Our courses are developed with both industry and community under the nationally agreed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This identifies the qualifications available in three sectors of education: schools, vocational education and training and higher education and is there to help you move between these different education levels.

Each qualification is based on the level of outcome and not on the length of the course. For example, some Certificate IV courses are quite short but have as an entry requirement the completion of a related Certificate III course.

Certificate I
Certificate I courses teach the foundation skills required in some industries, and are often part of a suite of courses that you can progress through.

Certificate II

Certificate II courses provide preparation for employment and/or apprenticeships. They may also include traineeships with an on-the-job component.

Certificate III 
Certificate III courses teach well-developed skills in a range of occupational areas. Certificate III courses are roughly the same level as the former trade certificate courses offered by TAFE NSW.

Certificate IV
Certificate IV courses usually teach supervisory skills and advanced technical skills which may build upon skills acquired in the workplace, a Certificate III course or equivalent.

Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas prepare you for work that requires a broad range of complex technical skills and in-depth knowledge. Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses often include training in management, planning and evaluation, budgeting and finance and equip you with the knowledge and skills of your chosen vocational area.

Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas
TAFE NSW offers Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas. These may be studied following the completion of a degree or an Advanced Diploma. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas usually include extra training to build on your undergraduate program, or training in a new professional area.


Shorter courses offered by TAFE NSW

TAFE Statements
TAFE Statements can be awarded for specialist courses, or for courses which may be offered only at one or two locations for a brief period of time.

Statements of Attainment
Statements of Attainment introduce you to a new area of work, or can help you gain additional skills in your current occupation. They comprise modules and/or units of competency from one of the AQF courses. When you complete a Statement of Attainment, you can get a credit transfer into a higher level TAFE NSW course.

Selected Study Program 
This program allows you to complete your own special interest combination of modules or units of competency. You will receive a statement listing the modules and units of competency achieved.

Accredited Short Courses
Accredited Short Courses are usually designed for specific purposes. They are not an AQF level qualification but they are widely accepted. Accredited Short Courses are 'stand-alone' courses that are not usually linked to a major course. Training for licensing regulations may be offered in the form of a 'Short Course'.

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