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Choosing VET

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to get your career off to a flying start or change career direction. Gain a recognised qualification while you earn money and learn.


There's really something for everyone

Train for the jobs of the future: where the booms are

Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and work. While it’s true some jobs will go, others will take their place.

Industries predicted to have the greatest jobs growth in the next few years are: healthcare, nursing, human resources, information and communication technology, marketing, management, education, hospitality, retail and the personal service and care industry.

VET offers pathways to these fields and many more. For inspiration, visit our interactive doors, search our jobs guide or find a course here.

Get hands-on experience employers will love

VET institutions specialise in providing students with hands-on experience and real-world skills. Courses cover industries such as administration, retail, tourism & hospitality, construction, utilities, community services & health, transport, mining, manufacturing, and technology.

All courses are outcome-based and focus on the occupational skills, competency and practical experience you’ll need for the job you want.

Types of Courses

  • Certificate I - IV

    Duration - 4 to 18 months

    Career outcome - Competent operator - Supervisor

  • Diploma

    Duration - 18 to 24 months

    Career outcome - Para-professional

  • Advanced Diploma

    Duration - 24 to 36 months

    Career outcome - Junior manager

Study options

We understand that everyone is different

Study in a way that works for you

The demands of each job can vary greatly, depending on the type of work you’re undertaking. The qualifications required for each job are also unique. We understand that needs are different for everyone. That’s why VET courses are available to you in a number of forms.

Study Options


Now for the good news

When you enrol in a VET course you typically pay a fee. The fee you pay will depend on your personal circumstances and the type of course. Fees are usually higher for the more complicated courses. For example, a fee for a diploma course is usually higher than the fee for a Certificate II qualification.

The good news is fees for VET courses are usually lower than fees for university courses. There are a lot of different fee structures in VET so it’s important that you ask a training provider questions about the fee before you enrol.

Some questions to ask:

  • Is the course government funded? (you pay a contribution and the NSW Government pays the rest)
  • Is it a full fee paying course? (you pay in full for your whole qualification. Ask the training provider about flexible payment plans, scholarships and/or loan schemes that may be available to help you)
  • Am I eligible for any fee exemptions or concessions because of my personal circumstances?

If you choose a course that is delivered as an apprenticeship or traineeship, the course is government funded. In some industries the employer pays the fee for the apprenticeship.

If you have existing skills and experience, you may also be eligible for recognition of prior learning (usually referred to as RPL). Ask the training provider if the fee will reduce if you are eligible for RPL.

Course costs