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What is VET DSS?

VET DSS stands for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students. At South Metropolitan TAFE we offer courses across many industries to secondary students at our own campuses and at selected secondary school locations. Choosing a VET DSS pathway means you can make school more interesting and relevant to you while kick starting your career with recognised qualifications. Graduate with your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and have the choice to continue in your TAFE studies, or decide to move into a higher education course.

   

Pathways to successful careers

VET DSS pathways are the perfect introduction into the world of work. You will learn practical skills in year 11 and 12 while gaining an insight into the needs of the workplace. You will attend one of our VET DSS classes one or two days a week and for the rest of the week participate in your normal school program where you will still benefit from the educational and social support provided by your school.

Success in your program can lead to immediate employability by graduating with a nationally accredited qualification, or you will have a head start in other nationally recognised qualifications. As you continue on your study pathway to higher level qualifications, your opportunities for further study will increase, leading you to be able to specialise in industry or continue to higher education and university studies.

 

Are you looking for our term 4 start automotive courses? Click the purple section below titled 'Term 4 2019 start automotive pre-apprenticeships' for all the information you need.

See our Pathways look book below to see where a VET DSS course can take you.
(Zoom in to explore further and click to course page on our website. Then share with your VET coordinator or with family and friends.)

How to choose the right course for you

Using the pathways information above, find the VET DSS course listed as ‘Year 11 or 12’ and begin to plan your study pathway for school and beyond. Check the More Information section on this page to see ‘Key dates’, ‘Fees and charges’, ‘Attendance’ and ‘Dress code’ to be sure VET DSS will work for you.

Finally, use the table of courses listed in the sections ‘Profile courses, brochures and apply link’ and ‘Education support courses, brochures and application form’ to access information such as delivery locations, costs and uniform or equipment requirements for your favourite VET DSS courses. You can download our brochure to share with your school teachers, VET Coordinator and parents or guardians to help you make the right choice.

Please note, applications for 2020 have now closed. 

How to apply (2020 course applications are now closed)

Profile courses

Please note: applications for 2020 have now closed. The information below is kept as an indication of the process in 2021, likely to open in August 2020.

Take note of the different requirements for each type of program and the full name and national code of the course. VET DSS courses are extremely competitive and it is recommended that as much evidence as possible is provided to support the application. These documents must be uploaded when applying through our online application system.

To complete the application you should have these documents ready to upload:

  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCAS) number (this can be found on your school report or ask your school VET Coordinator if unsure)
  • A Unique Student Identifier (USI) – if you don’t have one please visit www.usi.gov.au
  • Parent or guardian email address and mobile number 
  • Current school report in electronic format (e.g. PDF), ask your VET coordinator at your school if unsure
  • Resume, references and any certificates which will help support your application
  • A student statement outlining why you should be selected to participate in the course (please note there is a limit of 255 characters that can be entered in this section)

Once submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to your parent/guardian email address, and your school will receive notification via your VET Coordinator.

Our application process has changed

Please note: in 2019 our application website launched, so the process to apply has changed slightly. You will now need to register the details of the student to create an account in our system, then complete and submit, or return to login using the student account to make an application for a course. Please refer to the user guide for step-by-step instructions.

When applications have closed, we will contact your school to ask to endorse and support the application before the selection process begins. For more information, please contact your school VET Coordinator.

Education Support

South Metropolitan TAFE continues its commitment to providing options for all school aged students including those attending education support centres or undertaking education support programs at school. We provide learning environments that welcome students of all abilities and promotes inclusiveness. Students with disabilities and a diverse range of learning needs can attend South Metropolitan TAFE alongside their peers.

The courses listed have been selected as suitable for education support students.

Schools are expected to send education assistants with students who require in classroom support at school. If you are unsure about the suitability of a course please discuss with your school VET Coordinator. You should also consider the requirements of the course and the application form with your parent or guardian.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

More information

Key dates

Applications for 2020 courses open 29 July 2019.

Applications for 2020 courses have now closed as of 6 September 2019.

Offers for places in 2020 courses will be made end October.

Fees and charges

Secondary school students undertaking VET DSS courses are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. However, your chosen course may require you to purchase a uniform, protective equipment, text books or trade equipment/tools. These items will be for you to keep and use after you have graduated and will be industry relevant equipment.

Attendance

You will be responsible for ensuring that you attend all scheduled classes. Attendance will be recorded and any absences are reported to your school. The VET Coordinator at your school will be contacted to discuss the appropriateness of your continuing study if you repeatedly do not attend. You will be required to inform your lecturer in advance if you will be absent from any scheduled classes. Poor attendance may mean withdrawal from the course.

Dress code

You are not required to wear your school uniform to your VET DSS classes but you will be expected to dress appropriately. Where special or protective clothing and/or footwear is required, it must be worn without exception as this is not only preparing you for dress for the industry, but in the cases of workshops, is a safety requirement. If you forget to bring your protective clothing you will be excluded from the campus workshops/classes and your school informed.

