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What is TVET?

If you're a school student looking to gain workplace skills and experience, TAFE delivered vocational education and training (TVET) courses can help launch your career.

TVET allows you to:

  • Gain practical, work-related skills to enhance your future employment opportunities
  • Complete units that count towards your Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Start or complete a nationally recognised TAFE NSW qualification while still at school

When you finish your TVET course you'll receive a nationally accredited Certificate qualification or a Statement of Attainment. Most TVET courses articulate into further TAFE or university studies.
TVET courses are offered across a variety of job areas, such as beauty, children's services, accounting, construction, marketing, fitness, animal studies, digital media, and many more.

Contribution towards Higher School Certificate (HSC) and ATAR

All TVET courses count towards your HSC. TVET Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). You will need to study four units of an ICF course, over one or two years, and sit for an optional Higher School Certificate exam. All ICF courses include a mandatory work placement. Only one TVET course can contribute towards your ATAR.

Work placement

Many TVET courses include some time working in the industry area of your course. This is called 'work placement' and it gives you the chance to learn new skills and apply the skills you've already learned as part of your course.
Your work placement will help you to:

  • Gain insights into the kind of career you'd like to have
  • Make informed decisions about further training and study
  • Become more employable 
  • Be better equipped for business and employment opportunities

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

School based apprenticeships and traineeships give you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills and experience through part-time, paid employment.

Both school based apprenticeships (SBAs) and traineeships (SBTs) can be delivered through TAFE NSW. Find out which qualifications are available in this program at: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships website. For information about how to enrol as a school based apprentice or trainee in TAFE NSW please contact your local Institute.

Where are TVET courses delivered?

TVET courses may be delivered either at a TAFE NSW campus or at school, depending on which course you wish to study and where you are located. Not all courses are available at all campuses. You attend your TVET course as part of your regular school study schedule.

Applying for credit

If you successfully undertake TVET at school and continue your studies at TAFE you may apply for advanced standing and obtain credit for any course containing the units of competency you have successfully completed during your TVET studies. You will not need to repeat any subjects that you successfully completed as part of your TVET course.

For more information about TVET courses:

  • Speak to your school careers adviser or VET coordinator
  • Contact a TVET coordinator at your local TAFE NSW campus