All courses offered by TAFE colleges to international students are registered on the Australian Government Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and are full time. Full time study for international students at TAFE consists of around 20 hours of training per week.

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.

Australian Qualification Framework levels

You can choose to study different types of courses at Western Australian TAFE colleges. Each course type represents a different AQF level:

  • Level 2 – Certificate II
  • Level 3 – Certificate III
  • Level 4 – Certificate IV
  • Level 5 – Diploma
  • Level 6 – Advanced Diploma

Each TAFE program may include multiple qualification levels that each take a different length of time to complete. For more information about AQF levels please visit the AQF website.

Competency Based Training and Assessment

Training Packages and CBT

Training packages are used as the basis for most of the Vocational Education and Training programs delivered by TAFE colleges throughout Australia. A training package is a set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing people’s skills in a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise. They are developed by national Service Skills Organisations (SSO’s) in consultation with industry and are not owned by an individual training provider.

Training package qualifications are made up of a set of core and elective units of competency. These units of competency outline the skills and knowledge students must acquire if they are to successfully complete a qualification. These competencies are delivered by qualified trainers using a Competency Based Training approach. CBT places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program of training.

Competency Based Assessment

Competency Based Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgements as to whether a competency has been achieved. The purpose of assessment is to confirm that a student can perform to the standard expected in the workplace as outlined in the competency. The evidence may be collected by observing a student undertaking a task in the workplace, through a formal theory test, the completion of a project and so on.

If students believe that they are already competent, they can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is the term used to describe a number of assessment processes that formally recognise the competencies an individual has acquired through formal or non-formal learning, work experience and/or life experience.

Results and Awards

On completion of units at the end of each semester, you will receive an academic transcript from your TAFE college with one of the following results for each enrolled unit of study:

Result code ​Result ​Definition

​You have met the requirements of the unit of competency.


​You have not yet met the requirements of the unit of competency and may need to re-submit or re-sit an assessment.


​You have not met the requirements of the unit of competency and must re-enrol and undertake this unit again.

Please note that fees are incurred when you re-enrol into a unit(s).

These results will be issued to you at the end of each semester of study. If you are deemed not yet competent in any units of competency, your lecturers will give you feedback and provide you with guidance which you can apply when you re-submit or re-sit assessments. All students have the opportunity to appeal their results and, if necessary, be reassessed.

When you have been deemed competent in all of the units of competency in your qualification, you will be issued with an Award. For example, if you have
been studying a Diploma program, you will be issued with your Diploma. Please note that your TAFE college will not be able to issue your award until you provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI).

pathways to university

Many students choose to start their studies at a Western Australian TAFE colleges, apply for university entrance towards the end of their Diploma/Advanced Diploma studies and then gain credit for the work they have done. On completion of TAFE and university you will have two qualifications that are attractive to employers and that will give you a competitive edge in the global job market.

Find out more about TAFE to University pathway options.


Students who need to improve their English can package an English course with their TAFE program. A range of English courses are available through the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students Centres. 

All TAFE programs require a minimum level of English proficiency for entry, this will depend on any English studies you have previously completed.

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