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Diploma of Adult Education

Do you want to become a trainer in your industry area?

The Diploma of Adult Education is a one year full time qualification that will equip you with the practical skills required for you to design and deliver high quality training programs in your area of expertise.

This fully online course will teach you how to design learning and assessment that engages learners so that they benefit from the knowledge and expertise you have of your discipline area. You will also develop skills to enable you to organise, implement and evaluate the training and assessment you deliver, and you will learn how to deliver your training using digital technologies.

On completion of the Diploma of Adult Education you will be qualified to work as a trainer or assessor in your chosen discipline in a range of professional contexts including TAFE, private RTOs, professional development and in-house training.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20508

Location: This course is fully online and includes a practical work placement component.

Duration: 1 year full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students must complete 8 subjects and achieve 80 credit points to complete this course. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Diploma of Adult Education is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 5 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The course is designed to qualify graduates as trainers and assessors in vocational education and training settings.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to have a vocational background or vocational qualification in the area you intend to teach in after graduating from the course. You may be invited to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with subject content delivered online. This course also includes a practical work placement component.

As well as engaging with online learning content, students are expected to undertake additional private study to maximise success in the course. Students will be required to have internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE online systems. For further information about technological requirements contact


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to case studies, essays, reports, work based projects, online presentations and tests.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Diploma of Adult Education. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees*

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,120 per subject (a total of $8,960 for the full Diploma). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

Information for international students

This course is not registered with CRICOS and is therefore not available for enrolment by students holding an international student visa.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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