What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?
Vocational Education and Training, commonly known as VET, is a style of education which focuses on hands-on skills, practical knowledge and real world experience. VET can help you get ready for a rewarding job and career in a relatively short period of time.
You’ll do a combination of class based learning and hands-on learning in the workplace and closely simulated environments. For example, you might experience the job first-hand through work placement or as an apprentice or trainee.
VET courses are designed by industry experts, so you’ll be learning the latest and most relevant skills and knowledge. Courses are reviewed periodically to keep up with Victoria's work demands and skill shortages.
What can I study?
VET offers a broad range of areas you can study, for example:
- aged care
- building, construction and engineering
- business, accounting and financial planning
- counselling and mental health
- disability support
- early childhood education and care
- education support
- farming and agriculture
- gardening and horticulture
- health and community services
- plumbing, electrical and electrotechnology services
- retail, hospitality and food
- technology, cybersecurity and networking
- the arts
- youth work.
You can search for VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway.
Where can I study?
VET courses are offered by registered training organisations (RTOs) across regional and metropolitan Victoria. These include:
- TAFEs, which offer a large range of courses across regional and metropolitan Victoria.
- Private training providers, which are usually smaller than TAFEs and often offer courses for a specific industry.
- Some Learn Locals, which are community based organisations that help adults with employment skills, vocational programs, and literacy and numeracy.
What level of qualification can I study?
You can study VET at the following levels:
- Accredited short courses and skill sets
- Certificates I, II, III and IV
- Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
- Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas (vocational)
You can find out more about qualification levels on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) website.
VET training courses delivered by RTOs are accredited and regulated under the AQF.
Completing a Certificate I level course or higher gives you a nationally recognised qualification. Short courses and skill sets are not qualifications, however you will receive a certificate of attainment on completion.
Is government funding available?
There are different government funding options available to help pay for your VET course if you meet the eligibility requirements. Find out more on the Victorian Skills Gateway.
How can a VET course help me?
What are apprenticeships and traineeships?
Apprenticeships and traineeships give you the opportunity to learn on the job in a real workplace while studying a VET course through a training provider. You earn a wage, and you can be full time or part time.
You can start an apprenticeship or traineeship at any stage of your career. On completion you’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification.
Find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships on the Victorian Skills Gateway.
Can I get credit for my existing skills, experience and qualifications?
You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to have your existing skills and experience, and any prior study, taken into account. This can reduce the number of units you need to do, so you can complete your course faster.
Find out more about RPL on the Victorian Skills Gateway.