Vocational Courses at TasTAFE
A qualification from TasTAFE will provide you with the practical workplace knowledge and skills that are in demand in industries across the world. If you are also seeking a university qualification, the successful completion of your TAFE education may provide you with advanced standing into university degrees across Australia. TasTAFE offers Diploma + Degree pathways to the University of Tasmania, which provide graduates with both a TasTAFE qualification and a university degree.
TasTAFE is the largest Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Tasmania and one of the 10 largest RTOs in Australia. Owned by the Tasmanian Government, TasTAFE offers a wide range of nationally-recognised qualifications from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level to local and international students.
TasTAFE delivers training that focuses on teaching students the knowledge and skills required for specific industry workplaces. Learning in a vocational training environment will give you the opportunity to obtain practical experience from your studies, explore your desired industry, gain familiarity of workplace environments and develop employability skills. Training is delivered by industry-qualified teachers. This means that they have the experience and knowledge to teach you the skills you need for your chosen career.
Vocational education is, by nature, very practical and hands-on. You will learn the necessary theory and how to apply this in real-life situations. Most TasTAFE courses also provide industry work experience placements where you can apply your learning in a genuine work environment.
For example, students studying hospitality will gain experience in TasTAFE’s hospitality outlets and complete placements in local restaurants, cafés and hotels. Nursing students, as a further example, will complete over 400 hours of clinical placement in aged care, community care and acute care settings.
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English Language Program
Every course at TasTAFE has an English language requirement. If you need a little help with your English before you start one of our courses, or just have an interest in improving you English language skills, TasTAFE’s English Language Centres can help.
Our experienced teachers ensure that different learning styles are catered for, and will work on your English listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in interactive classes. Assignments will include written essays, oral presentations, role-playing, and learning activities.
English Programs Offered
TasTAFE provides English courses for students with a range of English language skill levels. The English programs offered are the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, and the Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE) program.
Please contact GETI Tasmania for information on entry requirements into these programs and class availability.
Duration: 6-52 weeks
Fees: AU$320 per week*
Intake: Hobart Campus – every five weeks February – November
Launceston Campus – February, April, July, October
*Please note: to study the EAP program, students will be required to purchase a grammar textbook at an additional one-off cost of AU$80.
If you want to work in an environment that gives you the opportunity to meet lots of new people, work flexible hours and gain skills and knowledge that will allow you to work anywhere in the world, the tourism, cookery and hospitality industry may be just what you are looking for.
Careers in the tourism, cookery and hospitality industry can include food and beverage service positions, managerial positions in restaurants and hotels, and varied roles with travel agencies, event organisers and tour guiding/tourism operators.
Undertaking training in this industry, allows you to develop a rewarding career, offering experiences worldwide. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with interesting people, learn valuable and transferable skills, and experience practical training in our training restaurants and cafés.
Business/Business Management is crucial across all business sectors and levels of industry, and can provide diverse career opportunities for anyone wanting to be part of, or manage, a team or a professional office.
A Business qualification at TasTAFE will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be competent in a wide range of contemporary business practices. Rewarding career paths are open to business students that include marketing, finance and accounting, management, human resources, work health and safety and office administration – just to name a few.
From big business to medium sized operations or small ‘mum and dad’ outfits in the suburbs, the skills you learn in business are highly transferable and can take you to any industry sector anywhere in the world.
An Accounting qualification at TasTAFE will provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career in Accounts Administration, Bookkeeping or Accounting.
Rewarding career paths are open to finance students with many accounting professionals choosing to work in government departments, major corporations and small organisations.
A qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can offer you a wide range of exciting and challenging jobs that are not just confined to the Information Technology industry.
From banking to big business, construction and primary industries, manufacturing, entertainment, education, science, health and private sector enterprises, technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, and touches upon nearly every aspect of our daily lives.
Whether you’re looking for a general IT course or something more specialised, TasTAFE offers a wide range of qualifications and study options.
Few professions offer the opportunities, challenges and rewards available to people working in health care occupations.
Employment opportunities in nursing are strong, varied and transferable. Employment in nursing will offer you the chance to work in a variety of locations and service environments, including hospitals, primary and community health, aged care, home-based day support programs, leisure and recreation facilities, employment support services and advocacy organisations.
If you choose to pursue a career in nursing, you will have the chance to make a real difference in people’s everyday lives. You will also work with other like-minded professionals.
If you are creative, enjoy designing and making things with different materials and using a variety of techniques, the creative industries area may be just the area of study for you.
A qualification in this area will allow you to develop abilities in creative and critical thinking along with specialised technical and design skills in the following areas:
screen and interactive digital media
visual arts practice in painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography, wood, printmaking, textiles or jewellery
At TasTAFE, you can gain the skills you need for entry into the dynamic creative industry.
Art & Design
If you like working with young people and children, completing a qualification in the Early Childhood Education and Care area can lead to a wide range of rewarding career options that could be just right for you.
Employment opportunities include a career in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector working with children in long day care centres, outside school hours care services or family day care, or a role as a teacher assistant in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools or colleges.
Aged and Community Care
Few professions offer the opportunities, challenges and rewards available to people working in the health, aged care and disability services industries.
Employment opportunities in these vital sectors are strong and varied. A qualification in one of these areas are highly sought after – with the sectors being considered as some of Tasmania’s (and Australia’s) largest employment growth areas.
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) graduates have the opportunity to work in community health and/or residential setting which provides individual -centered support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.
The combined aged care and Home and Community Care qualification allow graduates to seek employment in a variety of locations and service environments, primary and community health, aged care, home-based and mental health settings, as well as group homes, day support programs, leisure and recreation facilities, employment support services and advocacy organisations.
Like all other Australian education providers, the entry requirement for studying at TasTAFE is English Language understanding – all of our courses are delivered in English.
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirement for direct entry into your chosen course (see table below), TasTAFE can offer you tuition at the English Language Centres located in Hobart or Launceston.
TasTAFE accepts English language scores from IELTS, TOEFL and the Pearson Test for English. Please submit your latest education transcript and English test results with your application form so that our admissions team can process your application quickly.
If you have not completed one of the above-mentioned English language tests, TasTAFE can provide you with an Oxford Online test to complete.
Please note: Whilst the Oxford Online test is accepted by TasTAFE as a demonstration of English Language level, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may require an IELTS test as part of your student visa application process. Please talk to your nearest Department of Immigration and Border Protection office for more information.