Queensland is known as Australia’s Sunshine State, but it’s not just the marvellous weather that attracts local and international students to its shores, Queensland is also home to some of the best TAFE institutes in the country.
The diversity of courses and study programs available, the flexibility of study options, state-of-the-art facilities, and the support services are all reasons why students come to Queensland.
TAFE Queensland was created from the amalgamation of three large former TAFE Institutes which included:
- Brisbane north Institute of TAFE (BNIT)
- Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT)
- Southbank Institute of TAFE
Here’s an overview of what’s available.
Popular TAFE Courses in Queensland
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate III in Education Support (Teacher’s Aide)
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
- Diploma of Share Trading and Investment
- Certificate II in Nail Technology
- Certificate IV in Small Business Management
- Diploma of Events
- Certificate III in Disability
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What TAFE Study Options are Available to Me in Queensland?
If you take Queensland TAFE’s word for it, Queensland is not just the Sunshine State; it’s also the Smart State. So, it’s only right that ’s TAFE courses meet the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and are well recognised for their high-quality offerings.
TAFE Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are all available. Apprenticeship and traineeship programs are also offered for specific trades. Courses and training programs are available in several different formats; Full-time, part-time, online, on-campus, blended, and workplace-based.
Queensland TAFE’s Locations
Similarly to some of the other state-based TAFE institutes, Queensland TAFE is divided into different regions or locations. These includes:
- TAFE Brisbane
- TAFE Gold Coast
- TAFE East Coast
- TAFE South West
- TAFE Queensland North
- TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
There’s a wide range of courses available through these providers, and even if you can’t find a location, you’re sure to find a course that can be completed online, thanks to Queensland TAFE’s commitment to providing online study options to students, 269 online or electronic courses in total.
The full list of subject fields offered through the TAFE include:
If you’re not entirely sure what you want to study, you can always start off with a short course. Short courses can be used to suss out a particular field. But that’s not all; they are also great for people who want to develop their hobbies, and are perfect for professionals who need to brush up their skills, as well as for employers who want to give their employees some additional training.
QLD TAFE offers two kinds of short courses: Accredited short courses that result in a Statement of Attainment (which is what professionals and students are looking for), and non-accredited short courses, or Adult Community Education (ACE) courses (which is where you’ll find the hobbyists).
Queensland TAFE Institutes
TAFE Queensland is made up of 5 TAFE institutes which are spread across the state to provide quality education to people no matter where they live. The institutes, in turn, consist of several different campuses, many of which specialise in certain fields of study.
TAFE Queensland north
TAFE Queensland North offers its range of online, on-campus and blended learning courses from seven campuses. It also offers workplace training courses, TVET, and apprenticeships and traineeships. Campuses include:
- Charters Towers
- Mount Isa
- Torres Strait
- Airlie Beach
TAFE Queensland Brisbane
TAFE Queensland Brisbane has multiple campuses with state-of-the-art facilities catering to over 40,000 students in the northern reaches of the city. No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive. Some of the study options include apprenticeships in Animal Science, Hairdressing, Hospitality, IT, and Warehousing. TAFE certificates and diplomas for local and international students are offered in anything from Accounting and Education to Children’s Services. The campuses include:
- Bracken Ridge
- Alexandra Hills
- Browns Plains
- Mount Gravatt
- South Bank
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has five campuses from which it offers its range of courses. One of the great things about Gold Coast TAFE is the partnerships it has with several universities in the region. These allow students to use their TAFE diplomas and advanced diplomas as pathways to undergraduate degrees. The five campuses include:
- Coomera Marine
TAFE Queensland Skills Tech
SkillsTech offers award-winning courses from four campuses in Brisbane. It’s won the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) of the Year award three times, and its teachers and students have also received many awards to add to the institute’s reputation for outstanding education. Industries covered include Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrotechnology, Manufacturing and Engineering, Sustainable and Renewable Energies/Water, and Mining, Gas and Resources. Campuses include:
- Acacia Ridge
- Eagle Farm
- Bracken Ridge
- Alexandra Hills
TAFE South West
TAFE South West has campuses, each of which offers a range of different courses and apprenticeships. It also offers workplace training for employees who want to upskill their workers. Its ten campuses include:
TAFE Queensland East Coast
TAFE Queensland East Coast has campuses offering a range of nationally recognised courses in the region. The qualifications on offer include accredited short courses, TAFE certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas, TAFE in schools, apprenticeships and traineeships. The campuses include:
- Hervey Bay
Queensland for students
Queensland boasts some of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. Combine these attractions, which include the Great Barrier Reef, with the high quality of its many TAFE institutes and you’ll understand why students from all over the world call the state home.
The cost of living is reasonable, which suits students’ pockets. Public transport is plentiful and reliable throughout the state.
Students are strongly advised to get an Overseas Student Health Cover card to ensure that they can benefit from the comprehensive healthcare system.