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Guide to TAFE Courses in Darwin

Darwin is the largest city in Australia’s Northern Territory, which is fitting as it’s the state’s capital. It is closer (geographically and also in a business-sense) to many cities in South East Asia than it is to the other capital cities in Australia. This not only gives it an interesting and exciting culture and lifestyle, but it also ensures that its economy is stable and that there are plenty of employment opportunities for TAFE students, including graduates and those who are working while they learn.

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What TAFE study options are available to me in Darwin?

TAFE in Darwin is provided by Charles Darwin University’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) department. It offers the full range of TAFE study options, from VET in Schools (VETiS) to university articulation courses.

Students can choose from full-time on-campus programs to part-time online programs, depending on their budget, availability, and preferences.

Semester courses

TAFE courses from Charles Darwin University are offered on a semester basis. This means there are two registration dates and two exam periods per year. You need to pay careful attention to the dates because if you miss one you could set back your studies by at least six months.

Note that not all of the courses are available in both semesters. Some courses are only available in either semester one or semester two. It’s best to contact the university to find out when the course you’re interested in is available.

Short courses

There are short courses for every job and hobby imaginable. Some short courses at Charles Darwin University are nationally accredited and can be used for business purposes or as credits for TAFE certificate and diploma courses. Others are not accredited and are ideal for those looking for develop new hobbies or interests.

A sample of short courses available includes:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Introduction to MYOB
  • Dealing with Difficult People and Situations
  • Applying Make-up
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Waxing Treatments
  • iPhone Short Film Production
  • Photography
  • Photoshop Intensive
  • CAD Basic and Advanced
  • Restricted Electrical License
  • NT White Card
  • Advanced Welding
  • Work Safely at Heights
  • Chainsaw Operators
  • Tractor Operation
  • SMARTtrain Chemical Accreditation
  • Barista
  • Cake Decorating
  • Frontline Management

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Correspondence courses

Many of Charles Darwin University’s courses are available online via Learnline, which is an online learning environment facilitated by Blackboard. Online study areas include:

  • Indigenous and Australian Studies
  • Business & Economics
  • Computing & IT
  • Education & Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Medicine & Health
  • Tertiary Enabling Program

Darwin TAFE Institutions

Charles Darwin University ensures that its students enter the workforce as fully-equipped and capable individuals who can make a constructive contribution to businesses and industries immediately, without any period of adjustment. To help the university meet this goal, it has several work training centres for its students. Training centres include, Karawa training restaurant in Palmerston (which a satellite city of Darwin), and hair and beauty salons on the Palmerston Campus.

Its other TAFE certificate and diploma courses are nationally accredited and are known for their quality in Australia and internationally.

A sample of the TAFE certificate and diploma courses available in Darwin includes:

  • Certificate I in Conservation & Land Management
  • Certificate I in Business
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology
  • Certificate III Aged Care
  • Certificate III in Occupational Health & Safety
  • Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
  • Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology
  • Diploma of Tourism
  • Diploma of Business Design & Technology

Darwin for Students

Darwin is a very student-friendly city. From its eclectic culture with its resulting vibrant entertainment options to the public transport system which makes it easy to get around. Due to the cost of long-haul transport, some goods are more expensive in Darwin than in other more easily accessible cities in Australia, but there are plenty of opportunities to grab a bargain, and variety of markets provide essentials like food and clothing at low prices.

One of the most popular markets is Mindil Beach Sunset Market; you’d be a fool not to check it out.