The Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. VET helps to prepare students who don’t need a university degree to start or continue their careers. Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national body that regulates and manages the VET.
In 2013, Australian Education International (AEI) statistics showed that there were 98,792 international student enrolments in VET courses in Australia.
Some VET courses can count towards a university qualification or degree.
Students who obtained their VET courses overseas can gain recognition of their training which may help them to get employment.
There are different types of VET programs:
– Certificate III
– Certificate IV
– Advanced Diploma
Certificates III and IV Programs
Certificates III-IV qualifications offer students the practical and job-related education and training.
They prepare you to enter the workplace for certain particular field and at the same time provide a pathway to study further.
CIII and IV are also considered as part of training package or an extension of a related program, in particular, specializations. They prepare the student for both employment and further education.
CIV in some higher education institutions considered as an alternation of the Foundation programs.
Diploma is considered the principal pathway to the undergraduate programs for most of the international students. However, the student can obtain it as a qualification by itself.
Diploma programs are offered by TAFE, private colleges and higher education institutions providing direct entry to undergraduate programs and can be packaged with undergraduate courses.
In this way, these courses provide a pathway to undergraduate programs for students who don’t meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate programs such as Bachelors.
Advanced Diploma Programs
The Advanced Diploma is a specialised qualification that shows greater complexity skills and personal accountability and knowledge.
It gives the student more specialized knowledge for work in highly in a paraprofessional area.
Students who completed the Advanced Diploma Program can obtain credits towards his further undergraduate studies at the university.
Australian Education International (AEI) – www.internationaleducation.gov.au
Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – www.asqa.gov.au
Australian Government: Department of Immigration and Border Protection – www.border.gov.au