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We offer flexible learning to suit your lifestyle and pace, with many courses offered part-time across our 12 campuses.

Whether you want to study to receive accreditation in accounting or learn new skills to become a beauty therapist, there are many course options to choose from.

We also offer skill sets and short courses if you're short on time and just want to brush up on your skills, try something new or even gain a special licence, but be quick as places are limited.

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National ID: FNS60217
State ID: BDQ1
Industry Business and Finance
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Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Perfect your accounting skills with the Advanced Diploma of Accounting. The ideal start to an exciting accountancy career.

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If you enjoy accounting and mathematics, have an analytical mind and would like to work in the accounting profession, then our Advanced Diploma of Accounting is for you.

Our course is developed under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), in close consultation with and accredited by the Accounting industry’s professional bodies and has an excellent reputation for quality. You will be well on your way to a role as a registered tax agent or assistant accountant – the ideal start to an exciting accountancy career or an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Accounting for students who have not completed secondary schooling in Australia.

The units in this course meet the educational eligibility requirements for the following two skills sets with the Tax Practitioners Board: 

  • FNSSS00008 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set (Tax documentation) 
  • FNSSS00009 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set (Tax Plans)

Satisfactory completion of the Advanced Diploma of Accounting entitles you to join the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), one of the three peak accounting bodies representing accountants in Australia.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: MST40519
State ID: BEP8
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising

Start a creative career in fashion with the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. Learn the skills required to begin your career in the fashion industry.

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Do you want to work in the creative and energetic world of fashion?

The Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course immerses students in the ever-dynamic fashion industry. 

    See more on our award winning students and fashion facilities on facebook and instagram

    Certificate IV
    National ID: MST50119
    State ID: AB80
    Industry Creative Industries
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    Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business)

    Master your skills in fashion business with the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (Fashion Business). Learn about fashion forecasting and marketing and social media within the industry.

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    Are you one of the future fashionistas of our time? If you have an eye for style, a creative flair for visuals and a dream to work in the world of fashion, this advanced fashion business course will give you the job ready skills to make your mark in the industry. 

    SM TAFE has produced some of the most talented stylists, textile, clothing and visual merchandiser designers in Australia, and you can be guided by our expert team of lecturers who are fashion industry specialists, with strong employment connections to the local and international fashion scene. Learn creative business skills such as fashion forecasting and buying; visual merchandising and digital engagement; and marketing and social media.

    With your skillset you will graduate industry ready to work locally and overseas in fashion design, fashion production management, sourcing and buying, fashion event management, marketing and more – you could even own your label or become a social influencer in the fashion field.

    Take your creative expression to the next level and cultivate your career in fashion; this is your opportunity to join a fast-paced and timeless industry that can take you on an exciting journey on a local or global scale.

    To learn more about our award-winning students, fashion events and masterpieces, visit Fashion at SM TAFE on Facebook(opens in a new tab)  and Instagram(opens in a new tab) .

    Study in specialised facilities

    Fashion at Bentley campus has been Perth’s leading fashion design institution for over 50 years. With over 80 specialised industrial sewing machines and state-of-the-art digital equipment to master your skills, you can learn in simulated workplace design studios that represent a real-life work setting. Our courses also include live work design projects where students are involved in producing external design exhibits and Australia-wide fashion shows, meeting guest lecturers and industry excursions. 
    This course also includes an industry work placement which increases graduate employment outcomes and opportunities, and students can expect to gain employment in local, national and international fashion environments. 
     

    Diploma
    National ID: SFI20119
    State ID: BEI8
    Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
    Half price^

    Certificate II in Aquaculture

    Learn the core skills and knowledge in this introduction to the aquaculture industry. 

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    Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

    This qualification is the crucial first step towards an exciting career in aquaculture. This course provides students with a range of core skills and knowledge relevant to working in the aquaculture industry. Graduates go on to further studies or working in a range on environments including onshore aquaculture facilities, offshore culture facilities and the ornamental fish industry.

    Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report in 2018 stating that ‘aquaculture is fastest growing food production sector worldwide’. Typical entry-level jobs for those holding Certificate II include:

    • Australian and overseas aquaculture farms
    • hatcheries and nurseries   
    • live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or 
    • transporters, pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals 

    Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle

    Fremantle campus features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities. Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

    Certificate II
    National ID: AHC30820
    State ID: AC64
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

    Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing Arborist)

    Gain the skills and knowledge to work in the arboriculture industry. Learn how to identify and prune trees and safely use arboriculture equipment. 

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    Branch out with a Certificate III in Arboriculture and combine your love of the outdoors with a fascinating career as an arborist.

    Gain a range of knowledge and skills to undertake arboriculture related work, and use this qualification as a pathway for further learning required to become an arborist. You will cover both ground-based work and working at heights.

