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Applications for Semester 1 2021 are now open!

There's more than 400 courses in dozens of exciting study pathways for you to begin or revisit your career journey.

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.


Applications for round 1 offers close Friday 4 December 2020 and round 2 closes Tuesday 5 January 2021.   

If you need assistance, or need help finding the best course for you, call our friendly course information team on 1800 001 001 or email us at


Semester 1, 2021 starts on Monday 1 February, 2021.

Now is the time to build your study pathway, or prepare your competitive application! 

For more on the competitive process, see our Semester 1, 2021 section below and read all about 'popular courses'. For tips from our Student Prospect Advisors, read our article 'How to make your competitive application stand out'.


How to apply for Semester 1 2021 courses 

Applications are now open

Use the purple button below to go straight to our TAFE Admissions website, where most of our semester start courses are listed for application. Make sure you have gathered all the documentation you need - they must be true and genuine documents of your academic and work history to date. Penalties will apply for false or misleading information.
(Please note: not all courses are available via TAFE Admissions. Use the course pages instructions under the 'Delivery location, important dates and study options' heading to find out if your favourite course has a different application method.)

Need to know more first?

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.

  1. Will you study full time or part time? At what campus? Are you considering flexible study arrangements or 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, look for part time, online or flexible study options. In some courses, it may be a requirement for you to have access to our specialist facilities and equipment, or you may need your work to be supervised by our expert lecturers, and so on-campus study may be required.

    (If you wish to arrange an employment contract and become an apprentice or trainee, please see our application information in the section ‘How to apply for Apprenticeships or Traineeships’) 

  2. Do you have the eligibility requirements for the course? 

    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. 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.

  3. Are you choosing a qualification level that is right for you?

    Most of our courses use incremental learning to build the knowledge you need to be work ready. 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.

  4. Are you applying for a popular course?

    Our popular courses are known as ‘competitive’. This means that more applications are received every semester than we have places for. 

    Our TAFE Admissions teams will rank applications received to ensure 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 ‘bolster’ your application before applications close. It’s also a good idea to have a plan B in case competition for course places is fierce – you may choose to apply for many courses along the study pathway as additional preferences to broaden your potential to be offered a place to start your study. The Semester 1  course list is available on the purple button below - see the 'Competitive' column for our popular courses.

    To find out how to enhance your application, visit our blog article “How to make your TAFE application stand out”.

  5. Do you have prior experience that may be used as credit towards your new study?

    At South Metropolitan TAFE, we offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to students who can demonstrate they have the skills to satisfy the training package requirements. This means that 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 for 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.

  6. Study during COVID-19 pandemic 

    Students should be aware that courses may include a mix of online and classroom based training delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. The precise mix will vary from course to course. Adjustments to the time, place and method of delivery may be needed from time to time to ensure social distancing and safe training delivery for staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes will not be grounds for a full refund. SM TAFE will provide students with adequate support to work in online environments where necessary, including for any temporary and minor adjustments to course delivery.


Please note: Our aviation pilot courses (National codes AVI50219 and AVI50319) are not able to use the TAFE Admissions system for applications. They have earlier application dates and use a different application form. Applications for Semester 1, 2021 open soon.

Think you are ready to apply?

If you’re considering studying a course on our website that is full time or part time, and have completed steps 1 to 5 above, use our online application tool available on the purple button below. Applications received after 19 January, 2021 will be considered as expressions of interest for any remaining places after round 1 and 2 offers have expired.

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, contact us on 1800 001 001 or email


How to apply for English, Languages and Foundation Studies courses

All English, Languages and Foundation Studies are through ‘local application’ only, which means you apply directly to our staff. 

To find out more about our English, Languages and Foundation Studies enrolments, entry requirements and for help with the best course to suit you, visit the Foundation Skills, Access and English programs form or call us on 1800 001 001 for more information.

How to apply for online, self-paced and start anytime courses

We have many courses available to study 'self paced', which can be online or flexible, can start anytime and allow you to study at a pace to suit your lifestyle. 

To apply, find the course on our website and look for 'All year round' and ‘self paced’ in the 'Delivery location, important dates and study options' section. Take note of the units to be studied.

