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Guide to TAFE applications

Your guide to putting in the best application you can.

Now that you’ve decided TAFE is the place for you, it’s time to think about your application. Each course has a certain amount of places, so it’s important to give yourself the best possible chance of securing a place by submitting a good application.

We’ve put together some tips for doing your TAFE application:

  • Apply early  You may need to gather additional information for your application, so give yourself plenty of time to present yourself at your best
  • Save the date  Make a note of the key dates for TAFE Admissions, and save a reminder on your calendar.
  • Have a “Plan B”  In case you don’t get a place in your first choice of course, consider similar courses at different campuses or lower-level certificates. Enter more than one preference in your application so you have a backup if your first choice isn’t available. You can enter up to four preferences, so make the most of them.
  • List all your education history  Include all qualifications and courses you have done, even short courses. Don’t worry if these aren’t relevant to the course you’re applying for – include everything.
  • List all your work experience  Include all voluntary, paid, unpaid and community work. You might also need to provide evidence such as payslips, group certificates and references, so gather this early. Don’t worry if the work isn’t relevant to the course you’re applying for, your experience shows transferable skills that are considered as part of your application.
  • Make sure your contact details are correct  We will primarily contact your email address, so make sure it’s accurate and monitored regularly.
  • Don’t leave anything blank  Make sure you fill out all the fields on the application and check before you submit.
  • Read up about your preferred course to make sure it’s right for you Find out about the course on our website, read the Important Information tab (if it has one) and check if there are any specific entry requirements. Some requirements may be very specific to the course and can include a folio, or some other industry registration. To learn more about literacy and numeracy requirements for competitive and non-competitive courses, see the TAFE Admissions Guide(opens in a new tab) .

If you have further questions or need assistance or advice on careers, employment, traineeships and apprenticeships, you can also visit your local
Jobs and Skills Centre for help.

Good luck with your application!

We hope to see you soon at North Metropolitan TAFE.