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Thinking about studying at TAFE or another vocational education and training (VET) provider?

VET courses are designed to give you practical, hands-on, industry-relevant training, so you’ll be job-ready when you finish your qualification.

Study options include certificate and diploma level qualifications as well as associate degrees and training for apprenticeships and traineeships. Some VET providers also offer higher education qualifications equivalent to a university degree.

As a general rule, the higher the VET qualification, the longer it takes to complete. Some certificate II and III courses can be finished in less than six months, while diploma courses can take up to three years to complete.

You can use your VET study to get a job, set up your own business or as a pathway to further training.

Choosing what to study

When choosing a VET course, think about what job you might like in the future and the skills or qualifications you’ll need. You could start your research by using some of the resources in our Jobs and Careers section or you might find our Choosing a course page useful.

Choosing where to study

TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training in Queensland. It offers practical, industry-relevant training to over 180,000 students annually, in more than 500 program areas.

In partnership with Queensland’s major universities and a number of interstate tertiary institutions, TAFE Queensland offers pathways to university as well as credit towards university study. You can search for TAFE courses and qualifications on the TAFE Queensland website.

Other VET providers include:

  • private colleges such as business schools, hairdressing and beauty schools, tennis and golf academies and dance schools
  • government organisations such as the Australian Agricultural Colleges Corporation, Defence Force Recruiting Centres and Queensland Police
  • registered training organisations.

Like TAFE Queensland, many other VET providers have close partnerships with tertiary providers and employers, offering pathways to further study or employment.

You can search for courses and qualifications offered by private VET providers in Australia on the myfuture or myskills websites.

How to apply

For information about applying for VET study in Queensland and interstate, check out our Applying for courses page.

Study costs

Knowing how much a course will cost is an important factor in deciding what and where to study. You can get an estimate of first year study costs by using QTAC's Course search application or you can contact VET providers directly to find how much the courses you are considering will cost.

You might be able to get some financial assistance to cover your study costs. Our Paying for your studies page has more information.

More information

  • Good Universities Guide helps you find courses, explore careers, and search for scholarships at Australian universities, TAFEs and training colleges.
  • myfuture lets you search for VET courses, training opportunities, and providers across Australia.
  • myskills provides information about VET and connects students and employers with training organisations across Australia.
  • QTAC lets you search for VET courses in Queensland, northern New South Wales and Tasmania.
  • TAFE Queensland lets you search for TAFE Queensland courses by study area or region.

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017