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In 2019, 85.6% of VET graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training (VET student outcomes 2019, NCVER).

There are many paths in life, create your own way

After completing a TAFE qualification many of our students progress to a university degree. 

Advantages of a TAFE pathway:

  • Start an industry focused pathway to further study 
  • Gain practical skills and work experience to complement your degree
  • Apply for a part-time job in the industry while you study 
  • Reduce your study load, qualification length, and fees when you enrol into your degree

Give your job search or career a boost

Many of our students start at TAFE after they have completed a degree at university. Giving them an edge over key competitors when applying for a job or future promotion. 

You can graduate with two qualifications!

We can assess your previous studies under our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)(opens in a new tab) process, so you can fast track your TAFE qualification.

Credit or advanced standing

We have strong partnerships with all WA universities to enable our graduates to advance to university after graduation SM TAFE diplomas.

Make your SM TAFE to uni pathway shorter when studying full-time. Find out more on the Business and Finance pathways to Murdoch University page.

Credit for study at SM TAFE is available across a range of diplomas and advanced diplomas. Browse the list below and look for the further study tab where numbers of credits are detailed for each degree.

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.

Gain these skills:

  • support clients with regular monitoring
  • analysis
  • preparation of documents
  • reports
  • accounts
  • give financial advice

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.

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

Advanced Diploma
National ID: FNS50217
State ID: BDP8
Industry Business and Finance
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Diploma of Accounting

Hone your accounting skills with the Diploma of Accounting. Learn to manage accounting reporting, taxation and control procedures.


Acquire the specific accounting techniques that will become the tools of your trade. The Diploma of Accounting will build on your knowledge gained at the Certificate IV level, and will prepare you for accounting positions within larger corporate organisations and growing companies. You will gain a more detailed understanding of day-to-day accounting work through practical training in operational activities.

Completion of the Diploma of Accounting, with passes in prescribed taxation units, satisfies some of the academic requirements for registration as a tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

Gain these skills

  • prepare income tax returns
  • manage budgets and forecasts
  • prepare financial reports
  • implement and maintain internal control procedures
  • provide management accounting information

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

Diploma
National ID: CHC52015
State ID: AWM0
Industry Education and Community Services
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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. 

Gain these skills

  • develop and manage community programs
  • promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • respond to critical situations
  • manage service delivery
  • develop policy and research
  • coordinate volunteers
  • develop and maintain professional networks
  • work with cultural diversity
  • ethical behaviour 
  • legal responsibilities

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: 22492VIC
State ID: BEI20
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

A transitional English course for those wanting to study at diploma or university level.


Do you speak another language at home (not English)?

The Certificate IV in EAL (English as an Additional Language)  - Further Study will prepare you for a wide range of study including Diploma and university (Murdoch University).

This course meets appropriate entry requirements into Murdoch University undergraduate degrees with minimum entry of IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

Gain these skills:

  • academic discussions
  • reading and understanding textbooks
  • research and analytical skills
  • oral and written presentation of information
  • to understand and respond to written and spoken information.

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 IV
National ID: MEM60112
State ID: J368
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^
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Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Secure a future as an engineering technician, detailed drafter, or maintenance technician.

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Are you ready for a technically advanced engineering career?

Redefine your engineering future with the Advanced Diploma of Engineering. Develop specialised technical skills to step towards a future as an engineering technician, detailed drafter, or maintenance technician. Learn in an advanced training facility with industry-standard equipment and technology, to ensure that you graduate job-ready. 

Gain these skills

  • carry out mechanical engineering drafting and design
  • analytical work involving manufacturing and fabrication techniques
  • understand the application of engineering principles, systems, and processes
  • draw and design mechanical equipment
  • maintain mechanical systems
  • workplace health and safety

Graduates are typically employed in areas such as computer aided design and drafting, process plant drafting and design, machine drafting and design, air conditioning drafting and design, shipbuilding drafting and design, plant maintenance supervision (building on a trade background), and other general engineering and technical positions.

Completion of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering opens up a range of further study options, and may produce advanced standing towards a university degree.