Profile courses, brochures and apply link

Applications for 2020 have now closed. Please speak with your VET Course Coordinator to discuss you 2020 enrolment.

Course code Course name Suitable for years Day(s) Campus Costs
MEA20418-AB67 Certificate II in Aeroskills (Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Jandakot Material fee $30, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies 12 (Terms 1 & 3) Thursday Mandurah None
ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies 11 (Terms 2 & 4) Thursday Mandurah None
SFI20119 Certificate II in Aquaculture 11 & 12 Friday Fremantle  
AUR20916 Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Panel Beating Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Carlisle Material fee $50, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
AUR20916-AB08 Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (Vehicle Body Painting - Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12     Thursday and Friday Carlisle Material fee $50, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Heavy Automotive Focus 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Thornlie Text book $60, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Light Automotive Mechanical Focus 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Carlisle Text book $60, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Light Automotive, Heavy Automotive & Auto Electrical (rotational) 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Kwinana Text book $60, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, industrial shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
AVI30116 Certificate III in Aviation (Cabin Crew) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Jandakot Materials of approximately $200 (includes South Metropolitan TAFE supplied uniform)
52821WA Certificate III in Aviation (Support Services and Operations) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Jandakot Text book $75, black dress shoes (enclosed toe), safety boots, South Metropolitan TAFE supplied pilot uniform
FBP20217-AB57 Certificate II in Baking (Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Bentley Materials fee $295, Uniform approx. $165 (includes checked chefs trousers, white cap, white t-shirt and white bib apron), leather boots, toolbox
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Mandurah $150 for class kits and consumables, black pants and black top
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Murdoch   $150 for class kits and consumables, black pants and black top
52825WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Para Professional) 11 (2 years) Friday Thornlie Pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, calculator
52824WA    Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) 11 (2 years) Thursday or Friday Rockingham Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
52824WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) 11 (2 years) Friday Mandurah (second year at Rockingham) Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
52824WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Brick and Blocklaying focus 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Armadale Senior High School Trade Training Centre Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
52824WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Carpentry & Joinery focus 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Armadale Senior High School Trade Training Centre Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
52824WA-AB29 Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Painting and Decorating Pre-Apprenticeship 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Thornlie Enclosed footwear, work shorts or trousers, work shirt or plain shirt
52824WA-AB29 Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Painting and Decorating Pre-Apprenticeship 11 (2 years) Friday Peel Region Trade Training Centre, Coodanup College Enclosed footwear, work shorts or trousers, work shirt or plain shirt
52700WA-AA40 Certificate II in Plumbing (Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 (2 years) Thursday or Friday Rockingham Long sleeve high vis shirt, safety glasses, steel capped boots, work shorts or trousers
MSF20313-AA45 Certificate II in Furniture Making (Cabinet Making/Furniture Making Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 (2 years) Friday Thornlie Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, basic calculator
SIT20416-AB10 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (Commercial Cookery/Patisserie Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12     Thursday and Friday Bentley Chef uniform approx. cost $250 (includes jacket, check pants, apron and box hat), knife kit approx. cost $280, black leather boots
SIT20416-AB10 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (Commercial Cookery/Patisserie Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Mandurah Chef uniform approx. cost $250 (includes jacket, check pants, apron and box hat), knife kit approx. cost $280, black leather boots
CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services (Focus - Early Childhood Sector) 11 & 12 Friday Armadale Text book $60
CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services (Focus - Early Childhood Sector) 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Rockingham Text book $60
CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support 11 & 12 Friday Mandurah None
UEE22011 - AA41 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-Apprenticeship 11 (2 years) Friday Thornlie Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, scientific calculator
UEE22011 - AA41 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-Apprenticeship 11 (2 years) Thursday Rockingham Steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt, pen, pencil, paper, 2 ring binder, scientific calculator
UEE21911 Certificate II in Electronics 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Munster Text book $150, long pants/jeans, long sleeve work shirt, calculator with basic graph function, pencil, pacer pencil, eraser, ruler
MEM20105-AA49 Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Thornlie Material fee $100, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve industrial shirt
MEM20105-AA49 Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Rockingham Material fee $100, steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve industrial shirt
MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (Machinery & Fabrication Focus) 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Rockingham Text books $100, engineering drawing equipment approx. cost $80, welding bag approximate cost $55 (optional), steel capped boots, safety glasses, overalls or cotton drill pants, long sleeve industrial shirt
MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering - Kwinana Industries Council iWomen
(Students from schools in the KIC Education Partnership will be given preference)
11 (2 years) Friday Rockingham (2 units will be delivered at Munster) Text book $100, Steel capped boots, long pants/jeans, long sleeve work shirt, calculator, 2H pencil, HB pencil, 2B pencil, eraser, sharpener, A4 notepad
MEM20105 -AA50 Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship) 11 (2 years) Thursday and Friday Thornlie Material fee $100
MEM30505 Certificate III Engineering (Technical) 11 & 12 Thursday Carlisle Text books $200, long pants/jeans, long sleeve work shirt, scientific calculator, 1x 2H pencil, 1x HB pencil, 1x 2B pencil, 1x eraser, 1x sharpener, 1x A4 notepad, 1x USB flash drive
MEM30505 Certificate III Engineering (Technical) 11 & 12 Friday Munster Text books $200, long pants/jeans, long sleeve work shirt, scientific calculator, 1x 2H pencil, 1x HB pencil, 1x 2B pencil, 1x eraser, 1x sharpener, 1x A4 notepad, 1x USB flash drive
SIT30516 Certificate III in Events 11 & 12 Thursday Bentley Black tailored dress pants (not jeans/leggings), white long sleeve collared shirt, plain black rubber soled shoes, flat or low heeled (not black runners), small note book, pen
SIT30516 Certificate III in Events 11 & 12 Thursday Fremantle Black tailored dress pants (not jeans/leggings), white long sleeve collared shirt, plain black rubber soled shoes, flat or low heeled (not black runners), small note book, pen
MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology - Full qualification 11 & 12 Thursday and Friday Bentley Class kits and fabric samples of approx. $150, Students will be required to purchase materials depending on their chosen garments and to purchase further design and patternmaking equipment for project work
MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Construction) 11 (2 years) Thursday (Friday in second year) Bentley Class kits and fabric samples of approx. $95. Students will be required to purchase materials depending on their chosen garments.
MST20616 Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Pattern-making) 11 (2 years) Friday (Thursday in second year) Bentley Class kits and fabric samples of approx. $95. Students may be required to purchase further design and patternmaking equipment for project work.
SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Mandurah Hair-kit approximate cost $60, black pants and black top
SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant 11 & 12 Thursday or Friday Murdoch Hair-kit approximate cost $60, black pants and black top
SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality 11 & 12 Thursday Mandurah Black tailored dress pants (not jeans/leggings), white long sleeve collared shirt, plain black rubber soled shoes, flat or low heeled (not black runners), small note book, pen
ICT30115 Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) 11 & 12 Friday Rockingham Notebook and pen
ICT30115 Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) 11 & 12 Friday Thornlie Notebook and pen
ICT30115 Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) 11 & 12 Friday Murdoch Notebook and pen
TLI21815 Certificate II in Logistics 11 & 12 Friday Jandakot Steel capped boots, high vis shirt, pen, pencil, notebook, 2 ring binder, calculator
SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism 11 (2 years) Thursday Mandurah None

