About Vocational Education & Training (VET)

If you are embarking on a Vocational Education & Training journey as an employer, employee or simply a prospective student, the following information will provide a good introduction.

What is Vocational Education & Training?

Vocational Education & Training (often known as VET) is a tertiary form of study in Australia that provides nationally recognised qualifications up to an Associate degree. These qualifications are focused on workplace skills and technical knowledge.

Vocational Education & Training often compliments employment. This could be in the form of a traineeship or to obtain formal qualification for a skill that is applied in the workplace.

Why Choose Vocational Education & Training?

Why Choose Vocational Education & Training?

Improve Career Prospects

Obtaining a nationally recognised qualification can help with an internal promotion or a new job opportunity.


Study is undertaken during the course of employment and often at the workplace saving time with less lifestyle disruption.

Cost Effective

Tuition fees are lower than university and are often paid for by your employer. In identified skill shortage areas, government subsidies can also apply.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

As the name suggests, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of obtaining a qualification from the skills already acquired during the course of employment.

Your experience in the workplace count as credits towards subjects that make up a nationally recognised qualification.

This is suitable for people who are well established in their career but have not yet received any formal qualification. It provides due recognition to assist in career advancement.

Vocational Education & Training Glossary

Vocational Education & Training. The area of study that provides nationally recognised qualifications up to Associate degree level, focused on workplace skills and technical knowledge. Find out more.

Assessment of skills obtained during the course of employment that are transferable to be credited towards a formal qualification. Find out more.

A company who has been accredited by ASQA to train, assess and issue nationally recognised qualifications. Opportune Professional Development is an RTO (RTO ID: 60072)

The national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.

A government-funded, not-for-profit organisation that supports apprentices and trainees find job placements and help ensure they enter into a formal training agreement with their employer with a reputable training company.

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