Enrol - How to apply and enrol

How to Apply or Enrol in a TAFE NSW Course

While the exact process depends on your specific course, and any of the entry requirements that go with it, the following four steps will help you to become ready to study with us.

  1. Find a course that interests you.
  2. Select a location and study mode that suits you, by clicking on the "Course Fees and Information" button on your chosen course page.
  3. Assess your eligibility.
  4. Click on the "Enrol" or "Apply" button on the course location page, to begin the enrolment or application process.

If you have not already done so, apply for a course and TAFE NSW location that interests you, or select a TAFE Digital course. There are a number of different options for ways to study with TAFE NSW, so be sure to read your chosen course’s information carefully and make sure it is the right qualification for you.

If you have any queries about how to apply for a course or anything else, our dedicated advisors are happy to assist you online, over the phone, or in person at our Student Service Centres, found at TAFE NSW locations.

Please note that our Student Service Centres are open Monday to Friday, only.

Call 131 601 or send us an enquiry. We can help talk you through all your options.

Enrolment is an exciting but sometimes tricky process and it’s important to know that TAFE NSW are here to support you. Join our free webinar to guide you through the different stages of enrolment: navigating the website, enrolment administration, accessing support and explaining the various study modes, for example, 'Virtual' or 'Online'.

Put your best foot forward and access the virtual Enrolment Support Information Session.

You are eligible to study a course if you meet the entry requirements. Entry requirements are the minimum qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience, and attributes you need to successfully complete the course.

Not all courses have entry requirements, but some have very specific mandatory conditions you must meet before you can enrol. You must be able to show that you meet the entry requirements to be able to enrol in the course. The entry requirements for each course should be clearly displayed in the course information, so ensure that you read through the details carefully.

How to show you meet the entry requirements

When you enrol, you may be asked to undertake one, or more, of the following steps.

TAFE NSW recognise the following educational requirements

For the Higher School Certificate (HSC) (Year 12) or equivalent:

  • TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC)
  • post-school course or courses that meet the equivalent of one year of full-time assessed study (about 540 hours)
  • ROSA (Record of School Achievement) or equivalent
  • a course at AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Certificate II level
  • the equivalent of six months' full time training (about 270 hours)
  • at least six months' work (paid or unpaid) or voluntary community activity that reflects performance at AQF Certificate III level.

For the School Certificate or equivalent:

  • TAFE NSW Certificate II in General and Vocational Education (CGVE)
  • completion of a post-school course at AQF Certificate II level or higher
  • a combination of study and work or life experience.

To study for a nationally recognised qualification at a registered training organisation (RTO) such as TAFE NSW, you will need to have a USI number.

What is a USI number?

USI is a unique student identifier number that gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia.

Your USI:

  • is made up of a combination of 10 numbers and letters
  • gives you access to an account containing your completed training records and results (from 1 January 2015 onwards)
  • will help you provide evidence of your studies when you apply for a job or undertake further study.

If you don’t already have a USI number, you can register for one through the Australian Government website. You can also use the website to find your USI or check to see if you already have one.

Please note that when you register for a USI number, you will also need to give permission for your local TAFE NSW to view your records and your USI.

TAFE NSW students have rights and responsibilities which they need to be aware of. When you begin a TAFE NSW course you will be advised of these, and you will be provided with a student guide that provides further information. Learn about your rights and responsibilities.

Your next steps may vary, depending on your specific course and enrolment location.

For some courses (like those associated with the arts or high-demand courses, for example), you may be asked to attend an interview, submit a portfolio, sit a test, or take part in an audition. Your course information should clearly outline how to proceed with your enrolment.

You may be informed to proceed with one, or more, of the following steps.

  • Register your interest first and then attend an information or pre-enrolment session.
  • Complete an application or selection process, which could include submission of a portfolio or an audition.
  • Attend an interview, test, or audition – you will be provided with specific information about this step once you have started your application.

Then, wait to hear from us on the outcome of your application. If you are successful, we will tell you how to continue with your enrolment (it will be similar to the enrolling information on this page).

If you are unsuccessful, we can help you to choose another course that can help you meet your educational and career goals.

Details about your fee and payment options will be available at your course selection stage.

To complete your enrolment and commence your training, you may have to pay your student fee or the first instalment of your student fee.

In certain circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption, or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loan. If you have already studied or gained work experience relevant to your chosen course, you may also qualify for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers.

For more information, please visit the following pages.