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Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications

Australia has a vibrant and varied vocational education and college sector.  We have literally hundreds of courses and institutions that can provide training in a wide variety of subjects to set you up for your career.

The courses from hospitality, building trades, cooking, management, massage, real estate, finance and many other industries and trades are all underpinned by the Australian Qualifications Framework.  If you properly select the course with your objectives in mind, then you will get great value form your experience with the Australian Vocational Education Sector.

Getting good information from an agent, the institution and a variety of other sources is crucial in helping you determine the best course for you.

More information on CRICOS approved Colleges and VET institutions can be found here.

Please contact us before enrolling in any course, as we can both provide advice as to all the options that are available and provide a competitive quote.  We can often provide a discount or rebate on the fees charged by the institution.  We try and save you money.  We offer a Price Guarantee*

*Price match guarantee: We will beat any advertised price by 5% prior to paying for your course.  After you enroll if you find a better advertised price within 5 days we will refund the difference.  We need to be able to verify that the offer of price is genuine for the offer to apply.


VET qualifications are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills and competencies gained. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognises prior learning or current competence in the industry. This makes credit transfer easier and offers students flexible learning pathways. Qualifications range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.

Your VET course will broaden your skills in a specialised area that teaches you the practical experience you’ll need for the workplace. It will train you to design, plan, and execute the practical and technical aspects of your field in an industry context.

Listed below are the qualifications and possible career outcomes of Australian VET courses:

Certificate I

  • Duration – 4 to 6 months
  • Career outcome – Competent operator

Certificate II

  • Duration – About 1 year
  • Career outcome – Advanced operator

Certificate III

  • Duration – About 1 year
  • Career outcome – Qualified tradesperson or technician

Certificate IV

  • Duration – 12 to 18 months
  • Career outcome – Supervisor


  • Duration – 18 to 24 months
  • Career outcome – Para-professional

Advanced Diploma

  • Duration – 24 to 36 months
  • Career outcome – Junior manager