Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables secondary school students to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training described within an industry-developed training package, while completing their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Vocational Education and Training:

  • meets the needs and standards of industry (employers)
  • is competency based - that is, students must demonstrate they are competent in each element of their course
  • may require a period of 'on-the-job' training with an employer
  • is recognised on the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Benefits of VET

Students who undertake VET:

  • gain practical work related skills that employers recognise
  • gain credit transfer and/or advanced standing into other training courses
  • gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification and credit on the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
  • make valuable contacts with employers
  • prepare themselves for the world of work.

Registered Training Organisations

A registered training organisation (RTO) is a training organisation registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the National VET Regulator, to deliver nationally recognised VET programs.

Students can undertake VET through RTOs such as:

  • Colleges (V and C Courses)
  • Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) (E Courses)
  • Private RTOs (E Courses)

Australian Qualifications Framework -

Certificate I, Certificate II and Certificate III

  • All VET qualifications align with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Further information on the AQF can be found here: http://www.aqf.edu.au/.
  • Students who successfully complete a V or a C course through their college as an RTO will receive a Certificate I, II or III nationally recognised qualification. These certificates are issued by the BSSS on behalf of the college RTO.
  • Students who complete an E course with an external RTO will receive a certificate directly from the RTO which will be recognised by the BSSS on the ACT Secondary Certificate.

Certificate IV

  • Students who are considering studying a vocational qualification at the Certificate IV level or higher must have their program approved by the principal of the college they are attending prior to commencing study in the qualification.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA)

An Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) is a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship that a student undertakes while still attending school. A training agreement is signed by both the employer and the trainee and is approved by Skills Canberra of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. The trainee is paid the national training wage award for the time spent in the workplace. Because the ASBA is at school, their program needs to be flexible enough to accommodate their school, work and training needs. ASBAs receive a nationally recognised vocational certificate along with their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate if they fulfil all ASBA requirements. An ASBA can provide a student with a great head start in their careers.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Students looking for on-the-job training can also consider an apprenticeship or traineeship to develop personal work skills and job specific skills. Skills Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate administer all apprenticeship and traineeship contracts in the ACT. Information is available from student services/careers advisors.