Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Students who are not working towards an ATAR pathway must complete a Certificate II or higher qualification to meet WACE requirements. These can also be recognised for unit equivalence for the completion of 20 course unit requirement. Vocational Education and Training in schools engages students in work-related learning built on strategic partnerships between schools, business, industry and the wider community. VET can be undertaken as part of the WACE and its completion by the student provides credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework, providing a broad range of post-school options and pathways.

VET Stand Alone Programme
A VET stand alone programme is non-integrated vocational education and training resulting in the achievement of a full or partial qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework. Delivery and assessment occurs independently from any course curriculum delivery. Students engaging in VET stand alone programmes, resulting in the attainment of units of competency, qualifications or accredited courses listed on the Training.gov.au website (http://training.gov.au) are awarded WACE unit equivalence as an endorsed programme. At Prendiville Catholic College this may be accomplished through Certificate Courses (National Training Packages).

Certificate Courses (National Training Packages)
A training package is an integrated set of nationally endorsed competency standards, assessment guidelines and qualifications for a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise. Each training package provides a consistent and reliable set of components for training, recognising and assessing people’s skills. Training packages encourage learning and assessment in a work-related environment, which leads to verifiable workplace outcomes.

The benefits of Training Packages include:

  • Training that meets the needs and requirements of industry and standards set by industry.
  • Qualifications are consistent and nationally recognised, making it easier for students to move between States and for employers to hire people who have worked for other companies or interstate.
  • Individuals and businesses are assured of the quality of training and qualifications in areas that specifically suit the needs of the enterprise.

Post School VET
Training providers or RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) formerly known as TAFE’s provide training opportunities for students wishing to pursue a vocational career pathway. This is usually through the delivery of nationally recognised industry based qualifications through certificate courses (I, II, III, IV) and diploma’s. This is also the recognised pathway for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Entrance Requirements:

Most RTO’s require applicants to meet minimum benchmark requirements for communication and math skills or a lower level qualification ie. you may need to complete a Certificate II in a particular industry area before you enrol in the Certificate III of that area.

For some courses, for example arts and multimedia, you may need to submit a folio. There are also courses not recommended for people just leaving school either because of few job opportunities for young people or because you need specific skills gained through lower level courses.

Some highly competitive or specialist courses may require you to address selection criteria, you will need to provide documentary evidence of your previous education, volunteer/workplace experience and other relevant information. In these instances, people with the highest score against the selection criteria are offered the available places.

More Information:  For further information on Vocational Education and Training pathways you should contact individual RTO’s such as North Metro TAFE and South Metro TAFE. The Training WA website provides information on all available courses and RTO’s in Western Australia.www.trainingwa.gov.au including links to the Australian Apprentice Centre.


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