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About vocational education and training (VET)

What is VET?

VET refers to education and training that provides the practical skills and knowledge you need to:

  • join the workforce for the first time
  • re-join the workforce
  • gain an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • enter tertiary study
  • advance your professional development.

A VET course is a great way to fast track your career or education in fields like:

  • business studies
  • health services
  • mining services
  • manufacturing
  • agriculture
  • tourism
  • hospitality.

VET qualifications are generally at one of the following levels:

  • Certificate I, II, III or IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma.

Read more about how a VET qualification fits your education pathway.

Is VET for me?

You can benefit from a VET qualification at different times throughout your career or education.

School students

Participating in a VET course while at school can:

  • provide credit points toward your Queensland Certificate of Education
  • improve your tertiary selection rank
  • support your transition to employment, vocational and higher education.

To find out what options are available at your school, talk to your guidance officer, career counsellor, VET coordinator or head of senior schooling.

Read about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Read more about school-based programs and courses.

Job seekers

VET can give you:

Learn how a VET qualification can help you.

Professional development

Completing a course while you work can help you to:

  • gain formal qualifications which may help you advance in your chosen career
  • change your focus or career direction
  • improve your capability within your current role.

You may gain course credit for your existing qualifications or experience through a process known as recognition of prior learning.

Find a VET course

You can find a VET course in Queensland through the Queensland Skills Gateway. It provides access to information on VET available across Queensland. The website allows you to search and browse information including courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways. The site also features a simple questionnaire to help you find out if you are eligible for government subsidised training.

Reporting, statistics and performance

You can access statistics and performance information about registered training organisations through:

  • My Skills—find training provider information including qualification levels, fields of education, occupation outcomes, and number of full- or part-time students
  •—find registered training organisation details including registration and contact information, a list of qualifications and competencies an organisation is registered to deliver, and the states and territories in which it can deliver each of these.

Related links

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Through a suite of seven targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.

The initiative supports Queenslanders with diverse backgrounds and needs. Find out more.

Advancing skills for the future

The consultation draft of Advancing skills for the future: a strategy for vocational education and training in Queensland sets out the Queensland Government's vision for VET to ensure that in a changing world all Queenslanders are able to access – at any stage in their lifetime and career – high quality training that improves their life prospects and supports industry development and economic growth.

To achieve this vision, the consultation draft of Advancing skills for the future focuses on three priority areas for action:

  • industry and innovation
  • a quality system
  • access and participation.

The consultation draft of Advancing Skills recognises that Queensland's VET system needs to provide students with the skills of the future and support existing workers to reskill, so they can participate in a changing workforce.

Read the consultation draft of the strategy and find out how you can get involved in consultation.

Queensland Skills Gateway

The Queensland Skills Gateway provides access to information on vocational education and training available across Queensland. The website allows you to search and browse information including courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways. The site also features a simple questionnaire to help you find out if you are eligible for government subsidised training.

Visit the Queensland Skills Gateway

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Each state calculates its tertiary admission ranks differently. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is used to compare students from anywhere in Australia when they apply for tertiary places.

If you’re applying for entry to a course through an interstate admissions centre, they will apply to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for your ATAR. If you are applying for an interstate course, scholarship or residential college you may need to provide your ATAR—some Queensland courses also require one. In Queensland, you will only be eligible for an ATAR if you received an OP.

Apply for your ATAR

Review of tertiary entrance statement

You can request a review of the information in your tertiary entrance statement if you feel the information is incorrect.

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Last updated
28 February 2017
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