    Certificate III
    National ID: 52851WA
    State ID: BGO91
    Industry Engineering and Mining
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations

    Become an automation operations controller with emerging technologies skills.

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    Do you want to become an engineering specialist in the well-paid field of automation, which is rapidly on the rise across the industries?

    As leaders in the sector of implementing automated technology, SM TAFE was proud to launch this course as the very first of its kind in Australia, to ensure students are job ready for employment in remote operations centres and skilled in the latest advancements. The qualification was launched in partnership with Rio Tinto and the Western Australian government and is designed to give students the skills to work at some of Australia’s top tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto’s Remote Operations Centre in Perth. 

    Industry 4.0 is known as the fourth industrial revolution and the next stage in manufacturing, whilst autonomous technology allows tasks to be performed without the control of a human. Automating processes is just one of the Industry 4.0 trends boosting the efficiency of organisations and you can be part of the curve as you ensure your path to a job of the future. 

    Be guided and supported by our expert team of lecturers as you gain skills in working with our simulated remote operations centre – you’ll learn how to operate the equipment and software that control automation processes.

    SM TAFE has key industry connections which give students strong employability opportunities and your in-demand skillset can lead to jobs in resources, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, automobiles and transportation. 
     

    Certificate IV
    National ID: CPC50220
    State ID: BGE4
    Industry Building and Construction
    Half price^

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

    Up-skill in the building industry by learning how to manage a construction site or become a registered building practitioner. 

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    Do you want to build a career from the foundations up to the ridge flashing?

    When you complete the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) you will be ready for a career as a construction site manager, or (with additional experience) registered building practitioner.

    This course covers the academic requirement for registration as a builder with Building Services Board.

    Diploma
    National ID: RII50520
    State ID: BGK7
    Industry Engineering and Mining
    Half price^
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    Diploma of Civil Construction Design

    Gain the skills to work as a civil construction designer to support engineers. Learn how to develop site specific work designs.

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    The Diploma of Civil Construction Design prepares you for working as a designer or design para-professional who supports professional engineers. This national qualification in civil construction design provides the skills and knowledge to work on projects ranging from building structures to road design and construction management to a basic understanding of civil materials and engineering behind it. The success of our graduates is seen in their capacity to be employed the moment they graduate, and many employers find their advanced technological skills are transferable to work in related fields.

    Civil construction design involves a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques for themselves and others. They are required to develop site specific work designs to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills.

    The course content has been designed and selected as recommended and supported by industry to ensure graduates have a strong understanding of Australian standards, business practices, national codes and guidelines. 

    Flexible delivery

    For those of you already working in the industry, this course is delivered full time as well as part time, along with flexible learning delivery modes to support full-time workers. Evening delivery will support people unable to attend day classes to obtain a Civil Engineering Diploma qualification, in order to enhance career ambitions and to build and update your knowledge and skills in this rapidly changing industry.

    Diploma
    National ID: CHC52015
    State ID: AWM0
    Industry Education and Community Services
    Half price^
    Online
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    Diploma of Community Services

    Become a team leader, program coordinator, or case manager in the community services industry.


    Do you want to make a real difference?

    When you complete the Diploma of Community Services you'll be on your way to a team leading career as a program coordinator, early intervention worker, or case manager. Working in Community Services is diverse and includes identifying support needed, and assisting to resolve personal issues by assigning resources that meet clients' needs. 

    The actual units studied and the associated fees may vary depending on the campus you apply for. 

    Formalise your skills as an existing worker in community services

    If you’re working in the community services industry, our Bentley workshop-style course will allow you to gain this qualification after hours at Bentley campus. Look for the part time study option below to apply.

    Want to find out more about this industry?

    Students in community services benefit from sharing information about organisations, initiatives and leading expertise in our Community Services Facebook page.

    Community Services at SM TAFE Facebook page

    Diploma
    National ID: AHC40920
    State ID: BGH6
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

    Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

    This course will prepare you for a career in conservation work, parks and wildlife, or regeneration work.

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    When you complete the Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management you develop post-trade skills and a broad knowledge of the industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in conservation and ecosystem management.

    Learn in specialist facilities

    South Metropolitan TAFE's Murdoch Campus has extensive horticulture facilities, including large work sheds and sheltered nursery areas. The large grounds area surrounding Murdoch Campus also provides ample practice areas for students.

    Certificate IV
    National ID: 22484VIC
    State ID: BEI22
    Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

    Certificate I in EAL (Access)

    Improve your English skills for further training and/ or employment.


    Improve your English skills with this course.

    For almost everything you do in Australia, you need to understand, speak, read and write English. If you have done your ESL entry course, or have picked up some English along the way, and want to build on it, this course will help towards further study or getting a good job.

