Vocational Education and Training (VET), TAFE & RTOs

Vocational Education and Training (VET) develops skills:

  • For jobs
  • To enter the workforce for the first time
  • For a trade. Examples include Automotive Technician, Butcher, Carpenter, Cook, Electrician, Florist, Hairdresser, Fitter-Machinist, etc.
  • For skilled occupations and paraprofessional occupations. Examples include Accounts Clerk, Conference Organiser, Dental Assistant, Enrolled Nurse, Laboratory Technician, Waiter
  • To get new skills required for jobs
  • To retrain for a different job


Registered Training Organisations deliver VET qualifications. RTOs include:

  • TAFEs
  • Private training organisations, called RTOs
  • Schools that offer VET programs
  • Other organisations registered to deliver VET qualifications

VET qualifications include:

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

Sometimes you don't need to complete a whole VET qualification. If appropriate you can complete one or more units of competency. For example:

  1. If you want to do work experience in the Construction industry you will need to complete CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.
  2. If you want to get a part-time job serving alcoholic drinks in restaurant you will need to complete: SITHFAB002 - Provide responsible service of alcohol.

You can do Skill Sets with TAFE or an RTO. Skill Sets are a bundle of units of competency related to a particular industry. For example:

  1. If you got a part-time job in a Pharmacy, you could complete the skillset, IRSS00030 - Introduction to Community Pharmacy.
  2. If you were going to start your own small business, you could complete BSBSS00102 - Micro Business Skill Set

MySkills is Australia’s director of VET.

Some TAFEs may offer higher education qualifications such bachelor degrees. Some TAFE courses provide a pathway to university courses.

Find Courses at Your Preferred TAFE

If you already have a TAFE in mind, select your preferred TAFE provider from the list below. This will take you to home page for that provider.

Australian Capital Territory 

Canberra Institute of Technology

New South Wales 

TAFE NSW

Use the study with us link to explore courses, locations qualifications, pathways and more.

Northern Territory 

Charles Darwin University

Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Queensland 

TAFE Queensland

Use the courses link to explore what you can study and choose the study with us link to explore where you can study TAE Queensland courses.

South Australia 

TAFESA

Use the course and the locations link to find out what you can study and where.

Tasmania 

TasTAFE

Victoria 

Bendigo TAFE

Box Hill Institute

Chisholm

The Gordon

GoTAFE

Holmesglen

Kangan Institute

Melbourne Polytechnic

Southwest TAFE

Sunraysia Institute

William Angliss Institute

Wodonga TAFE

Western Australia 

Central Regional TAFE WA

North Metropolitan TAFE WA

North Regional TAFE WA

South Metropolitan TAFE WA

South Regional TAFE WA