What is Vocational Education Training (VET) in Australia?

Vocational Education Training

Vocational Education and Training, or VET, focuses on educating and training people in skills, which enables them to enter the workforce directly once the VET course has been completed to the required standard and a VET qualification has been gained. Vocational educational institutes, which offer VET courses, specialize in offering students real-world skills through hands-on experience.

VET courses cover a variety of industries which include:

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      • Utilities
      • Transport and manufacturing.
      • Tourism and hospitality
      • Technology
      • Retail
      • Mining
      • Construction
      • Community services and health
      • Administration

All VET courses are outcome-based and concentrate on the following:

      • Studying in a way that works for you
      • Gaining essential practical experience
      • Gaining competency
      • Acquisition of occupational skills

Types of VET Courses

1. Certificates 1-1V

VET courses cover basic skills, but progress to more advanced knowledge and reach the level to take on a supervisory role in your chosen skill. They are categorized first of all as certificates 1-1V. These courses offer training and knowledge related to an industry area. The time spent on a certificate course can be anything from 6 months to 2 years.

Course overview for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)

As a certificate course, this course is available to meet the needs of anyone who wishes to deliver both assessment and training in the VET sector and in particular with a TAFE or Private RTO. It is useful for those who want to provide hands on instruction in the workplace, like delivering one-on-one training to workplace apprentices, conduct skill audits, workplace assessments and the mentoring and coaching of staff.

Entry requirements for a Cert. 1V

Anyone enrolling in this program has to possess vocational competence in their selected assessing and teaching area. Being vocationally competent means possessing broad industry expertise, experience and knowledge, with a qualification to back this up.

Targeted outcomes for Cert 1V

      • To be able to design a learning plan that enables effective skills development and the imparting of relevant knowledge in the targeted skill area.
      • Be knowledgeable on the most current thoughts with regard to learning engagement while recognising the key importance of theories related to adult learning.
      • Learn how to interpret units of competency in order to generate suitable learning programs along with assessment tools.
      • Gain an understanding of the connection between standards and competencies and the proof required to back up someone’s competency claim.
      • Gain knowledge on validating assessment activities so as to be able to strengthen and improve assessment practice.
      • Become more confident as a presenter and a learning facilitator.
      • Practise the best ways in order to support workplace learning.
      • Learn how to support candidates with literacy, language & numeracy challenges.

Career Opportunities after completing a certificate 1V (TAE40116)

      • Enterprise trainers
      • Lead trainers/assessors
      • Lecturers
      • Mentors/coaches
      • RTO Trainers and Assessors
      • Workplace assessors
      • Workshop facilitators

Course Structure for Cert 1VTAE40116

There are 10 units in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. These are divided into 9 core units and 1 elective unit. The core units are listed below:

      • TAELLN411- Focusing on adult literacy, language and numeracy
      • TAEDES402 -Using training packages and accredited course programs in order to meet the needs of clients
      • TAEDES401- Designing and developing learning programs
      • TAEDEL402- Planning, facilitating and organizing workplace learning
      • TAEDEL401- Planning, organising and delivering learning in groups
      • TAEASS502- the designing and developing of assessment tools
      • TAEASS403-Participate in the validating of assessments
      • TAEASS402 Assess competence levels
      • TAEASS401- Planning assessment activities

2. Diploma level

This qualification is more advanced and develops the students’ specialised skills in a variety of industry-specific workplace scenarios. Once satisfactorily completed it could be used as way of accessing further education. It typically takes between 1 and 2 years of full-time study to reach the diploma standard.

3. Advanced Diploma

These higher-level VET courses teach applied skills at a more advanced level in areas like IT, building and construction and engineering. It takes about 18 months to 2 years of full-time study to reach an advanced diploma level.

Where are VET courses offered?

VET courses can be found all over Australia and are offered by both private and public Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) typically via TAFE and private vocational training institutes. As well as these avenues VET training is accessible also through schools that choose to offer such programs and external community educational centres.

Entry requirements for VET courses

To be eligible to get into a VET to take up further study, most students are usually required to have completed some study such as Year 10, 11 or 12. If the industry requires it applicants may have to submit a portfolio of their work before their application is even considered. This is often the case with art courses,

Pathways to transit into higher education

VET training makes a good start for anyone who has been unable to get an offer on a course such as a B.A./BSc. Anybody completing successfully the certificate IV, a diploma or an advanced diploma can offer students with a pathway to meet the higher education sector’s entry requirements. Sometimes depending on the type of course a few VET courses might offer credits towards entering higher education. This could mean that you might not be required to complete the full-time period of the course if already you have studied some of the course content in earlier studies.

Benefits of VET through a registered training organisation (RTO)

The greatest advantage of studying with an RTO is that both the RTO and the training are recognized and have also been registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). RTOs are the only training institutes that can issue qualifications that are nationally recognized. Throughout Australia, there are 5,000 RTOs approximately which run courses.

If a training provider wishes to become an RTO it is required to match up to the standards of the Australian Quality Training Framework 2019 (AQTF 2019). This is to ensure Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers throughout the country are providing quality training opportunities.

When a VET training provider registers as an RTO, it has to provide precise details of what it has to offer. This includes:

      • The training or assessments it wishes to deliver
      • The industries or fields in which it intends to provide training or assessment
      • The highest standard of qualification might issue.

Once an RTO has become registered, to ensure it delivers quality training or assessment it is required to renew its registration after 5 years. This takes place in the state or territory where it provides the training courses.

Why select an RTO?

If you want to become competent in your field whether you are a school leaver or you are an older person you will need to achieve a certain level of competency in a VET course to reach the desired standard. An RTO offers an accredited VET qualification, which offers you the chance to learn everything there is to know about your chosen field. An RTO is required to keep up its standards which are set by the ASQA. Every RTO provider is expected to maintain an ongoing engagement with any of the industries in which they provide courses to make sure that the skills and knowledge that are taught are up-to-date and of high quality.

RTOs encompass the following:

      • TAFE colleges
      • Private education providers
      • Schools
      • Community and adult education providers
      • Community organizations
      • Higher education providers
      • Commercial training providers
      • Industry bodies

Every training organisation including its key details is entered into the National Training Information Service (NTIS) database.

RTOs have regulations

The ASQA keeps an eye on all RTOs in the states and territories of Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, ACT, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. ASQA also monitors the states of Western Australia and Victoria.

VET courses offer online study

VET is very accessible because it allows you to study online or at a physical place. With many courses open for online study selecting a suitable course might take some time. A VET course typically requires the payment of a fee whether you undertake the course online or in a physical environment. However, the news isn’t all bad because VET course providers don’t charge as much as universities do. As there are different fee structures for VET courses, you should ask your chosen RTO training provider before you make a final decision about enrolling in one of their courses.