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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 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 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.

 

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 ‘2020 Course commencement information’ 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.

More information

Key dates

Applications for 2021 courses open July 2020.

Applications for 2020 courses closed on 6 September 2019.

Offers for places in 2021 courses will be made to school VET Coordinators in November. TAFE does not make direct contact with parent/guardians or students when making places. Please speak with your VET Coordinator if you'd like to follow up your application.

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.

2020 Course delivery changes due to covid-19

For students enrolled in VET DSS courses at SM TAFE, changes to our delivery have occurred due to COVID-19.

In line with the schools ‘soft start’ announced by the Premier and Minister on Friday 17 April, SM TAFE VET DSS programs will commence as follows:

  • Week 1 & 2 (29 April – 8 May)
    Where available, programs will continue to be conducted through the blended, online  model introduced through the Term 1 pause in face to face delivery.
     
  • Week 3 (w/c 11 May)
    Limited VET DSS programs will re-commence through face to face delivery to enable necessary practical training and assessment to occur. Other programs will continue with the blended, online model.
      
  • Any face to face delivery will take into consideration social distancing principles and if required priority given to Year 12 students. 
      

The list below will be updated regularly as our training services staff build content for alternative delivery. Please check back to this page for updates.

Course and group Ordinary campus delivery New delivery arrangements
Certificate II in Aeroskills (Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship) Jandakot
  • Face to face delivery to return in week 3.
  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and times. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Animal Studies Mandurah - Term 2 commencement
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in Week 3 in a rostered class session by their lecturer for 1.5 hours per week. Students should check their emails for scheduled class time.
Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology - Full qualification Bentley
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in in week 6. Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time.

  • Social distancing principles will be applied. 

  • Additional catch up classes have been scheduled in Term 4 if students need extra assistance. These catch up classes will start from 8 October and run to 5 November, on Fridays only.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Construction) Bentley
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in in week 6. Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time.

  • Social distancing principles will be applied. 

  • Additional catch up classes have been scheduled in Term 4 if students need extra assistance. These catch up classes will start from 8 October and run to 5 November, on Fridays only.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (Pattern-making) Bentley
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in in week 6. Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time.

  • Social distancing principles will be applied. 

  • Additional catch up classes have been scheduled in Term 4 if students need extra assistance. These catch up classes will start from 8 October and run to 5 November, on Fridays only.

Certificate II in Aquaculture Fremantle
  • Face to face delivery to return in week 3.
  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and times. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
(Vehicle Body Painting - Pre-Apprenticeship)
Carlisle
  • Face to face delivery will commence from Thursday 14 May with social distancing principles applied.
Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Heavy Automotive Focus Thornlie
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in week 3 as per normal TAFE day and time.

  • Students should complete workbooks provided to them during the pause in delivery.

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Kwinana
  • Online delivery to commence week 1 – 2 as per usual class times 8am – 3:45pm
  • Students to check emails from their lecturer about online theory completion
Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Heavy Vehicle Pre-Apprenticeship)  Kwinana Industries Council - Thornlie
  • All students have been provided workbooks to continue their learning.  
  • Online will be introduced from Term 2.
Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Light Automotive Mechanical Focus Carlisle
  • Face to face delivery will return in week 3, Friday 15 May.

  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and time. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Light Automotive, Heavy Automotive & Auto Electrical (rotational) Kwinana
  • Face to face delivery will re-commence in week 3 and week 4.

  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a “week on week off” basis.

  • Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Schools will be emailed very soon with split class allocation for each of their students.

Certificate II in Autonomous Operations Munster
Certificate III in Aviation (Cabin Crew) Jandakot - year 11
  • Face to face delivery to return in week 3.
  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and times. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate III in Aviation (Cabin Crew) Jandakot - year 12
  • Face to face delivery to return in week 3.
  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and times. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate III in Aviation (Support Services and Operations) Jandakot
  • Face to face delivery to return in week 3.
  • Students to attend as per normal TAFE date and times. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Baking (Pre-Apprenticeship) Bentley
  • Training deferred to Term 2.  
  • Further information will be provided when available.
Certificate II in Building and Construction
(Pathway - Para Professional)
Thornlie
  • Face to face delivery will recommence in week 3, Friday 15 May.

  • Students will attend as per normal TAFE day and time. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Rockingham
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off’ basis. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Face to face delivery is scheduled to recommence in week 3 & 4. Students and schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates.

Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Mandurah (second year at Rockingham)
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off’ basis. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Face to face delivery is scheduled to recommence in week 3 & 4. Students and schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates.

Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Brick and Blocklaying focus Armadale Senior High School Trade Training Centre
  • Online delivery of theoretical work will be available from Term 2. 
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Carpentry & Joinery focus Comet Bay
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off’ basis. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Face to face delivery is scheduled to recommence in week 3 & 4. Students and schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates.

Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Painting and Decorating Pre-Apprenticeship Thornlie
  • Online delivery of theoretical work will be available from Term 2. 
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) Painting and Decorating Pre-Apprenticeship Peel Region Trade Training Centre, Coodanup College
  • Online delivery of theoretical work will be available from Term 2. 
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate II in Community Services
(Focus - Early Childhood Sector)
Armadale
  • Blackboard delivery is available now and for Term 2. Students should be accessing the online system.
  • Student placements will be reviewed when possible, potentially available in Semester 2.
  • See our Blackboard getting started video.
Certificate II in Community Services
(Focus - Early Childhood Sector)
Rockingham
  • Class is scheduled next week Friday 15 May where students can attend either online or face to face.

 

  • If student wishes to attend face to face delivery they must attend class from 9am11am
  • If student wishes to log in online via Blackboard class is from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. See our Blackboard getting started video.
Certificate III in Education Support Mandurah
  • Blackboard delivery is available now and for Term 2. Students should be accessing the online system.
  • Student placements will be reviewed when possible, potentially available in Semester 2.
  • See our Blackboard getting started video.
Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-Apprenticeship Thornlie
  • Students to continue with their online theory via Blackboard. Instruction will be sent to the students how to login and complete worksheets by their lecturers.

  • Classes will be split in half to adhere to social distancing principles. Students will need to check emails in the upcoming week with class allocation details.

Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) Pre-Apprenticeship Rockingham
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off’ basis. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Face to face delivery is scheduled to recommence in week 3 & 4. Students and schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates.

Certificate II in Electronics Munster
  • All students are to return for face to face delivery in week 4, Friday 22 May.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship) Thornlie
  • Face to face delivery will recommence on Thursday 14 May.

  • Students are to attend as per normal TAFE day and times. Email notification has been sent to schools and students.

Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical Fitter and Machinist Pre-Apprenticeship) Rockingham
  • Face to face delivery will recommence on Thursday 14 May.

  • Students are to attend as per normal TAFE day and times. Email notification has been sent to schools and students.

Certificate II in Engineering (Mechanical - Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship) Kwinana Industries Council - Thornlie
  • All students have been provided workbooks to continue their learning.  
  • Online will be introduced from Term 2.
Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (Machinery & Fabrication Focus) Rockingham
  • Face to face delivery will recommence on Thursday 14 May.

  • Students are to attend as per normal TAFE day and times. Email notification has been sent to schools and students.

Certificate II in Engineering - Kwinana Industries Council iWomen Rockingham (2 units will be delivered at Munster)
  • Theory will be delivered via Blackboard.  See our Blackboard getting started video.
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship) Thornlie
  • Theory will be delivered via Blackboard.  See our Blackboard getting started video.
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate III in Engineering Cecil Andrews
  • Online class will start from Term 2 using Blackboard Collaborate.  See our Blackboard getting started video.
  • Practical components to be paused and moved to later date.  
  • Further study material will be developed and sent to schools for distribution.
Certificate III Engineering (Technical) Carlisle
  • All students are to return for face to face delivery in week 4, Thursday 21 May.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate III Engineering (Technical) Munster
  • All students are to return for face to face delivery in week 4, Friday 22 May.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time. Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate III in Events Bentley
  • Students are using Collaborate, a virtual classroom environment via Blackboard. All students have been emailed information and are working through standard delivery content.  See our Blackboard getting started video.
  • Term 2 will continue in this fashion.  Students are advised to check emails three times per week.  Students have been advised via email what tasks they need to be working on and should be completing. Sessions will also be recorded for any that have technical issues.
  • No class on Thursday 9 April.
Certificate III in Events Fremantle
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in a split class format in week 5, Thursday 28 May.

  • In order to adhere to social distancing principles, the class has been split into a morning and afternoon session where half of the students will attend in the morning (8.30am – 12pm), the other half attending in the afternoon (12.30pm – 4pm).