Then, click on the link where it says 'Get started'. You will be directed to an online form to start your expression of interest in studying the course. A staff member in the training will contact you to offer you an information pack and work through your skill level and eligibility for the course. Our staff will help you build a study plan that takes into account the speed at which you want to study and your study confidence level. This chat will progress into an orientation discussion to help you understand the requirements of the course, including any employment requirements and RPL or credit transfers. Finally, our staff will provide details on how to enrol and when you can start study.

How to apply for apprenticeships or traineeships

If you would like to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship with SM TAFE, you should start with assistance from our Jobs and Skills Centres at Rockingham, Thornlie and Mandurah campuses. They can help you work out what apprenticeship is right for you, and provide advice on finding an employer and in registering you as an apprentice or trainee.

For more information visit

How to apply for VET study while attending secondary school
If you would like to study at SM TAFE as part of your high school studies, your parents should discuss your options with your school VET coordinator.
We accept applications for VET delivered to secondary students using a different online form to allow parent/guardian and school correspondence, and with application dates between July and September each year for the following year’s programs. Information about programs and how to apply can be found on our Still at School page.
How to apply for study from other States and Territories in Australia

Applicants wishing to study while residing in Australian states and territories other than Western Australia will have their enrolments referred to TAFE International WA for processing and should note that if offered a place of study, fees will be higher as they are not subsidised by the WA State Government. Prospective Australian resident interstate students are encouraged to enrol at their local providers where possible.

Applied but have not received an offer?

For more information about important dates for 2021, visit key dates.

Before you can enrol for a full time course, you must have received an offer to the email address you applied with. 

Competitive (popular) courses

If you have applied for a competitive course and your application is deemed eligible and most competitive, your offer will be released at the same time as all offers for the same course on 7 January 2021.

You will need to finalise your enrolment and arrange payment by the expiry date listed on your offer letter or risk wasting your offer. 

Non-competitive courses

All non-competitive courses will release offers throughout the application period to eligible students, so applying early means you will be allocated a place in a course early. Offers will continue to be released right up to term start, and when classes are full, there may be additional classes made available, subject to room availability.

Received an offer? What to do next

If you have an offer, congratulations! Your eligibility for the course has been checked and a place has been allocated to you in a course.

Check your offer correspondence as it has some key information:

  • Your enrolment instructions
  • Payment options to finalise your enrolment
  • The course you have been made an offer for
  • What you need to do before enrolment

Before you enrol

There are a few steps to getting ready for enrolment:

Step 1: Get a USI (Unique Student Number). Getting a USI, or retrieving your USI is easy. Visit to start. 
Step 2: Check your indicative fee. Visit our Fees and Options page for our indicative fees list. While you’re there, check out our payment options.
Step 3: Check you don’t already have a debt with us. If you do, you will need to pay your debt before you can enrol. If you wish, you can pay both your debt and pay for your new enrolment at the same time. You cannot enter into a payment plan for an outstanding debt, it must be paid in full. Call us on 1800 001 001 or visit a customer service counter to check if you suspect you may have an outstanding debt.
Step 4: Prepare your paperwork for enrolment. Your offer letter with your TAS ID will be the best place to start, but at a minimum, you should gather your concession or Centrelink card, passport as evidence of your Australian residency, and if you’re under 18 years of age, your proof of age card. For more information about evidence required please see our evidence requirements page
Step 5: Prepare your financial information. If you choose to pay in full, you’ll need a credit card. If you choose to pay by instalments, you’ll need your bank details. If you choose to apply for a VET Student Loan, you’ll need to prove your eligibility. If you’re under 18 years of age and wish to enter into a payment plan, you’ll need your parent or guardian to counter sign your payment plan agreement. To find out if you are eligible for a Student Loan and how to prove this, visit our Student Loans page. To find out more about our payment options, visit our Fees and Payment Options page.
Step 6: Read the enrolment terms and conditions. It’s important you understand your rights and responsibilities before you commit to study with us, including your financial obligations.  Full refunds are not available if you change your mind after enrolling. To find out about our policies and by-laws, visit our Forms, Policies and Fact Sheets page. Information on our withdrawals and refund conditions can be found on our Withdrawals and Refunds page.

After you’ve completed all 6 steps, you are ready to enrol! 

How to enrol

Get ready to enrol to secure your place!  

