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TAFE Western Australia



TAFE Western Australia (TAFE WA) colleges have modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology to give students the experience of real work environments. The facilities ensure the best environment for teaching, knowledge sharing with peers and for developing practical working skills.

As well as excellent teaching staff, TAFE WA offers students the choice of over 135 courses in 13 study areas. These nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) courses are designed to prepare students for their future careers and are supported by the government.

For students wishing to enter further study, there are a number of pathways to university programs at three of Australia’s leading universities. Students gain credit points towards university study.

Perth, Western Australia is one of the most liveable cities in the world. Perth offers students a warm sunny climate and relaxed lifestyle, with a vibrant cultural life and eating experiences. Students at TAFE WA have the perfect opportunity to explore Western Australia’s amazing coastline.

A range of accommodation options are available to students. New student accommodation is now available in downtown Perth. A homestay option allows students to live with an Australian family. Campus living villages are based at nearby university campuses, or students can choose to find other private rental accommodation. Students under 18 must live with a parent, or a nominated guardian or homestay.

TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the registered training organisation (RTO) and a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider for the delivery of training to international students enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. The nationally accredited courses are delivered by Western Australian TAFE colleges on TIWA’s behalf, however TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documents to students.

CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G
RTO Provider No. 52395

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What's new

What's new

2019 International Student of the Year

Dushica Poposki from Macedonia has been named International Student of the Year at the 2019 WA Training Awards,the State’s premier awards program for recognising high achievers in the vocational education and training sector. Dushica was awarded the title at this year’s WA Training Awards presentation dinner on 13 September.

Dushica worked as a nurse in the Macedonian health system and while visiting Perth, she had a chance experience as an outpatient that inspired her to relocate and train in a different health care system. In Australia, she completed a Diploma of Nursing qualification at North Metropolitan TAFE. She rates the Western Australian vocational education and training system as first-class and encourages other international students to study in Australia.

“I share my positive experience with other people here in Australia and overseas, and advise them to fulfil their dreams,” Dushica said. “It’s never too late to take action and further your education, “ she added.

With a holistic approach to providing care, Dushica’s philosophy is to give emotional and physical support to patients on their recovery journey. She looks forward to combining her nursing experience from Macedonia with the knowledge and skills gained through her studies in Western Australia and ultimately providing the best nursing care to the community.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

TAFE colleges in Western Australia deliver a range of courses that are developed in consultation with industry and are reviewed regularly to ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge required for a successful employment outcome.

TAFE courses are nationally accredited according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), are competency based and from a training package that is industry approved.

TAFE WA offers the following course types:

  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced diploma

TAFE WA English language teaching programs are accredited by the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) Australia. English language courses are available for students looking to improve their English language skills and prepare for further study. The ELICOS program at North Metropolitan TAFE is delivered in partnership with Navitas English. Classes are held at the ELICOS Centre located at the Perth (Northbridge) campus in the heart of the cultural and entertainment district.

Jane Goodfellow is a lecturer at Western Australia’s North Metropolitan TAFE. She won the national 2017 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award for her innovative teaching strategies in class. Jane feared she would not be able to teach after losing her hearing but a cochlear implant helped her get back to the classroom.

Jane was able to continue her two decades-long career in VET and is passionate about teaching, making use of blogs, QR codes and apps to help overcome the challenge of hearing student questions and comments in a big class. “VET is a way for students to achieve their dreams,” said Jane. “I’m especially inspired by those who overcome adversity to complete their course, such as those with disabilities, raising children on their own or facing cultural pressures”.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Country specific entry requirements

International students can check all of the country specific entry requirements by visiting the TIWA website.

English language entry requirements

TAFE courses generally require an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 overall (academic) with no band lower than 5.0. Some select courses require higher English scores of IELTS 6.0/6.5.

For certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma courses: IELTS 5.5 - Equivalent English levels accepted

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 55 internet-based test (iBT).
  • Eiken Grade Pre 1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – Minimum Level 43 (No band score lower than 36).
  • Password score of 5.5
  • Successful completion of at least two years of study at an acceptable grade in an English medium course completed within the previous two years.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) minimum of 3 in English A1 or A2
  • Completion of the Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE) – pass in C grade.
  • Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at upper intermediate level or equivalent at North Metropolitan TAFE or a recognised English college.

For other courses: IELTS 6.0 - Equivalent English levels accepted

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL 60 – no band lower than 15 (iBT)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – minimum level 51 with no band lower than 43.
  • Password score of 6.0.
  • Eiken Grade 1
  • Completion of at least two years of study at an acceptable grade in an English medium course completed within the previous two years.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – 51
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2
  • Cambridge First Certificate of English (FCE) – pass in B grade
  • Completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at pre-advanced level or equivalent at North Metropolitan TAFE or a recognised English college.

