These courses provide introductory skills and training, delivering industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. They vary in length from six months to two years.

These certificate programs are packaged with Diploma courses to pathway to higher degrees.

The general aims of Certificate level courses are to:

  • prepare candidates for both employment and further education and training;
  • recognise skills and knowledge that meet national industry standards.

Certificates I and II are qualifications which recognise the students’ basic vocational skills and knowledge.

Certificates III and IV are the equivalent of trade certificates in various vocations. These prepare students for both employment and further education and training in their chosen field.

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