TVET - Questions and Answers

What are TVET Courses?

These are vocational courses that you can do at your local TAFE or flexibly while you are still at school. It is training targeted to careers, trades, industries and employment.

Do TVET courses contribute to my HSC?

Yes, TVET courses contribute to your Year 11 and Year 12 HSC  program.

Are TVET courses the same as my school subjects?

Yes, they have the same unit values as your elective subjects at school. Please see the Course Guide for the units in each course.

If I am in Year 9 or Year 10, can I do a TVET course?

If you are in Year 9 or Year 10, you are eligible to apply to do a TVET course but you must meet specific criteria and be approved for funding.  For further information, ask your school career advisor or contact your TAFE Institute TVET Consultant.

Why would I do a TVET course?

TVET courses give you more subjects to choose from, practical training and an insight into a certain career.

TVET courses provide you with 2 sets of credentials from the NSW Board of Studies and nationally recognised qualifications from TAFE NSW which can contribute to further related study at TAFE or university. Employers will recognise your TAFE qualifications.

You can learn at a different place and meet students from others schools who have the same interests. You will also enjoy working with TAFE teachers who have a hands-on approach to learning and specialised industry knowledge.

What is different at TAFE?  What can I expect?

TVET courses are taught by trained industry experienced teachers in well equipped training facilities.

Although you will be in an adult learning environment, TVET courses have the same Board of Studies requirements as other HSC courses that you do at school. You will need to attend classes and complete the set assessments.

 What if I want to go to university?

TVET courses called Industry Curriculum Frameworks can contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) if you complete: 2 years of the course, work placement and the optional state-wide external examination.

How long does my course have to be studied?

You can study a course for one year or two years - or even three if you started in Year 10.

Will I miss school? When will I attend the TAFE class?

Most TVET courses are held on a VET school day and you will do VET at school and/or TVET at TAFE. The course could be in the morning or afternoon or even after school.

TVET classes usually run for 3 or 4 hours per week. Some Certificate III courses may be for 5-6 hours.

What is work placement?

Work placement means that you may be required, as part of your course, to complete a specified number of hours in the workplace.

Will I have to do work placement?

Many courses require work placement which can be in industry or in a simulated workplace depending on the course. You will need to check with your TAFE teacher. Click here for more details about work placement.

What will I wear?

You do not have to wear your school uniform. However, in some courses you will have to wear protective clothing and use protective equipment which is supplied.

How will I get to TAFE?

It is up to you to find your own way to the TAFE campuses. However, in some cases a bus can be arranged for you and other students. Ask your school career adviser what may be arranged for you.

If I have a disability, can I do TVET?

If you have a disability, you can also access TVET courses. You can get support if your disability has been confirmed.

How much will it cost?

If you are enrolled in a government school, the school will be billed, but there is no cost to you for TVET.

If you are enrolled in a non-government school, the school will be billed and the school will pass on part of the cost to you.

What TVET courses are available?

All the TVET courses, locations and types of delivery are in the course guide which can be downloaded from the TVET Introduction page.

A course will not be delivered if there are insufficient enrolments for the course to be viable.

How can I find out more?

For information about TVET courses, you can contact your school's career advisor or TVET/VET Co-ordinator or a TAFE Campus TVET Co-ordinator or refer to TAFE for secondary school students.

Will I get a TAFE certificate at the end of the course?

After completing the TVET course, you may receive two sets of credentials:

  1. The TVET course will be listed on your HSC, if the Board of Studies HSC requirements have been achieved.
  2. If the TAFE requirements have been achieved, you will receive either a statement of competencies achieved or, depending on the course, a Certificate I, II or III from TAFE.

How do I apply?

You apply through your school's career advisor or TVET/VET Co-ordinator using a TVET Expression of Interest form which must be signed by your parent or guardian and school respresentative.

TVET Expression of Interest

What are school based apprenticeships or traineeships?

School based apprenticeships or traineeships are a combination of school, part-time employment and vocational study. Students need to discuss school based apprenticeships or traineeships with their school's career's advisor.