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Choosing VET

Traineeships and fee-free apprenticeships 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.

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

Did you know?
VET delivers training for 8 out of 10 occupations predicted to have the greatest new jobs growth in the five years to May 2023: aged and disabled carers, child carers, software and application programmers, waiters, education aides, chefs, kitchenhands and advertising, public relations and sales managers.

VET offers pathways to these fields and many more.

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There's really something for everyone

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.


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 a traineeship, the course is government funded. Apprenticeships in NSW are fee-free .

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

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