Are you looking for a practical course in Australia that leads to a higher education pathway or to build a career in a specific field? If yes, the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is your correct choice.
This blog will teach you about TAFE, including colleges, courses, study areas, entry requirements for these courses, and more.
1. What Is TAFE?
Technical and Further Education (TAFE) studies are certifications or vocational programs provided by Vocational Education and Training (the national training system of Australia).
The state and territory government of Australia runs and funds TAFE institutes. TAFE provides diploma/certificate qualifications and has recently started offering post-graduate diplomas and bachelor's degrees in some fields.
The TAFE system acts as an entry point for students who want to earn credits for a bachelor's degree granted by a university. In some cases, students can transfer TAFE credits to full degree programs. TAFE institutions mainly concentrate on one field or a range of related subjects.
2. TAFE Institutes In Australia
TAFE is the most critical education and training sector in Australia. It has around 59 TAFE institutes spread across many regional and metropolitan areas of the country.
TAFE courses give students the training, skills, and qualifications needed to join the workforce.
The state or territory government regulates TAFE institutes. Hence, the fees and policies may differ everywhere. You can visit your territory or state's TAFE website for more information. Here are some of the well-known TAFE institutes in Australia:
Canberra Institute of Technology - The Australian Capital Territory
TAFE NSW - New South Wales
Charles Darwin University - Northern Territory
TAFE Qld - Queensland
TAFE SA - South Australia
TasTAFE - Tasmania
Victorian Skills Gateway - Victoria
Training WA - Western Australia
3. TAFE Study Areas
Technical and further education institutions offer courses in various subject areas, including the following:
Engineering and Transport
Building and Furnishings
Education and languages
4. TAFE Study Levels
Apart from offering a wide range of courses, TAFE institutes provide many qualifications you can choose from, depending on your career goals. Some courses focus on the basics of a subject, while others are more specialised.
The most common TAFE qualifications are as follows:
TAFE Course Structure
Unlike university degrees, the skills and units covered by students in TAFE do not vary from one institute to the other.
This is because VET qualifications follow an industry-relevant and nationally endorsed training package, which lays out the required competencies that students must accomplish at each qualification level. This help students gain uniform skills demanded by the industry.
The training packages are available in various fields, such as hospitality, information technology, community services, business services, financial services, retail, engineering and the metal industry. All the qualifications range from certificate I to advanced diplomas/certificates, and the training packages consist of various course areas.
VET students must complete their training from the TAFE institute and prove that they have met each competency level via assessment.
On the other hand, higher education degrees do not consist of training packages, so the skills and units may differ from one institute to the other. TAFE students must complete both "off-the-job" training provided by the institute and paid "on-the-job training" with an employer to receive their qualifications.
6. TAFE Tuition Fees
TAFE tuition fees may differ depending on the institution, course and campus you choose. Some courses are government-funded, and others are full-fee courses. Eligible students may also receive exemptions or concessions.
The students who are completing their advanced diploma course are allowed to defer their fees until they earn a certain income. Scholarships are also available for TAFE students. And someone who's pursuing higher education courses can access FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP.
7. TAFE Entry Requirements
As compared to universities, TAFE institutes have fewer entry requirements. Entry requirements for VET courses range from very little or no entry requirements (certificate I) to Australian year 12 or equivalent (certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma).
Your work experience might count as well. Some courses require students to give interviews, auditions, and tests and provide portfolios before entry. Always remember that higher education degrees at TAFE institutes may have higher admission requirements than universities.
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