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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study Options in Australia

A very lucrative and often undermined option for international students to study in Australia is Vocational Education and Training (VET) which is a skill based education and training focusing on giving practical skills to the students who are doing these courses.

These courses are also known as technical or trade courses.

The vocational education programs also help students to get career focused skills that are required in the current job market designed to give practical skills to the people and get them job ready. They are also suitable for the people who would like to upgrade their skills in certain industries and for those who would like to change their career paths. Like, someone who decided to move from one career to the other, for example going from hospitality to marketing.

It also provides a pathway to the students who are planning to do the university courses. Providing a really good bridge for the students who are planning to do university courses but they are not ready yet to take those courses.

What are the entry requirements to these courses?

  • In order to get entry to these courses, you must have completed your year 12 or high school.
  • You would also need to meet some minimum English requirements which you obviously have to prove after undertaking an English test. It could be IELTS, PTE or others.
  • Sometimes, in order to get an entry to these courses, you might need some work experience but it is not required in all the cases.
  • In order to get entry into some specific courses like arts or others, you may also need to submit your portfolio sometimes.
  • It is always a good idea to check with your provider what sort of entry requirements do they have.

Who provide these courses?

Most of the vocational education programs are taught by private organizations known as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Technical And Further Education (TAFE) Institutions but some secondary schools and universities also provide some vocational education programs. But most of these programs are run by RTOs and TAFE Institutions.

What type of courses are available?

There are different levels of courses that you can complete when studying vocational education programs which include:

  • Certificate I 
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV 
  • Diploma 
  • Advanced Diploma 
  • Graduate Certificates and 
  • Graduate Diplomas 

Now, obviously all these levels are different and you learn different skills at each level.
For example, when you are doing Certificate IV, you are learning the skills of becoming a supervisor.
While at an Advanced Diploma, you will be learning the skills of how to manage people for a managerial job roles.
You can do these vocational programs in various subjects such as:

  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Graphic Design
  • Education and many 

What is the duration of these courses?

  • Certificate I to IV usually lasts from anywhere from 3 months to 1 year while Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas can go anywhere from 1 year to 2 years.
  • Vocational Graduate Certificates can be anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.
  • Vocational Graduate Diplomas however can be anywhere from 1 to 2 years.
  • Usually, they are around 3 to 5 intakes per year to study these courses.

How much it will cost to study these courses?

The cost of these courses will certainly vary depending upon the type and the level of course you are completing but to give you a rough estimation it can cost anywhere from $4,000  to $20,000 to complete these courses. 

Obviously, the cost of these courses are much lower as compared to the degree programs.

After completing these courses, you usually get a Certificate or a Diploma stating which qualification you have completed.

To find out more information about these courses, you can search thousands of courses and institutions providing different vocational education programs in Australia. You can also search all the courses from one specific provider. All you need to do is to choose the institution and then look for all the courses that this specific provider is providing and it also provides you a basic information about the course and other relevant information about the course.

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