    If you like the look of this course but aren't sure if it's right for you, express your interest using the button below and our Program Manager will contact you to talk through your study goals.

    Express your interest

    Certificate I
    National ID: 22485VIC
    State ID: BEI15
    Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

    Certificate II in EAL (Access)

    Improve your English skills for further training and/ or employment.


    Improve your English skills

    When you finish the Certificate II in EAL (Access) you will be able to use English every day with confidence.

    Gain these skills:

    • take part in informal conversations
    • read and write informative advice
    • understand and respond to written and spoken information
    • understand the news
    • use the internet safely

    You will be enrolled in the correct level based on your English knowledge.

    EAL = English as an Additional Language.

    If you like the look of this course but aren't sure if it's right for you, express your interest using the button below and our Program Manager will contact you to talk through your study goals.

    Express your interest

    Certificate II
    National ID: 22486VIC
    State ID: BEI18
    Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

    Certificate III in EAL (Access)

    Complete this course and you'll be able to use English every day with confidence.


    Do you speak a language at home which isn't English?

    When you finish the Certificate III in EAL (Access) you will be able to use English every day with confidence.

    You will learn to

    • take part in informal conversations
    • read and write
    • understand and respond to written and spoken information
    • understand the news
    • use the internet safely

    You will be enrolled in the correct level based on your English knowledge.

    EAL = English as an Additional Language.

    If you like the look of this course but aren't sure if it's right for you, express your interest using the button below.  Our Program Manager will contact you to discuss your study goals.

    Express your interest

    Certificate III
    National ID: CHC30121
    State ID: BGY3
    Industry Education and Community Services
    Free in 2023

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Study our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course if you have a passion for the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years.


    Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding sector for those with a passion for the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years. The sector is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

    90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

    Certificate III
    National ID: CHC50121
    State ID: BGY6
    Industry Education and Community Services
    Free in 2023
    VET Student Loans (VSL)

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

    An expanding sector for those with a passion for the care and education of children up to the age of five.


    The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care covers educators in children's services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

     

    Diploma
    National ID: MEM40119
    State ID: AD18
    Industry Engineering and Mining
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in Engineering (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning)

    Prepare for work with today’s computer controlled HVAC systems. Fully install commission and optimise a VAV-AHU (using the BMS).

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    Are you looking to turn your air-conditioning career up a notch?

    The Certificate IV in Engineering (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) will prepare you for work with today’s computer controlled HVAC systems. Subjects covered will include: AHU’s, VAV’s, Chillers, Cooling Towers and ancillary equipment. Learn your way around a BMS system. You will, air balance, water balance as well as; fully install commission and optimise a VAV-AHU (using the BMS).

    Learn to commission in hands-on sessions with experienced commissioning technicians. This course is delivered 90% via online and 10% on campus (evening). The theory part of the course will be online via pre-recorded videos and live online sessions. All practicals will be on-campus. Flexibility will be our guiding principle – the online component is self-paced; on-campus sessions will run throughout the Semester at your request. Come to TAFE when it suits you!

    When you have completed the Certificate IV – you only need to complete 5 Units (some maths and some reporting) and you qualify for an Advanced Trade Diploma.

    Specialist facilities on campus

    South Metropolitan TAFE's refrigeration and air conditioning facility is Western Australia's premier centre for refrigeration, air conditioning, and associated studies. The purpose-built facility is among the best in the southern hemisphere.

    For those already working in industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. To find out if you're eligible, visit the RPL page.

    Certificate IV
    National ID: SFL30115
    State ID: AWP2
    Industry Creative Industries

    Certificate III in Floristry

    With this floristry qualification you'll be a leader in floral design work.

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    Are you ready for your career to bloom?

    Do you have creative flair and an eye for detail? This floristry qualification will set you on the path to becoming a 'budding' leader in floral design work. 

    We teach you more than just about the flowers, once you have mastered the basic commercial skills, we show you how to execute custom-made, cutting-edge, large and small scale design briefs. 

    Our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience, a passion for flowers and offer a supportive training environment for you to gain a National Qualification, and expose you to the exciting  industry of professional floristry.

    Murdoch has new, specialised facilities dedicated to creative art and design.

    To see some of the incredible work created by our floristry students and lecturers visit our Floristry Facebook page @floristrysmtafe

    90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

    Certificate III
    National ID: AHC30716
    State ID: BDF1
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
    Half price^

    Certificate III in Horticulture

    Work with plants as school or council gardener, groundskeeper, or self-employed landscaper.

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    When you complete the Certificate III in Horticulture you will be ready for a career working with plants as school or council gardener, groundskeeper, or self-employed landscaper. Whether you are an avid home gardener interested in plants, and/or sustainability and the environment, this course is for you!

