Diploma courses aim to:

  • prepare students to use their skills and knowledge based on fundamental principles and complex techniques;
  • recognise the ability to show initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions;

The Advanced Diploma is a more specialised qualification that shows skill and knowledge of a greater complexity and a higher level of personal accountability.

Note that some TAFE institutes and private providers also offer programs above Diploma level.

Entry Requirements and Costs

Australian VET qualifications have been popular amongst international students for many years. Entry requirements vary greatly from institution to institution and from course to course.

In general, to begin a certificate level course, students need:

  • a qualification equivalent to Grade10-12 in an Australian high school;
  • an English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL paper based 530-550 or equivalent in other accepted language tests.

Cost of VET for Overseas Students

Course fees vary greatly depending on the course and/or the institution. As a general guide, international students are charged tuition fees of $A5,500 to $18,000 per year. The average tuition fee is approximately $10,000 per year.


Certificate I 3 – 6 months
Certificate II & III 6 – 12 months
Certificate IV 1 year
Diploma 1 – 2 years
Advanced Diploma 2 – 2.5 years
Vocational Graduate Certificate 6 months
Vocational Graduate Diploma 1 – 1.5 years