Vocational education and training is focused on the skills to do a particular job or task, so courses are designed with the help of advisors from industry and have emphasis on practical application and relevant industry requirements.
Vocational courses at Registered Training Providers (RTO) are nationally recognised. Make sure when you are choosing your course that your Training Provider is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.
Studying a course at an RTO delivering a National Training Package enables you to study a recognised qualification and if you need to change RTO's you will be able to get Recognition for Prior Learning by matching the unit codes with the course requirements at your new RTO.
There are a variety of courses for students to choose from. Some lead to Apprenticeships or University, and students will gain a qualification (Certificate I, II, III, IV, Diploma or Associate Diploma).
How to Pay
Fees for Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies are payable up-front and fees vary between courses and institutions. It is important to review the fees and consider what the RTO provides for the fees they charge.
Financial assistance is available from government RTO's and some private RTO's in the form of VET FEE-HELP. VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees.
Higher level VET qualifications are at the diploma level and above; VET FEE‑HELP is not available for certificate level courses. VET FEE‑HELP can be used to pay all or part of an eligible student’s tuition fees, but cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.
If you intend to defer your payments using VET FEE-HELP make sure you check if your course is included in the scheme. VET FEE-HELP will only cover courses at the diploma level that are equivalent to a third of a university degree so not all VET courses will be eligible for students to apply for financial assistance.