TAFE is an acronym for Technical and Further EducationTechnical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes are the largest providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Australia. Being owned, funded, and monitored by the government, TAFE institutes ensure high standards all the time, giving students additional security and confidence in completing their desired course.
TAFE institutes also offer accessible, affordable and flexible solutions for nearly all training and further education needs of both local and international students. This is why even if plenty of private colleges offer VET courses, many students choose to enrol in VET courses through TAFE institutes.
On the other hand, you can also find a TAFE division in some Australian universities, providing VET courses in addition to their higher education courses.
Is TAFE for you?
Being the largest education and training provider in Australia, the TAFE sector provides a wide range of courses available across a variety of industries. In fact, thousands of international students visit Australia to study in TAFE institutes not only to learn practical skills and undergo vocational training, but also to hone their skills and knowledge so they can find a rewarding career in the future.
TAFE is not for everyone, but it might be the right education system for you if you want to:
- gain practical, industry-based skills to find your first job easily and quickly
- pursue further education and training
- increase your chances of being accepted into university
- improve your skills and knowledge to advance your career (if you are already working)
- build your resume with essential qualifications to increase your job opportunities
- make the most of the huge range of courses available
- explore your interests and passions
- work and earn while studying at the same time
- learn on the job through an apprenticeship or traineeship
How much does TAFE cost?
The average cost for TAFE courses typically ranges anywhere from $4000 to $22,000 per year and can vary widely depending on the type of course, institution and location. It may also vary on whether you are enrolled as a government subsidised or full-fee paying student.
Higher-level vocational courses such as vocational graduate diplomas and certificates are likely to be more expensive. And for TAFE institutes that offer bachelor degrees, they may have much higher fees for these courses.
On top of your course, you may also be required to pay additional fees for equipment and materials that you’ll be using as part of the training, including protective clothing, uniforms, textbooks, etc.
What are the entry requirements?
To qualify for TAFE, international students should have completed Year 10, 11, or 12, or the Australian equivalent. Students should also check whether their chosen courses have prerequisite subjects, work experience requirements or English language requirements (e.g. IELTS).
Additionally, entry requirements for courses like art and design, digital media, fashion, and photography may include a portfolio or design along with the students' application.
For any additional requirements and information on fees and charges, as well as information you need to know when studying in Australia, you can speak with one of your student support services.