If you want flexibility in your studies and the chance to get practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge then perhaps you should consider TAFE courses. TAFE courses are nationally recognised, so even if you start off studying in Melbourne, Vic, you can move to Sydney, NSW and end up in Perth, WA. In many cases they also serve as pathways to university, so if you decide that you want to build on your diploma from RMIT, you can enrol and get one year off your Bachelor’s degree.
Popular Victorian TAFE Courses
As far as flexibility is concerned, learning doesn’t come any more agile than TAFE. You can study TAFE courses part-time, full-time and online. There are also short courses available so that you can keep up the demands of continuous professional development.
Finally, many TAFE courses are endorsed by professional industry bodies and can even qualify students for certain levels of membership.
Here are some of the most popular TAFE courses in Victoria, many of which can be delivered online:
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate III in Education Support (Teacher’s Aide)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
- Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
- Certificate IV in Business Administration
TAFE Institutes, Colleges and Campuses in Victoria
Holmesglen is one of the biggest TAFE course providers in Victoria with several campuses, including Chadstone Campus, Southbank City Campus, Moorabbin Campus, Moorabbin-Bulli Street Campus and Waverley Campus. Holmesglen offers TAFE courses at the beginning of the year as well as mid-year, such as Certificate II in Community Recreation – Sport and Recreation, Certificate III in Business Administration, Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design Practice. Holmesglen, Vic, also offers TAFE short courses such as Adobe InDesign, Bricklaying and Basic Food Safety training.
Box Hill Institute is a renowned TAFE provider in Melbourne, Vic, with courses for local and international students on a part-time, full-time or distance learning basis. Box Hill has three campuses in Melbourne: Elgar Campus, Nelson Campus and Whitehorse Campus and offers TAFE courses like Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Certificate IV in Floristry specialising in Small Business, Diploma of Tourism Specialising in Operations and Marketing, Advanced Diploma of Hospitality specialising in Management, and Associate Degree in Biotechnology.
Chisholm Institute of TAFE is located in south east Melbourne but has facilities for TAFE courses all over Vic, including Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Wonthaggi and Cranbourne. Chisholm TAFE courses include Certificate II in Community Services, Certificate III in Children’s Services, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, Diploma of Financial Risk Management, Advanced Diploma of Accounting, and short courses such as Intro to AutoCad
Kangan Institute has six TAFE campuses in Victoria: Broadmeadows, Essendon, Melbourne CBD, Moonee Ponds, Richmond and Docklands. Kangan’s TAFE courses include Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate IV in Marketing, Diploma of Project Management, Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse), and short courses such as Virtual Merchandising, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships in Melbourne, Vic.
Bendigo TAFE has three campuses in Bendigo, Victoria, as well as campuses in Echuca, Castlemaine and Kyneton. Courses available include Hospitality and Cookery, IT, Aged Care, Nursing and Allied Health, Engineering, Construction & Building Courses, and short courses such as Introduction to Philosophy and Advanced MYOB. Bendigo TAFE also serves as a pathway to several universities in Victoria, including La Trobe (based in Melbourne, with campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton), Monash (based in Melbourne, with campuses in Gippsland, Berwick, Caulfield and Parkville) and the University of Ballarat (with campuses in Ararat, Ballarat, Horsham and Stawell).
RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) offers TAFE courses at three campuses in Melbourne, Vic (Melbourne City, Brunswick and Bundoora) and two campuses in Vietnam. RMIT offers a variety of TAFE courses, including Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Diploma of IT, and Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering, as well as short courses such as Adobe Photoshop for Fashion and Aromatherapy for Wellness.
NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) has seven campuses, including Collingwood (near the Melbourne CBD), Fairfield, Ararat, Epping and Greensborough. NMIT TAFE courses available include Certificate II in Engineering, Certificate III in Visual Arts, Certificate IV in Aromatherapy, Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, Associate Degree of Accounting and short courses in Practical Photography.
Swinburne University of Technology has campuses all over Victoria, including Melbourne, Croydon, Lilydale, Hawthorn and Healesville; it offers TAFE courses including those related to engineering and technology, hospitality, tourism and event management, and business commerce and management.
TAFE VC is the online learning platform associated with www.tafe.vic.gov.au. TAFE VC is technically located in Melbourne, Vic, but its online platform means that it’s open to students all over Australia. It offers courses such as Certificate II in Tourism, Certificate III in IT, Certificate IV in Screen and Media, Diploma of Engineering (Civil) and Advanced Diploma of Agriculture.