VET courses are primarily offered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These can include Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and private colleges. Some universities may also offer VET courses in addition to higher education courses. Each Australian state or territory registers these organisations to:
- provide quality training
- deliver courses developed with industry
- issue a nationally recognised qualification.
You can find a list of registered RTOs on the My Skills website.
RTOs that wish to offer courses to international students must also register with the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This register allows the government to monitor the education offered to international students in Australia and ensure that it is of a consistently high quality. You can find a list of registered providers on the CRICOS website. You can also find more information about the Educational Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework that governs CRICOS on the Australian Education International (AEI) website.
The VET sector includes the following types of qualifications:
- Certificate I to IV:These courses provide introductory skills and training. They teach industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. They vary in length from six months to two years.
- Diploma:Diplomas prepare students for industry, enterprise and paraprofessional careers. Diplomas typically require one to two years of full-time study.
- Advanced diploma:An advanced diploma provides a high level of practical skills for advanced skilled or paraprofessional work in areas such as accounting, building design and engineering. Students can complete some advanced diploma courses at university level. Advanced diplomas vary in length from 1.5 to two years of full-time study.
- Vocational graduate certificate/diploma:The vocational graduate certificate and diploma are the equivalent of the higher education graduate certificate and diploma. They provide high-level employment-related skills and knowledge. The graduate certificate usually requires six months to a year of full-time study, and the graduate diploma usually requires one to two years of full-time study.
- English language courses:VET providers may also offer English language courses, which range in length from around four to 48 weeks. For more information about learning English in Australia, see English language courses.