    Unearth your inner green thumb and establish your career in Horticulture with lecturers who are experts in the industry.

    Certificate III
    National ID: AHC50416
    State ID: BDD0
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
    Half price^
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    Diploma of Horticulture

    This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of horticulture occupations at a management level.

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    This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of occupations at a management level. Employment prospects exist in local government, state government, nursery and turf, floriculture, gardening and the landscape industry.

     

    Diploma
    National ID: 52881WA
    State ID: BGR14
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

    Certificate IV in Landscape Design

    This diploma-pathway course gives you the skills and knowledge needed to work as a landscape designer.

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    Do you want to become a professional designer of dream garden areas and watch your work bring life to outdoor spaces? Pursue a career in the horticulture and gardening industries and become a qualified Landscape Designer. 

    A landscape design is like a floor plan for an outdoor area, focusing on the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. 

    In this course you will learn hands-on skills to design residential, public and commercial landscape projects. Be guided by expert professionals on how to prepare landscape drawings and layouts and create well-designed and attractive outdoor spaces to meet client briefs.

    You can work completing specialised garden makeovers for homes or renovating new landscapes for companies, managing the layout of grassed areas and choosing plants and flowers as well as stones, decking and water features to best showcase the area. 

    Become a horticultural expert and plant the seeds for your career in landscape design. 

    Study in specialist facilities 

    Murdoch campus has a dedicated Murdoch Student Garden Centre, which is a centre of excellence in horticulture that is pivotal to student's learning for service delivery. Facilities include extensive garden spaces for design practice, computer labs with contemporary design software and dedicated sheltered nursery areas which propagate natives, herbs and some exotic plants suitable to WA’s climate. Students can learn through application of hands-on skills in an environment that reflects current industry practices and simulates a real-life workplace experiences.  

    Certificate IV
    National ID: PMA20116
    State ID: BAN1
    Industry Engineering and Mining
    Half price^

    Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

    Learn the fundamentals of process plant operations by completing this entry-level course.

    Delivered at:


    Kick start your career in process plant operations

    Our Certificate II in Process Plant Operations offers students exposure to the fundamentals of process plant operations. You will learn to use and operate production equipment to directly produce particular materials and substances. 

    This course forms part of the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Oil Refining Training Package (PMA16) and offers a number of specialist unit streams. It is typically used to prepare new employees or develop existing workers performing an operational role in the following chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

    Specialist facilities at Munster Campus 

    Students study this course at our state-of-the-art engineering building at Munster campus, featuring a real-life operating plant, an attached control room and technical engineering workshop rooms. 

    Certificate II
    National ID: BSB50820
    State ID: BFT0
    Industry Business and Finance
    Half price^
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    Diploma of Project Management

    Manage projects from start to finish with this industry-relevant diploma.

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    When you complete the Diploma of Project Management you will be looking at a career as a contract coordinator, project manager, quality administrator or risk management professional.

    Completion of the Diploma of Project Management opens up a range of further study options and it may provide advanced standing towards a university degree.

    This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area.

    Diploma
    National ID: CHC40221
    State ID: BGY4
    Industry Education and Community Services
    Free in 2023

    Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

    Become an education assistant and provide care, instruction and supervision in kindergarten, primary and secondary school.


    Do you have a passion for working with children and supporting their individual needs?

    Want a career that fits in with your family life? Training to be an Education Assistant is the course for you.

    The Certificate IV in School Based Education Support will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist the teaching staff in schools and provide care, instruction and supervision in kindergarten, pre-primary, primary and secondary school.

    Certificate IV
    National ID: UEE20120
    State ID: BFP0
    Industry Engineering and Mining

    Certificate II in Split Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

    Study at WA's premier centre for refrigeration and air-conditioning by becoming an air-conditioner or split-system installer.

    Delivered at:


    Do you want a career bringing comfort into the home?

    When you complete this Certificate II in Split Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Systems you'll be what employers are looking for as a split system installer or air-conditioner installer.

    South Metropolitan TAFE's refrigeration and air conditioning facility is Western Australia's premier centre for refrigeration, air conditioning, and associated studies. The purpose-built facility is among the best in the southern hemisphere.

    Certificate II
    National ID: CPP30119
    State ID: BEX4
    Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

    Certificate III in Urban Pest Management

    Obtain the skills to apply for a full pest management license by completing this course aimed at existing workers.

    Delivered at:


    Do you have what it takes to offer the best in urban pest management?

    This qualification will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to apply pesticides and carry out appropriate pest management treatments for domestic and commercial properties.

    This course is for existing workers who are currently and actively employed in the Urban Pest Management industry. It will provide you with the skills to apply for a full pest management license.

    Certificate III
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