TAFE NSW is Australia's leading provider of vocational education and training with more than 500,000 enrolments each year. Whether you're an individual looking for your first job, a promotion, a career change or a pathway to a degree or you're an employer seeking training solutions for your workforce, TAFE NSW can deliver a range of courses and services to suit your needs.

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Choice of program

TAFE NSW delivers a range of long and short courses that offer a choice of industry areas, learning styles and qualifications to suit your needs. Courses are offered full-time, part-time and flexibly through distance and online learning.

We offer over 1,200 nationally recognised vocational qualifications from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level, as well as Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Statements of Attainment and TAFE NSW statements. We also offer higher education qualifications at Degree level. A wide range of short courses offers professional development and career acceleration options.

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Choice of study locations

Chances are that TAFE NSW will have a location that suits your needs. Courses are offered at over 130 campuses across NSW. TAFE NSW campuses are grouped by geographical regions into 'Institutes'.

Flexible study options

TAFE NSW Institutes deliver courses flexibly using the latest online teaching technologies. You have the freedom to attend colleges at times that suit your needs, or you can study at work, home or any other location when it suits you.

The Open Training Education Network (OTEN) also provides world-class distance education services and products through a range of media.

Meeting student and employer needs

TAFE NSW works closely with employers to provide you with skills to make you productive and competitive.

Nationally recognised qualifications offered by TAFE NSW are developed in consultation with industry. Courses are updated regularly to ensure their currency and relevance. When you graduate with a TAFE NSW qualification, you'll have gained skills and knowledge closely linked to your chosen industry's needs. Employers can be confident that you can perform tasks at a required industry standard.

TAFE NSW is committed to improving student outcomes to positively affect individuals and contribute to skills development for the productivity of NSW. A range of strategies were recommended by TAFE NSW Institutes in 2010 to improve qualification completions.

Recognition of prior learning and experience

At TAFE NSW, we understand that you may already have skills and knowledge gained from your work, previous study and life experience that are relevant to your course. If you can demonstrate you have already gained the equivalent skills or knowledge, you may be given an exemption for a unit of study or, in some cases, a full course.

Learning pathways

Whatever your stage of education or career development, TAFE NSW can provide you with valuable skills – whether you need training for your first job, are looking for additional skills to re-enter the workforce, change jobs or accelerate your career.

Whatever your situation, TAFE NSW provides various learning pathways available to help you achieve your goals. The skills and knowledge you gain during your career and education are recognised and can be credited towards future studies and qualifications. If you are a school or university student you may get credit towards a TAFE NSW course. Many TAFE NSW qualifications also give you credit towards degree studies.

Services for employers

Whether you're a small business, a community or government organisation or a large corporation, we can help you map out your training needs and implement an appropriate strategy to suit.

Business consultants at each TAFE NSW Institute have extensive experience and expertise, developed through a wide range of successful work with private industry and government bodies.

Quality education

TAFE NSW offers quality education.

  • All TAFE NSW Institutes are Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and meet national quality standards which are part of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). These standards ensure the quality of vocational education and training services throughout Australia.
  • TAFE NSW Institutes also have ISO 9001:2000 certification. This status demonstrates the ongoing commitment of TAFE NSW to quality management and continuous organisational improvement in order to provide better training outcomes for students.
  • We support and foster innovation to enhance the quality of teaching and learning provided to our students. The TAFE NSW Quality Awards are held annually to recognise the contributions of TAFE teachers and staff. Introduced in 1995 by the NSW TAFE Commission Board, the awards support continuous improvement of our staff based on teamwork, a systematic approach and quality principles. By sharing the knowledge gained from team projects each year, we are able to support and foster further innovation, enhance the quality of teaching and learning provided to our students.
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