Vocational education

Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) is built on partnership between government and industry to provide practical, cost-effective courses. Learn more about the wide range of industry-relevant qualifications available here.

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An Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification provides a efficient, cost-effective pathway to employment by providing 'applied’ (or practical) learning opportunities. A VET qualification can also provide a pathway to further studies, including higher education degrees. 

Australia’s VET sector is built on partnership between government and industry, with curriculum development directly informed by expert industry councils and representatives. Australia’s VET courses and qualifications are designed by industry experts to ensure you are work-ready with the latest industry knowledge and skills. Australian governments (federal and state) help provide funding for VET and oversee quality assurance of the sector.  

VET qualifications are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, as well as private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). 

Study with the experts

In Australia, VET teaching staff must have industry ‘currency’, with recent and relevant experience in their skills area of expertise. That means your teachers and trainers can provide the necessary skills, as well as the industry insights and advice you need to succeed.   

Benefit from practical experience

Many Australian VET courses incorporate a period of on-site learning, either in a simulated workplace environment, an actual industry workplace, or both. This real-world experience will give you the confidence to demonstrate your skills from day 1 in your chosen industry. 


Our quality assurance

In Australia, the wellbeing of all international students, the quality of their educational experience, and the provision of up-to-date and accurate information is protected by law – under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. On top of this, a national VET Regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – ensures the quality of our education to more than 1.2 million students in Australia, including some 230,000 international students in vocational education and training programs. 

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications

Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications focus on specific occupational skills and competencies. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning or current competencies and allows for recognition, credit transfer and flexible learning pathways. Qualifications range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses. 

Your VET course will broaden your skills in a specialised area that provides the practical experience you'll need to design, plan and implement the practical and technical aspects of your field in an industry context. 

Qualifications and comparative career stage outcomes: 

Certificate I

  • Duration - 4 to 6 months
  • Career outcome - Competent operator

Certificate II

  • Duration - About 1 year
  • Career outcome - Advanced operator

Certificate III

  • Duration - About 1 year
  • Career outcome - Qualified tradesperson or technician

Certificate IV

  • Duration - 12 to 18 months
  • Career outcome - Supervisor


  • Duration - 18 to 24 months
  • Career outcome - Para-professional

Advanced Diploma

  • Duration - 24 to 36 months
  • Career outcome - Junior manager

Start your VET education today  

Find out what options are available to you within VET. Head to our course search page and choose “Career based/ vocational” in the “Select level of study” box.  

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