Enrol - How to apply and enrol
How to apply and enrol
Congratulations on deciding to enrol with TAFE NSW!
Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. The following four steps will set you up to study with us:
- Choose your course and where you want to study
- Assess your eligibility
- Obtain your Unique Student Identifier (USI)
- Register, apply or enrol
If you have not already done so, choose your course and campus or TAFE Digital course. There are a number of different options for ways to study with TAFE NSW and be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification for you.
If you have any queries, one of our dedicated advisors would be happy to assist you.
Attend an information session
Most TAFE NSW locations run information sessions so that you can come and meet the teaching staff to discuss the course details, attendance options, study timetable and entry or application requirements. If we’re running an information session for a course, the date, time and location will be listed on the course information page.
Find your course information page
You are eligible to study a course if you meet the entry requirements. Entry requirements are the minimum qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and attributes you need to successfully complete the course. Not all courses have entry requirements, but some have very specific mandatory conditions 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 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:
- Prove that you meet the educational requirements for your chosen course (e.g. you will need to provide your HSC transcript, or proof of your work skills)
- Support your claim for recognition (e.g. you will need to provide certified copies of your previous qualification(s), transcripts of studies you have undertaken and possibly other evidence)
- Support your claim for an exemption from fees or a fee concession (e.g. proof of pension)
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
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 need to have a USI, which:
- is made up of 10 numbers and letters;
- gives you access to an account that contains your completed training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards; and
- 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, you can register for one through the Australian Government website. Please note that when you register for your USI, you also need to allow permission for your local TAFE NSW to view your records and USI.
Your next step may vary, depending on your course and enrolment location. For some courses, for example those associated with arts or high-demand courses, you may be asked to attend an interview, submit a portfolio, sit a test or take part in an audition. Your chosen 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
Wait to hear from us on the outcome of your application. If you’re successful, we’ll tell you how to continue your enrolment (it will be similar to the enrolling information on this page).
If you’re not successful, we can help you choose another course that will help you meet your educational and career goals.
- Find course application forms
- Check out enrolment dates
- Talk to a Course Information Officer or a TAFE NSW counsellor at your chosen TAFE NSW campus
Fee and payment options
Details about your fee and payment options will be available at your course selection stage.
To complete your enrolment and commence 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 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.
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