Specialist applied engineering facility at Munster campus

Students study this course at our state-of-the-art Applied Engineering building at Munster campus, featuring mechatronics labs and technical engineering workshop rooms. In our courses, you'll have access to modern equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, civil engineering compression labs to name just a few.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: SIT50316
State ID: AZU4
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
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Diploma of Event Management

Work as an events organiser or functions coordinator in the community, cultural, hospitality, sporting, and tourism sectors.

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Do you want an eventful career?

When you complete the Diploma of Event Management you will be able to work as an events/conference organiser or functions coordinator in the community, cultural, hospitality, sporting, and tourism sectors.

Gain these skills

  • coordinating a diverse team
  • risk management
  • contingency planning
  • project management
  • work with sponsors
  • coordinating on-site operations
  • manage finances and budgets
  • workplace health and safety
Diploma
National ID: SIT60316
State ID: AZV5
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Half price in 2022
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Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management

Be able to work anywhere as an operations manager, food and beverage manager, or front office manager.

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Do you want a management career that could take you all over the world?

When you complete the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management you will be able to work anywhere as an operations manager, food and beverage manager, or front office manager.

Gain these skills:

  • lead a diverse team
  • financial management
  • regulatory compliance
  • recruiting and inducting staff
  • managing assets
  • managing staff performance
  • coordinating in-house events
  • workplace health and safety
Advanced Diploma
National ID: SIT50416
State ID: AZW2
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Half price in 2022
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Diploma of Hospitality Management

An exciting management career that will take you all over the world.

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Do you want a management career that could take you all over the world?

When you complete the Diploma of Hospitality Management you will be able to work as a functions manager, restaurant manager, or front office manager.

Gain these skills:

  • lead a diverse team
  • financial management
  • regulatory compliance
  • rostering
  • stock purchasing and control
  • providing quality customer service
  • managing workplace conflict
  • workplace health and safety
Diploma
National ID: ICT50220
State ID: AC20
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
Half price^
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Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)

Take a step towards an industry with high job prospects! Gain in-demand networking skills and valuable industry experience.


Embark into the rewarding industry of IT networking

Take a step towards an industry with great job prospects!  Gain in-demand networking skills and acquire valuable experience in current industry standards with the Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking).  

Gain these skills

  • manage complex networks
  • develop Cloud Architect skills
  • apply advanced Cisco routing and switching 
  • implement Advanced Virtualisation
  • monitor and implement system security 
  • administer authentication and encryption technologies

All Diploma level studies include: cyber security awareness, working in teams, client management skills, and ethics and privacy.

This course is not available to study by applicants outside of WA. 

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

Specialist facilities on-campus

Our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) provides a secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. The TCSOC provides a multi-campus centre based in Murdoch with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses in order for all IT students to experience this leading edge training.

The Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology and creative media. We provide pathways from foundation studies to advanced diploma with specialist training in cyber securitynetworking, programming and digital media.

Students who complete the Certificate IV Information Technology (Networking) can progress to this course and complete in one semester, full time, due to an overlap in units. Other students will require two semesters to complete the diploma. 

Diploma
National ID: ICT50220
State ID: AC21
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
Half price^
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Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Programming)

Gain advanced knowledge and valuable experience in an industry- standard learning environment with the latest technology.


Step into a software development career! 

Go beyond programming and take a step towards a lasting career in software development. Gain advanced knowledge and valuable experience in an industry- standard learning environment with the latest technology.

Gain these skills:

  • develop complex business applications
  • gain advanced knowledge of Java, C#, Python
  • design and develop SQL and noSQL databases
  • use Agile development techniques

All Diploma level studies include: cyber security awareness, working in teams, client management skills, and ethics and privacy.

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

This course is not available to study by applicants outside of WA. 

With South Metro TAFE partnering with Oracle and Microsoft, we can ensure the latest software and technology is included in this course.

Specialist facilities on-campus

The Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology and creative media. We provide pathways from foundation studies to advanced diploma with specialist training in cyber securitynetworking, programming and digital media.

Students who complete the Certificate IV Information Technology (Programming) can progress to this course and complete in one semester, full time, due to an overlap in units. Other students will require two semesters to complete the diploma. 