Enrolling is easy! All you have to do is follow the simple steps detailed below to secure your place.

1. Get ready to enrol by submitting your evidence to us via our 'get ready to enrol' webform

Our webform form will take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete and will require you to upload the following evidence. For more information about evidence required, download our 'Get ready to enrol' checklist (120 KB) (PDF document). Please note you will need to have a TAS number to submit this webform; this number can be found on your offer letter.

  • Proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency (such as a green Medicare card, Passport or birth certificate) 

  • Proof of concession (if you are eligible) - this includes any proof of age ID for persons between 15 - 24 years of age 

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number - here's how to get one

  • Proof of Western Australian residency (such as your Drivers Licence or Utility bill showing your address).

  • Payment preference - Be able to advise us of your preferred method of payment and have completed the payment plan form if applicable. Go to the payment options page for more information.

Please note: these documents are considered highly confidential and will be stored securely against your student record. 

We encourage you to submit your evidence via the 'get ready to enrol' webform as soon as possible so that it can be processed and you are ready to go as soon as enrolments open. This will give you the best chance of securing a place in your desired course. If you are having trouble using the 'get ready to enrol' webform you can call us on 1300 553 444 or come to campus where our friendly staff will be able to assist you. Once we have gathered your personal information you will be asked to email your evidence through to

2. Secure your place

Once we have reviewed your evidence we will send you an email advising that you are ready to enrol. You can then finalise your enrolment and make payment by:

  • Calling our enrolment call centre or book a call back - contact us on 1300 553 444 between 1 November to 11 December 2020.

  • Pay over the phone by credit card or funds transfer OR Pay a minimum $100 deposit to activate a payment plan - you can find more information about our payment options here.

  • Come to the Customer Service counter at any of our campuses to pay with cash.

Can't enrol by the cut off date but still want to study? Call us on 1300 553 444 to discuss your options. While its best to get in early to guarantee a spot in your desired course, there may still be places available right through to the end of January.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma students: For eligible students studying in eligible courses, you may apply for a VET Student Loan. To find out how you can supply your VET Student Loan paperwork without coming to campus, or to find out if the course you wish to study is eligible for a VET Student Loan, visit the Student Loans page.

What happens when your offer expires?
If you do not enrol by the deadline listed on your offer correspondence, or by the date given for you to complete your payment plan paperwork, your offer will lapse and will be offered to another student on the waitlist. It is for this reason that it is important that you keep in contact with us. Call us on 1800 001 001 if you are experiencing difficulty using our enrolment or payment options.


If your offer does lapse, you can still study with us! We will release lists of courses with places left after the first round of offers have been exhausted. In past semesters there have been dozens of fantastic courses that lead to popular study pathways. Get in touch with us on 1800 001 001 or visit our course pages during the late applications period for more information.

How to apply and enrol for part time study

If you have found a course on our website that shows part time study is available, you should apply via TAFE Admissions for the course. Your enrolment will be the same as full time study. Full details of evidence requirements and payment details sent to you should your application be successful and an offer is made to you for a place. 

Other courses will open applications for part time study for remaining places in the course when full time enrolments have been completed. Check back here in January 2021 for a list of courses offering part time places.

Your rights and responsibilities as a student

Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities before you commit to study with us. To find out about our policies and by-laws, visit our Forms, Policies and Fact Sheets page.

Privacy Notice & Student Declaration

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, SM TAFE is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Your personal information (including the personal information contained on your enrolment form and your training activity data) may be used or disclosed by SM TAFE for statistical, regulatory and research purposes. SM TAFE may disclose your personal information for these purposes to third parties, including:

  • school – if you are a secondary student undertaking VET, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship;
  • employer – if you are enrolled in training paid by your employer;
  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies;
  • NCVER;
  • organisations conducting student surveys; and 
  • researchers.

Personal information disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed for the following purposes:

  • Issuing statements of attainment or qualification, and populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys;
  • understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer
  • information; and
  • administering VET, including programme administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

You may receive an NCVER student survey which may be administered by an NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor. You may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.

NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER’s website at

If you do not consent to this, please contact the Admissions office at at your earliest convenience to proceed with a course withdrawal.

Page last updated September 24, 2020