  • Students are to check their emails, or see their VET Coordinator for their next scheduled class time provided by the lecturer.

Certificate II in Furniture Making
(Cabinet Making/Furniture Making Pre-Apprenticeship)
Thornlie
  • Online delivery of theoretical work will be available from Term 2. 
  • Face to face delivery for practical components will be organised under strict hygiene conditions whilst observing social distancing protocols.
Certificate II in Hospitality Mandurah
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off basis’. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Face to face delivery is scheduled to commence in week 5, 28 May. Schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates for each student.

Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) Rockingham
  • Students will remain with their online Virtual Classroom structure until the end of Term 2.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time with face to face delivery return being reviewed for Term 3.

Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) Thornlie
  • Students will remain with their online Virtual Classroom structure until the end of Term 2.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time with face to face delivery return being reviewed for Term 3.

Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) Murdoch
  • Students will remain with their online Virtual Classroom structure until the end of Term 2.

  • Classes will run as per normal TAFE day and time with face to face delivery return being reviewed for Term 3.

Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) 
- continuing students in their second year of study
Murdoch
  • Students will return for face to face delivery for the remainder of the term starting Friday 22 May.
  • Students will attend as per normal TAFE day and time where social distancing principles will be applied.
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
(Commercial Cookery/Patisserie Pre-Apprenticeship)
Bentley
  • Training deferred to Term 2.  
  • Further information will be provided when available.
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
(Commercial Cookery/Patisserie Pre-Apprenticeship)
Mandurah
  • Face to face delivery will recommence in week 4, 21 May as per normal TAFE day and times,
    Thursday and Friday, 8am – 3:30pm.

  • Social distancing principles will be applied.

Certificate II in Logistics Jandakot
Certificate II in Plumbing
(Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship)
Rockingham
  • Blended delivery has been scheduled for students to attend on a ‘week on week off’ basis. Classes have been split in half to adhere to social distancing principles.

  •  

    Face to face delivery is scheduled to recommence in week 3 & 4. Students and schools have been emailed their first day attendance dates.

Certificate II in Process Plant Operations Peron Training Centre
  • Online will be available from Term 2 with practical components paused.
  • Hard copy work will be available for those students with limited IT access.
  • Classroom on campus delivery will re-commence later in the term.
Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics Mandurah
  • Students have been scheduled to attend on a ‘week on, week off’ basis. Classes have been split to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Schools will be emailed with their student's start dates.

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics Murdoch
  • Students have been scheduled to attend on a ‘week on, week off’ basis. Classes have been split to adhere to social distancing principles.

  • Schools will be emailed with their student's start dates.

Certificate II in Rural Operations Pinjarra SHS
  • We are working with Pinjarra SHS to post content on the school's online platform.
Certificate II in Salon Assistant Mandurah
  • Classes have been split for face to face delivery to re-commence in week 3.
  • Students should check for an email from their lecturer about their first day attendance.

Certificate II in Salon Assistant Murdoch
  • Classes have been split for face to face delivery to re-commence in week 3.
  • Students should check for an email from their lecturer about their first day attendance.

Certificate III in Tourism Mandurah
  • Students will return for face to face delivery in week 5, Thursday 28 May.

  • Classes will have an extended time of 5pm in order to assist catch up.

  • Social distancing principles will be applied in the classroom.

Automotive Skill Set Kwinana
  • Students have been provided with workbooks (via parents) and should continue with this work until appropriate measures can be put in place for suitable social distancing in workshops.
Construction Skill Set Rockingham
  • Student groups have been split and will alternate one week face to face, one week online delivery.
  • Details of student groups was emailed on 5 May.
Horticulture Skill Set Murdoch
  • Students will attend every three weeks face to face delivery between 9am and 12pm.
  • Students can undertake further learning in our library facilities.
  • Emails confirming which students attend on which dates have been sent to schools.
Hospitality Skill Set Bentley, Mandurah
  • Whilst we await the return of face to face delivery, work books have been provided to schools to give to students for an opportunity to commence additional work in the meantime.

Painting and Decorating Skill Set Thornlie, Coodanup Trade Centre
  • Students should be continuing to work through the workbooks provided in Term 1. 
  • Face to face classes will resume from week 3.

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 May 27, 2020