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TAFE qualifications

Awards and qualifications

We offer a wide range of awards and qualifications to suit your needs wherever you are on your career path, you can begin with a Certificate I and work your way all the way through to a Higher Education qualification.

Qualifications you can achieve at TAFE include:

  • Course
  • Certificate I 
  • Certificate II​
  • Certificate III 
  • Certificate IV 
  • Diploma 
  • Advanced Diploma

Our award courses are in line with the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF). The AQTF establishes standard titles and levels for courses across Australia. North Metropolitan TAFE accredits all of our award courses which are then registered with to obtain national status.

All of our accredited courses, and the qualification you can achieve from these, are therefore nationally recognised. ​


Overview of graduate attributes


Usually set at a study level that is below the standards required for Certificate I, or is suited to students gaining registration in an industry.

Certificate I

This first level of qualification covers training in some basic skills and routine tasks. ​

Certificate II

You will move on to acquire operational knowledge in skill areas where you can apply solutions to predictable problems.

Certificate III

You will learn additional theoretical knowledge and develop higher skills for solving a variety of problems. A person with this qualification would be able to use discretion and judgement in interpreting information and applying skills.

Certificate IV

At this level you are developing a broad knowledge base. You learn to analyse and evaluate information and to apply the knowledge and skills to a wide variety of contexts. With this qualification you could be expected to take limited responsibility for the work of other people. The duration of the Certificate IV is usually one year full-time or equivalent part-time.


VET diploma courses involve up to two years full-time study or equivalent part-time study. At this level, you are given broad theoretical knowledge and/or technical and creative skills at substantial depth. Analysis, judgement and planning are involved across a broad range of technical and/or management situations.

Graduates at this level could be expected to work autonomously in complex technical operations or to coordinate their own work or the work of others.

Advanced Diploma

The VET advanced diploma takes your study towards expert level with specialist skills beyond the diploma. This often sets you up as being able to apply for supervisor or manager roles in your chosen field.

Similar to diplomas, many advanced diplomas are eligible for a VET Student Loan.


Page last updated October 15, 2020