TAFE in Australia
Popular Australian TAFE Courses
What’s in a name? Quite a lot really, especially if the name is fantastically self-explanatory like TAFE. Training and Further Education; it doesn’t get much simpler than that. One of the great things about TAFE is that simplicity doesn’t end with its name. TAFE is very popular in Australia because it simplifies the whole higher education process.
TAFE courses are structured in such a way that no matter what your previous education level you can work your way up to advanced qualifications and even university degrees. For example, you can start off with Certificate I in Engineering (with no admission requirements) and work your way up to a postgraduate engineering degree.
This is fantastic news for people who never had the opportunity to study further after school – whatever the reasons.
7 Additional Benefits of TAFE in Australia
1) TAFE courses can be completed part-time or full-time, so you can work while you study. This is perfect for people who are already established in their jobs but who would like to upgrade their skills either for their own satisfaction or with an eye toward promotion.
It’s also convenient for people who want to change careers but who need to continue working to meet their financial obligations.
Finally, this suits working people with families because they can structure their studies around their lives rather than their lives around their studies.
2) TAFE courses can be studied online. Well, a lot of TAFE courses can be studied online, either partially or fully. Obviously this is difficult if you’re studying a trade, like plumbing, because it has a very strong practical element. If this is the case, theory elements are often offered online with practical classes.
3) TAFE courses are available everywhere in Australia. But really – everywhere. There are nationally recognised TAFE institutes in every single region in Australia from Perth in Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland. Even in places where there is only one institute, it usually has campuses or centres spread out so that students from all over can benefit from further education.
For example, Charles Darwin University is the only TAFE course provider in Northern Territory, but it has campuses in Alice Springs, Jabiru and Yulara.
Also, TAFE NSW is the biggest TAFE course provider in New South Wales with what seems like countless campuses in the region, including Granville, Kingscliff, North Sydney, Wollongong, Hornsby and Blacktown. And, TAFE NSW also has 10 institutes from which it can offer courses, including North Coast Institute, Illawarra Institute, Riverina Institute and Western Sydney Institute.
4) TAFE short courses are available as refresher courses and quick introductory courses, as well as for continuous professional development and recreational purposes. The types of TAFE short courses available vary from institute to institute, so, while you might be able to find horticulture short courses at TAFE SA in Adelaide they might not be available at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE in Brisbane, QLD.
Many TAFE institutes in Australia run their short courses according to a set schedule but some courses can be arranged on demand. So, if a business wants to arrange for a short intro course on the latest version of Microsoft Excel or MYOB then that can generally be accommodated.
5) TAFE courses are based on industry input, which gives them an edge over many university qualifications that don’t really prepare students for the work environment. It means that TAFE courses are able to provide theory and skills that are highly relevant to their field and which can be used virtually immediately.
6) Early TAFE qualifications, such as Certificate I and II, can be used as part of traineeship and apprenticeship programs. This provides valuable work experience for students who not only become familiar with their work environment but who also get something to put on the CVs when they qualify.
7) TAFE courses are pathways to university degrees. TAFE courses are nationally (in some cases internationally recognised), so universities can use them as a yardstick to gauge the quality of prior learning. Many TAFE institutes in Australia have partnerships with universities that allow students to use their Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications to enter bachelor degree programs. TAFE diplomas and advanced diplomas will even take a year or two off the time it takes to earn the degree. Find info about Tafe in WA.
Making TAFE Work For You
Don’t confuse simple with easy. Just because TAFE courses are easily available in Australia (need we mention the nation-wide coverage again: Melbourne (Tafe in Vic), Hobart (Tasmania), Cairns (Tafe in QLD)) doesn’t make them a walk in the park.
They are designed to be challenging and students need to approach them with the same determination, dedication and motivation as they would a degree.
TAFE knocks doors, but you have to open them.
Read on to find out more about the TAFE institutes and courses in Australia, including:
- Queensland (QLD)
- Victoria (VIC)
- New South Wales (NSW)
- Western Australia (WA)
- Northern Territory (NT)
- Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- South Australia (SA)
- Tasmania (TAS)
- TAFE, VET and AQF – Acronyms in Australian Learning
- Using TAFE as a Pathway to a University Degree
- Now Learning and TAFE
- More Resources
- Training Courses
- Popular Courses on Now Learning