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 may:

  • provide credit toward your Queensland Certificate of Education
  • contribute to the calculation of 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 and 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
  • training.gov.au—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
  • Department of Employment, Small Business and Training—find training performance statistics and data related to VET.

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