TAFE institute


TAFE institutes

Technical & Further Education provide additional educational options and learning pathways for international and domestic school leavers who are unable to attend university or face financial challenges.  TAFE courses are typically shorter than degree courses and much much more affordable. TAFE education very specialised and practically oriented courses targeted at students seeking specific training for specific types of jobs.

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TAFE institutes are located across  VIC, NSW, SA, QLD, TAS, WA ACT and NT. Subjects available within a wide range such as IT, accounting, business, hospitality, tourism, construction, engineering, visual arts, information technology, childcare and community work, etc. Courses are typically tailored to specific jobs such as hair dressing, chef training, plumber, cabinet maker, electrician, accounts clerk, reception, office admin, boilermaker etc. Uni graduates return to school for work’s sake

Certificate  or Diploma?

TAFE courses are typically offered at Certificate I, II, III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma level, lasting 6 months to 2 years, depending on full time or part time enrollment. Presently, in many cases Cert 1 & 2 are  taken together, as are Certificate 3 & 4. Completion of Cert 3 &4 is often needed before admission to Diploma is possible. But, if you have been working several years in the chosen field of study, it may be possible to qualify for some kind of  exemption ( in recognition of relevant work experience ) and  get direct admission to a Diploma program without first competing  Certificate 3 & 4. In such cases, these exemption are granted after successfully passing qualifying tests. Please contact your local TAFE for more details. As well, Cert 2 & 3 suit those still in secondary school who wish to take TAFE courses concurrently with their high school studies, whilst Cert 3 & 4 are aimed at students who have completed year 10 or even HSC or a uni degree.

Why many university grads take TAFE courses

Often TAFE courses suit degree grads who prefer to switch to a different line, or those who want to take a short course specialised in an area. TAFE courses are well recognised by Aussie employers as they are designed to teach student practical and employable skills such as welding, painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical science, computing and computer programming, networking, IT support etc. TAFE diploma and certificate courses whilst not equivalent to university degrees have more practical focus than degree courses.

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New South Wales : NSW

Tasmania TAS

South Australia : SA

Queensland : QLD

Victoria : VIC

Western Australia : WA

Australian Capital Territory : ACT

Northern Territory :  NT

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