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 TAFE Courses in Victoria
As far as flexibility is concerned, learning doesn’t come more lenient 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 in your own time.
Finally, many TAFE courses are endorsed by professional industry bodies and can even qualify students for particular levels of membership.
Here are some of the most popular TAFE courses in Victoria, many of which are 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
There are a number of TAFE Institutes on offer in Victoria, so no matter where you live, either in the suburbs or rural, TAFE courses are always accessible. Don’t forget, you can even undergo a TAFE course online.
Holmesglen is one of the biggest TAFE course providers in Victoria with several campuses, including Chadstone, Glen Waverly, Southbank City, Moorabbin and North Melbourne. Holmesglen offers over 100 TAFE courses, including a 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
Box Hill Institute is a renowned TAFE provider in Melbourne, with courses for local and international students on a part-time, full-time or distance learning basis. Box Hill has three campuses in Melbourne: Box Hill, Lilydale and Melbourne. Box Hill Institute 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
Chisholm Institute of TAFE is located in south-east Melbourne but has facilities for TAFE courses all over Victoria, including Frankston, Berwick, Wonthaggi, Cranbourne, Dandenong and Rosebud. 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, 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 and Castlemaine. 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 (located 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)
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.
Melbourne Polytechnic (previously NMIT) has seven campuses, including Broadmeadows, Collingwood, Epping, Fairfield, Heidelburg West, Prahran and Preston. 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
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.
Federation offers many different courses across a variety of institutes, especially along the coastline of Victoria. Their campuses include; Bairnsdale, Chadstone, Fulham, Lakes Entrance, Leongatha, Morwell, Newborough, Sale, Traralgon and Warragul. They have almost 200 combined courses on offer as well, which are all available full-time, part-time or externally through online medium. Some of their favourite courses include a Certificate I in information, digital media and technology, Certificate II in Agriculture and a Certificate II in Automotive.
Gordon Institute of TAFE (The Gordon)
The Gordon Institute is the TAFE Institute that offers vocational education to regional Victoria, especially in Western Victoria. It’s one of the largest institutes and serves many full- time, part- time and online courses, with many short courses available as well. It has four campuses, locating in and around Geelong, one of Victoria’s largest towns. These campuses include; Colac, East Geelong, Geelong and Werribee. Some of the courses it has to offer are the Certificate IV in Accounting, Diploma of Building and Construction and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
GOTAFE (Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE)
GOTAFE is the primary provider of TAFE courses in Northern Victoria, offering over 250 courses to almost 20,000 students. its courses are flexible and provide hands- on training. Some of the campus locations include; Benalla, Leongatha, Seymour, Shepparton, Terang, Wangaratta, Warragul and Werribee. Some note-worthy courses include Certificate I in Food Processing, Certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair.
South West Institute of TAFE, SW TAFE
As the title suggests, South West TAFE offers vocational courses in the South West of Victoria. They offer a wide range of accredited programs, including short courses in a variety of subject fields and University pathways. Some of their most popular courses include the: Certificate III in Beauty Services, Certificate III in Business Administration and the Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism. There are currently five campuses in Victoria, at Hamilton, Portland, Colac and two in the Warrnambool region.
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, SuniTAFE
SuniTAFE, as it’s known, is one of the leading TAFE providers in the North- West of the state. It offers a great range of training facilities and equipment, and courses ranging from a Certificate III in Automotive Administration through to a Certificate III in Hairdressing. It currently has many campuses available to students, located in Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Ouyen and an operational training farm in Cardross.
Victoria Polytechnic is an excellent provider of TAFE qualifications at Victoria University. It boasts one of the largest collections of TAFE courses in Victoria, with some of the most popular courses including a Certificate III in Individual Support, Diploma in Nursing and a Certificate III in Fitness.
William Angliss Institute
The William Angliss Institute is the leading provider of TAFE courses in food, tourism, hospitality and events in Australia. Courses cover a whole range of qualification levels, with many offering a chance to undergo further study in a specialist area. Some of the favourite courses at William Angliss include; Certificate IV in Patisserie, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate III in Hospitality and a Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism. Currently, the only campus in Victoria is in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
Situated in Albury-Wodonga, right on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Wodonga TAFE offers hands- on training and education in qualifications ranging from a Certificate through to Advanced Diploma level.