Ready to apply?
Most applications for our courses are via the TAFE Admissions website.
Many of our courses will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures to be undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a mix of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken.
Ensure that you have entered your personal details correctly as we will respond to the email address that has been provided with requests for further evidence to support your application. You will be given an opportunity to create a login and save your progress, allowing you to return right up to applications close date to upload supporting documents and to change your course and campus preferences before finalising your application.
Before you apply
The instructions below are for applications to TAFE Admissions courses.
Search our courses and take note of the national and state code – you’ll need these later!
While you’re exploring, here’s some important items to check and note down before you apply.
- Full-time or part-time?
- What campus?
- On-campus, online with practical assessment on-campus or fully online study?
Many of our courses offer a range of study modes to suit your lifestyle. If you’re already working or have family commitments, it might be best to look for part time, online or a mix of online and on-campus study options. In some courses, it may be a requirement for you to have access to our facilities and equipment, or you may need your practical work to be supervised by our expert lecturers, so on-campus study may be required.
Our popular courses are known as ‘competitive’. This means that more applications are received every semester than we have places for.
Our TAFE Admissions team will rank applications received to make sure the most competitive candidates receive offers for places first. This means you will need to take time to pull together supporting materials such as your evidence of employment, volunteering or work experience, written references and previous study evidence to strengthen your application before applications close. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case your course is too popular – you may choose to apply for other courses along the study pathway as this will improve your chances of being offered a place to start your study.
Competitive course list
Applications for Semester 1 2022 applications are now open. To see if your preferred course and location is competitive, see the Semester 1 course list.
Many of our courses require WACE, achievement of OLNA/NAPLAN 9 Band 8, C grades in Year 10 Maths and English, or an equivalent Australian Qualification (AQF) to ensure you have the right skills to study. To find out what you need, check the course page Entry Requirements section that lists school leaver and non-school leaver literacy and numeracy standards, requirements by other organisations and any pre-requisites required before entry to the course.
If you don’t think you have the right skills or want to check, contact us on 1800 001 001. Our Admissions team can do a check of the paperwork you have and give you the best entry eligibility advice for your study pathway.
Are you choosing a qualification level that is right for you?
If you have past experience working with tools or software or have a solid understanding of the industry you wish to work in, you may be able to start in a higher-level qualification. You may need to start a pre-apprenticeship to get the safety skills on tools before beginning an apprenticeship, or you may find a Certificate II or III level gives you the confidence to succeed at study, before jumping into supervisory skills or building expertise in a Certificate IV or Diploma.
To find out what level suits you best, call 1800 001 001 and ask to be put in contact with a lecturer in the training area, who can talk to you about your skills and advise you of the best qualification level to ensure study success.
If you have significant work or life experience in a particular industry or field then Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) could be an option for you.
We offer RPL to students who can demonstrate they have the skills to satisfy the training requirements. We can assess your skills in your workplace or in a portfolio of evidence, then apply credit to your study plan, reducing the time and cost of your qualification.
This process takes time, so it’s a good idea to begin the RPL process early and have any credits applied to your study plan before you begin. If you’re short on time, begin your self-assessment for RPL anyway, but make sure you let us know before enrolling that you plan to apply for RPL against units in the qualification.
Is your course competitive?
Find out if the course you hope to apply for involves a competitive application process. Courses that are extremely popular can be classed as competitive when the number of applicants outweigh the number of places available. Applications are assessed and then ranked, with the top applicants receiving offers, then the next round of top ranked applicants are offered places, and then finally top ranked late applicants and so on until all places are filled.
To achieve the best ranking for your application, you will need to make it stand out from the crowd.
Have you planned your study pathway?
The best way to apply using TAFE Admissions is in using your preferences wisely. If you wish to study at Diploma level, you should also apply for the Certificate III or Certificate IV courses, or apply for another course that leads to your ideal study goal. That way if you miss out on the course of your dreams, you'll still be on the path to success.
Our website shows pathways by industry, allowing you to choose the courses that matter most by their links to others in the pathway. We also assist with study pathway planning.
Do you have the information you need?
The TAFE Admissions application process asks you to use your email address and date of birth to create a registered account you can use to return to manage your preferences and see an offer you have been made. You will need to supply your contact details, including email address, postal address and phone number. If you are a school leaver you will be asked for your SCSA number.
If you need assistance with your login, contact us.
Don't miss out. Applying for a popular course means you need to submit your application before the round close dates to have a chance at being offered a place.
See the dates for offer rounds on our Key Dates page.
If you are an Australian resident wishing to study at SM TAFE while living in Australian states and territories outside of Western Australia you will have your application referred to TAFE International WA for processing.
If you are offered a place of study, your fees will be higher as they are not subsidised by the WA State Government. If you are interested in studying with us and do live interstate we encourage you to enrol at your local training provider where possible.
Have you applied but want to change your course preferences?
If you haven't received an offer yet you can log in to TAS online up until the application close date to change your preference.
If you have received an offer but would like to change to a different course you can request to change your preferences using our webform.
Don't want to accept your offer?
If you change your mind and don't want to enrol in the course you have received an offer for please let us know, this will mean we are able to offer the place to someone else. Decline your offer using our webform.
Want to enrol in term 4 2021?
We have many courses starting anytime that use direct applications, so you can get a head start on 2022.