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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Vocational education and training (VET) institutions specialise in providing students with hands-on experience and real-world skills. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) allows easy credit transfer across all levels of certificates (i.e. Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.

Post Secondary Education 
 

AQF levels and criteria are an indication of the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement. AQF level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 has the highest complexity.

Courses vary in length from Certificate I through to an Advanced Diploma. Certificate IV is the accepted minimum qualification for entry into Australian universities.

Minimum English Requirement of IELTS Academic 5.5 - 6.0 or an English assessement is applicable for admissions.

Level 1 – Certificate I  
  • Summary :  Graduates at this level will have foundational cognitive, technical and communication skills to undertake defined routine activities identify and report simple issues and problems.

  • Duration :  4-6 months

  • Career Path: Competent Operator

 

Level 2 – Certificate II
  • Summary : Graduates at this level will have basic cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply appropriate methods, tools, materials and readily available information to undertake defined activities and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

  • Duration :  6 - 8 months

  • Career Path: Advanced Operator

 

Level 3 – Certificate III
  • Summary : Graduates at this level will have a range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a specialised range of methods, tools, materials and information to complete routine activities and to provide and transmit solutions to predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

  • Duration : 6 - 12 months

  • Career Path: Qualified Tradesperson or Technician / Skilled Operator

 
Level 4 – Certificate IV
  • Summary :  Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a range of methods, tools, materials and information to complete routine and non-routine activities and to provide and transmit solutions to a variety of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

  • Duration :  12 - 18 months

  • Career Path: Supervisor

 

Level 5 – Diploma
  • Summary :  Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to analyse information to complete a range of activities, provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems as well as transmit information and skills to others.

  • Duration :  18 - 24 months

  • Career Path: Professional's Assistants

 
Level 6 – Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
  • Summary : Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to analyse information to complete a range of activities, interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems as well as transmit information and skills to others.

  • Duration :  24- 36 months

  • Career Path: Junior Manager

 

Source: aqf.edu.au