.
Minimum qualification for entry into many industries.
Provides theoretical knowledge and encourages development of higher level skills for problem solving.
Can sometimes be completed as part of a traineeship or an apprenticeship that involves a mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training.
1 to 2 years
Up to 4 years for an apprenticeship
Preparation for work in areas that may require complex skills.
Develops a broad knowledge base, teaching students to analyse and evaluate information and to apply the knowledge and skills to a wide variety of contexts.
6 months to 2 years
Can lead to university courses in a related field.
Provides theoretical knowledge and technical and creative skills.
Students can apply their knowledge in management or supervisory positions, and/or develop a high level of expertise in a particular area.
1.5 to 2 years
Source: Australian Qualifications Framework
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