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North Metropolitan TAFE

North Metropolitan TAFE is one of the largest vocational education and training providers in Western Australia, offering “real work” environments, expert lecturers and modern technology and equipment to provide international students with job ready skills and positive learning experiences.

Specialty courses include aged care, community services, environmental monitoring, engineering and software development. Extensive facilities include an art gallery, training restaurant, massage clinic, gyms, beauty therapy clinics, prayer rooms, libraries and bookshop.

South Metropolitan TAFE

South Metropolitan TAFE is one of Western Australia’s largest and most diverse vocational education and training providers, delivering training to thousands of local and international students every year. Students can get involved and meet new friends in college social activities such as the annual Rottnest Island tour. Study support is also available on campus, to help you reach your study goals.

Specialty courses include engineering, hospitality, maritime, oil and gas, and automotive. Extensive training facilities are available, including the award-winning Bentley Pines training restaurant, the fully operational oil and gas facility, student veterinary clinic, massage clinics, garden centre, pet grooming clinic, libraries and prayer rooms.

Central Regional TAFE

Central Regional TAFE’s world class centre of excellence specialises in aquaculture, marine and environmental science and research. Geraldton is a vibrant regional city located on the historic Batavia coast, with scenic rolling hills and breakaway ranges to the east, and Chapman and Greenough Rivers to the north and south.

Geraldton campus facilities include childcare, a training restaurant, library, bookshop, café, and well-equipped computer labs. There is on-campus student accommodation available at Pepperell Village.

South Regional TAFE

South Regional TAFE’s campuses are based in the beautiful South West region of Western Australia. Students can enjoy spectacular coastal scenery and recreational areas, and a pleasant climate.

Specialty courses include, hospitality, early childhood education and cookery, information technology and nursing. Facilities include training restaurants, student canteen, and a Learning Resource Centre Students attending the Bunbury campus have accommodation options available at Edith Cowan University’s Bunbury Campus Living Village.

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Student support and Safety

Student support and Safety

Student Support

TAFE International Western Australia ​assists students during their study and also prior to the commencement of study.

Students can get information and assistance from TIWA on several issues including:

  • health cover issues
  • student visa
  • courses
  • refunds
  • processing tuition fee payments
  • TAFE orientation program
  • airport pickup and transfer
  • referrals for further assistance

The International Centre at TAFE colleges can also provide support for study or personal issues including:

  • advice on change of course, units or pathways
  • monitoring class progress and assistance to achieve study goals
  • updating contact details (address, email, mobile)
  • identifying suitable accommodation in local suburbs
  • safety and welfare advice
  • public transport information
  • orientation
  • class timetables
  • student ID cards
  • campus facilities and services

Student safety

Perth is a safe city and basic safety precautions apply at night. There are measures in place to ensure that students are safe on campus.

In Australia, police assistance can be accessed 24 hours a day. The Australian police force is well known for being reliable and safe.

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TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2019-12-15
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Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
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TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-01-10
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TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
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TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars

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TIWA is the unit within the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development responsible for the recruitment and admission of international students studying at Western Australian TAFE colleges and public schools. It is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) regulated by the Australian Government?s Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which delivers nationally accredited courses to international students in partnership with Western Australian TAFE colleges through North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE.

Students choose to study with TAFE Western Australia to access world class facilities, training by expert lecturers and practical work placements. They can choose from over 200 career-focused courses that will give them the hands on training they need to achieve their career goals.

There are many different activities, on and off campus, where students can meet other international and local students and have fun in a relaxed environment. The Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA) offers a variety of services including country hospitality, Christmas hospitality and share a meal hospitality.

Optus Stadium is 60,000 seat, world-class, multi-purpose stadium opened in January. Students can keep an eye out for concerts by their favourite international artists, or if student is a sports fan they can catch a game of Australian Football League (AFL), International and Big Bash League cricket, soccer or rugby league.

Perth, Western Australia is a stunning modern city with an ideal combination of cultural buzz, green spaces and easy access to beaches and coastline trails. With over 2 million people including a mix of students and cultures from all around the world, speaking over 170 languages and practicing over 100 religions, students will always feel welcome and respected. Perth is home to many of the state?s major arts companies and cultural institutions, and hosts world class exhibitions, festivals, performances and concerts year round.

North Metropolitan TAFE offers campus locations in the heart of Perth?s cultural district, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars. Students learn through practical training from industry experts, in state-of-the-art facilities. The college has strong partnerships with industry that ensure courses remain current and provide students with job-ready skills.

South Metropolitan TAFE knows there?s more to student life than just studying. The college offers a mentor program connecting students with second year students to help them settle in. Students can get involved and meet new friends through college organised activities such as the Rottnest Island tour and Dwellingup camping trip.
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