Colleges and Professional Schools (TAFE)

The Australian system of training/professional education - TAFE - (Technical and Further Education) - is, as a rule, subject to the jurisdiction of "Colleges" and directly controlled by the state/territory governments that administer the Australian higher education system.

The Australian College system is based on professional education programs, which are used for learning and the recognition of a particular profession, both as a starting point to access and or continue with their studies.

In Australia, the word "Colleges" also refers to secondary schools, comparable to Italian high schools (for pupils between the ages of 12 and 18).

Colleges assign a level of post-secondary education and offer purely professional qualifications, not comparable to real degrees, aimed at learning a certain profession and gaining the relevant qualification. A professional qualification can facilitate and/or be necessary when applying for a university course.

Colleges also represent an important and privileged way to get recognition in Australia for professional qualifications obtained in other countries.

The following is an example table that indicates, in general, the qualifications, course duration and the professional qualification that can obtained by attending a vocational course at an Australian College.

Qualification

Duration

Title

competent operator

3-6 months

Certificate I

advanced operator

6-8 months

Certificate II

qualified tradesperson or technician

12 months

Certificate III

supervisor

12-18 months

Certificate IV

para-professional

18-24 months

Diploma

junior manager

24-36 months

Advanced diploma

The following is a list of some of the professional courses that can be attended in Australian Colleges:

Accounting

Administration

Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Adult Migrant English Program

Aged Care

Agriculture

Agriculture and Land Management - Higher Education

Animal Studies

Aquaculture

Aquaculture - Higher Education

Aromatherapy

Autodesk - Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)

Beauty

Beauty - Short Courses

Bookkeeping

Bricklaying

Building and Construction (Advanced)

Building and Interior Design

Business

Business - Higher Education

Carpentry

Children's Services Work

Cisco Training

Civil Engineering

Commerce

Community Services Work

Computer Systems

Conservation and Land Management

Cookery

Design

Disability Support Work

Electronics and Electrical

Electrotechnology

Employment Services

Engineering Technology

English as a Second Language

Equine Studies

Equine Studies - Higher Education

Fashion Business

First Aid (Mechanical Manufacturing)

First Aid (Personal Services)

Fitness

Fitting and Machining

Floristry

Food Processing

Furniture and Cabinet making

Government

Hairdressing

Health Support Work

Home Sustainability

Horticulture

Hospitality

Hospitality - Higher Education

Hospitality - Short Courses

Human Resources

Illustration

Illustration - Higher Education

Industrial Skills

Information Technology

Information Technology - Short Courses

International Trade

Jewellery

Jewellery - Visual Arts

Joinery Shopfitting and Stair building

Languages

Legal

Liberal Arts

Locksmithing

Management

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering

Marketing

Massage

Massage - Short Courses

Meat Processing

Medical - Short Courses

Metal Fabrication and Welding

Multimedia

Music

Music - Higher Education

Music Business

Music Online

Networking - Network Security

Occupational Health and Workplace Safety - National Qualifications

Occupational Health and Workplace Safety - Short Courses

Office Administration

Off-site Construction

Overseas Qualified Professionals

Painting and Decorating

Photography

Plastering (Wall and Ceiling Lining)

Plumbing Services

Police Examination

Power Industry - Electrical

Production Horticulture

Professional Writing

Project Management

Real Estate

Renewable Energy

Road Transport

Roof Tiling and Slating

Sales

Science

Screen and Media (Television)

Small Business

Software Development - Programming

Sound

Sports Development

Tourism and Events

Training and Assessment

Visual Art

Viticulture Wine Beer Olives

Viticulture Winemaking - Higher Education

Wall and Floor Tiling

Welding

Work Education

Writing and Publishing - Higher Education

Young Adult Migrant Education

 

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