Diploma
National ID: MAR60120
State ID: AC38
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Half price^
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Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) (Engineer Class 1 (Motor))

Become a Class 1 Engineer in the Maritime Industry.

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This qualification is suitable for people who work as an Engineer Class 1 in the maritime industry on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area. This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as an Engineer Class 1 as described in Marine Orders 70-73 (2014) under the Navigation Act 2012. People seeking certification should check requirements with AMSA.

Required short courses: 

  • Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
Advanced Diploma
National ID: MAR60220
State ID: BFW9
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Half price^
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Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Become a fully-qualified master, chief mate or deck watchkeeper on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.

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This certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Master, Chief mate or Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.

Holding a Watchkeeper deck or Master less than 500 GT certificate of competency may allow you to receive up to 15 units credit or recognition of prior learning with continued sea service and competencies. This may potentially reduce the duration of the course up to 14 weeks.

This qualification runs for a duration between 27 and 40 weeks. 

Advanced Diploma
National ID: HLT54115
State ID: AYZ3
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Half price^
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Diploma of Nursing

Become an enrolled nurse today and make a difference in a range of healthcare settings. Train in a simulated hospital ward with state-of-the-art medical equipment.

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Future proof your career by joining one of the most in demand professions- nursing!

As an enrolled nurse you can make a difference in a range of health care settings including hospitals, health clinics, community organisations or residential care. 

You will train in our simulated hospital ward with state-of-the-art medical equipment.  This Diploma will teach you how to be an Enrolled nurse by providing skills and knowledge in human biology, chemistry, medical terminology, medicines and how to deal with a range of people from different backgrounds.

You'll gain skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

Gain these skills:

  • assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing
  • understand anatomy and physiology
  • understand and implement infection control
  • provide nursing care for the client
  • understand legal and ethical parameters
  • promote positive health
  • understand health issues of Indigenous Australians
  • contribute to the nutritional and mental health care of the clients

On completion of the Diploma of Nursing you can gain employment in the health industry. 

Entry to the Diploma of Nursing is very competitive. It is recommended that you discuss your application with a career development adviser. As part of an application for this course you will be required to sit and pass a 2 hour test on literacy and numeracy.

Diploma
National ID: PMA60116
State ID: BAM9
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^
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Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology

This is an advanced qualification for those looking to go to university or advance their career standing in the exciting resources industry.

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The Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology PMA60116 is an advanced qualification for industry professionals looking to progress through to university studies and/or advance their career standing.

For industry professionals looking to advance their career, the Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology is a technical qualification for para-professionals who undertake technical projects such as plant modifications, energy and mass balances, risk management & safety cases either individually or as part of a project team where they have a significant technical role. They may have worked their way up through the process plant operation/technology certificate and diploma qualifications or may have entered the industry at this level, either from another industry or trade occupation.

Gain these skills:

  • Determine energy & mass transfer loads
  • Plant shutdown 
  • Equipment performance
  • Improvements to process capability
  • Processing and recording information
  • Safe work practices

Career outcomes within the oil & gas industry include Person in Charge (PIC) and Offshore Installation Manager (OIM), while other roles in the resource sector include Superintendent, Advanced Engineering Tradesperson, Project Analyst, Project Coordinator and more.

The course is competency-based, which requires those undertaking the training to prove competence either by face to face learning or by completing practical assessments in the work place, as well as showing theoretical competence.

Specialised facility 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. 

Advanced Diploma
National ID: 10730NAT
State ID: BEI03
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study

On completion of this qualification your English skills will be suitable for studying a Diploma or entering University studies.

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Are you new to Australia?

When you finish the Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study, your English skills will be suitable for studying a Diploma or entering Murdoch or Curtin University.

The Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English for Further Study  meets appropriate entry requirements into Murdoch University undergraduate degrees with minimum entry of IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.  

You will learn:

  • persuasive writing
  • writing scientific reports
  • spoken and written presentations
  • listening and writing notes
  • learning strategies.

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

Please note Carlisle campus classes are held Tuesday nights only.

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 IV
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