Q: What is a recognised qualification?
There are many training courses and training package providers in Australia, and sometimes it can be hard to tell what type of qualification you can expect to walk away with on completion.
Learners must have the confidence to choose a course from an accredited training provider and receive quality training and assessment for the industry they work in/wish to work in.
A recognised qualification is the formal result of a completed VET (vocational education and training) accredited course. These courses are delivered by a higher education provider who is registered with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This means they meet all of the requirements and units of competency set out by the ASQA. As a result, the VET qualification achieved by completing this course is quality assured and accepted by employers, other course providers, or universities.
Vocational training is an education system that provides qualifications set to the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework). These qualifications prepare the learner with practical skills for the workforce at an entry level, for a career change, to upskill or as a pathway to further qualifications.
Nationally recognised VET qualifications can be provided by:
- Private RTOs (registered training organisation)
- Public providers (like TAFE)
Vet qualifications are:
- Certificate i, certificate ii, certificate iii and certificate iv
- Graduate certificate
- Advanced Diploma
A complete list of recognised higher education qualifications can be found on the national register at training.gov.au.
Where else can I get a VET qualification?
You can gain a high quality VET qualification in some industries through an apprenticeship or traineeship and earn money while you learn.