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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. South Metropolitan TAFE accredits all of our award courses which are then registered with Training.gov.au to obtain national status. All of our accredited courses are therefore nationally recognised. 

"Course in"

This type of qualification can be at a study level that is below the standards required for Certificate I, or is suited to students gaining registration in an industry.

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 courses involve up to two years full-time study or equivalent part-time study. 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. Graduates also have excellent chances of using their diploma study as credit towards university. For more information about uni pathways, visit our university pathways page.

Many South Metropolitan TAFE diplomas are eligible for VET Student Loans, to help students pay for their study. For further information visit our VET Student Loans page.

Advanced Diploma

The advanced diploma takes your study towards expert level with specialist skills beyond the diploma. Often this sets up graduates as being able to apply for supervisor or manager roles in their chosen field.

Similar to diplomas, many advanced diplomas are eligible for a student loan. For further information visit our VET Student Loans page.

Page last updated May 17, 2019