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TAFE qualifications

Diploma
Prepares students for work that requires a broad range of complex technical skills and in-depth knowledge. Diploma courses often include training in management, planning and evaluation, budgeting and finance, and equip participants with the higher level knowledge and skills of their chosen vocational area.

Certificate IV
Teaches supervisory and advanced technical skills, which may build on skills already acquired in the workplace, through a Certificate III or its equivalent.

Certificate III
Helps students develop strong skills in a range of occupational areas. Certificate III courses can often be completed as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Certificate II
Provides participants with the basic knowledge and skills to undertake employment in a defined context. Studying a Certificate II may include undertaking a traineeship with an on-the-job component.

Certificate I
Helps participants develop foundation skills required for initial employment, community involvement and/or further study.

Skill sets
Are nationally accredited programs containing one or more units of competency. These courses are designed to give participants a work outcome in the minimum timeframe. Skill sets also form part of a larger qualification, providing credit should participants wish to complete the full qualification at a later date.

Short courses
Are non-accredited courses that typically take less than 40 nominal hours to complete. These courses are designed for a specific purpose and are not usually linked to a larger training course.

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