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Types of courses

Types of Courses at TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW offers you a range of courses with a choice of qualifications, industry areas, learning styles and durations to suit your needs.

Our courses:

  • Are developed in consultation with industry and are reviewed regularly to ensure that you're work ready for today's employers when you graduate
  • Include industry placements or learning in simulated workplace environments, so you'll get practical, hands-on experience
  • Offer a range of flexible and online learning options to give you the freedom to study when and where it suits you

TAFE NSW offers nationally recognised vocational qualifications across all these levels:

  • Certificates I–IV
  • Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas
  • Graduate Certificates and Diplomas
  • Associate and Bachelor Degrees
  • Short courses

You can choose a course from many job areas like community services, hospitality, business or construction through our network of over 130 campuses across NSW. And when you successfully complete your studies, you are awarded a certificate recognised across Australia and New Zealand.

Course levels available

  • Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas help you gain advanced skills and a higher education qualification
  • Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas offer you complex and technical skills to help progress your career
  • Certificates I to IV teach you a range of introductory to advanced level skills to help you get job-ready or promoted
  • Statements of Attainment are part qualifications or short courses that can give you extra skills or prepare you for further study

If you do not complete a nationally recognised qualification, you will get a Statement of Attainment for the units of competency that you have successfully completed. You can then show this to your employer or another training provider.

Short Courses

TAFE NSW short courses provide intensive training to help advance your career, update your skills and knowledge, or meet specific legislative requirements. There is a wide range of short courses available across a broad range of industry areas.

Short courses are designed to give you the skills you need in the shortest possible time. Courses range in duration from a few hours to a number of months. You can study when it suits you – during the day, in the evening or on weekends.

Short courses include:

  • Accredited short courses – Usually designed to fill a need that is not met by other qualifications. They are nationally recognised. On successful completion you'll receive a Statement of Attainment.
  • Skill Sets – Nationally developed programs containing one or more nationally recognised units of competency. On successful completion you'll receive a Statement of Attainment.
  • TAFE Statement programs – Developed to meet specific training needs. Training is assessed, but is not nationally recognised. On successful completion, you'll receive a TAFE Statement.
  • TAFE Certificates of Attendance – Developed to meet specific training needs. Training is neither assessed nor nationally recognised. On completion you'll receive a TAFE Certificate of Attendance.