 

Education support courses and application form

Applications for 2020 have now closed. Please speak with your VET Course Coordinator to discuss you 2020 enrolment.

Course code Course name Suitable for years Day(s) Campus Costs
AUR20716 Automotive Skills Set 11 & 12 Monday Kwinana  
52824WA Construction Skills Set 11 & 12 Wednesday Rockingham  
AHC20416 Horticulture Skills Set 11 & 12 Wednesday, Thursday Murdoch  
SIT20316 Hospitality Skills Set 11 & 12 Friday Bentley, Mandurah Black tailored dress pants (not jeans/leggings), white long sleeve collared shirt, plain black rubber soled shoes, flat or low heeled (not black runners), small note book, pen
52824WA Painting and Decorating Skills Set 11 & 12 Wednesday, Thursday Thornlie  
Kwinana Industry Council's iWomen pre-apprenticeship

The iWomen program is an extension of the Kwinana Industries Council year 10 project started in 2019. In 2020, female students in year 11 at the 17 high schools local to the Kwinana industrial area can take up the opportunity of a Certificate II in Engineering pre-apprenticeship for their last two years of high school. The program is enhanced by mentoring of each student to ensure a successful integration into the industry following high school. 

How to apply

Please note: applications are now closed. To follow up on your application, please contact Debbie Hoey at the Kwinana Industries Council 0450 346 168.

Term 4 2019 start automotive pre-apprenticeships

Get a head start on 2020 with two automotive courses available to year 11 students. 

Both Carlisle campus courses begin in Term 4 and run for 3 terms, allowing you to finish mid-year 2020 with a pre-apprenticeship qualification, ready to pursue an apprenticeship career in spray painting or panel beating.

How to apply

To apply, talk to your school's VET Coordinator about the program's suitability, then email your student information to vetis@smtafe.wa.edu.au.

You will then need to provide some basic information for registration into our classes. Download the brochures for each course below to see what you need to get ready to study. 

Want to leave school to study at TAFE?

If you're looking for courses to help you to continue studying, or would like to bolster your English or numeracy skills for work, visit our Foundation Skills, Access and English form page to see a list of courses that may help you bridge the gap between school and work or post-school education. 

Page last updated September 10, 2019