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TAFE qualifications

Our award courses are in line with the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF). The AQTF establishes standard titles and levels for courses across Australia. Central accredits all of our award courses which are then registered with the National Training Information Service (NTIS) to obtain national status.

All of our accredited courses are therefore nationally recognised. 

Certificate I

This first level of qualification covers training in some basic skills and routine tasks. ​

Certificate II

You will move on to acquire operational knowledge in skill areas where you can apply solutions to predictable problems.

Certificate III

You will learn additional theoretical knowledge and develop higher skills for solving a variety of problems. A person with this qualification would be able to use discretion and judgement in interpreting information and applying skills.

Certificate IV

At this level you are developing a broad knowledge base. You learn to analyse and evaluate information and to apply the knowledge and skills to a wide variety of contexts. With this qualification you could be expected to take limited responsibility for the work of other people. The duration of the Certificate IV is usually one year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Diploma - VET

VET Diploma courses involve up to two years full-time study or equivalent part-time study. The Diploma is about the same level as the older Associate Diploma. At this level, you are given broad theoretical knowledge and/or technical and creative skills at substantial depth. Analysis, judgement and planning are involved across a broad range of technical and/or management situations.

Graduates at this level could be expected to work autonomously in complex technical operations or to coordinate their own work or the work of others.

Associate Degree

South Metropolitan TAFE offers a range of higher education courses including fashion, business, information technology and aviation, often with clear uni pathways. One year of full time study is equivalent to a Diploma or two years full time study is the duration for an Associate Degree. For more information visit the Higher Education page.

Page last updated December 12, 2016