Vocational study

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With a diverse range of certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas, it's never been easier to find the right fit for you.

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The Victorian State Government is covering the cost of 42 priority courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses at institutions that offer TAFE courses.

Fee finder

So you’ve picked what course you want to study but want to find out how much you’ll pay to get started? Get an estimate of fees for your vocational education program.

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Frequently asked questions

Here's some answers to the most popular vocational study questions to help you make the next step.

One important difference between TAFE courses and traditional university degrees is that TAFE adheres to the VET (Vocational Education and Training) approach, which means that learning is more practical in nature.

If you like to be practical – and prefer supported learning  – then vocational study has you covered. But if you like to deep dive into research and enjoy independent learning, then a university degree would probably be more your style. 

University degrees will generally explore more theory while vocational study focuses on gaining specific skills.

How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

You will be offered a government-subsidised place if you meet the eligibility criteria based on your citizenship, age and educational history. You must also live in Victoria during your studies.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a government-subsidised place, you’ll be offered a full-fee place.

Find your fee

The best and quickest way to check your fee amount is to enter the program code of your preferred course into the RMIT fee finder. If you don’t know what the program code is - you can find this code on the RMIT program’s webpage under the ‘Details’ section.  

Do you offer a payment plan or loans?

The Australian Government provides financial assistance in the form of VET Student Loans for eligible students enrolling in eligible courses. 

You can browse an online list of RMIT courses that are eligible for a VET Student Loans. 

More information about vocational study fees.

The great thing about vocational study is that many courses do not have difficult academic requirements - sometimes none at all!

The Admissions section on each course page details the entry requirements relating to prerequisites and selection tasks for submission, if relevant.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements for the course I want to study?

There's often more than one way to get into a degree so don’t worry if you don’t meet all the criteria at first. Study pathways provide opportunities for you to transfer from one course to another based on your previous educational experience. 

RMIT also offers pre-university study that allows you to develop academic skills, improve your English or gain the confidence to study a university course.

RMIT recognises prior learning, so if you want to improve your current knowledge or skill level, you don’t necessarily have to start at certificate to finally walk away with an advanced diploma. Being acknowledged for previous study may reduce the duration of your course and save you money.

When you apply you will be asked to note previous study which will be considered with your application. Once you’ve been made an offer you will need to fill out a credit application form and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Some certificates and diplomas allow you to earn credit, or guaranteed entry into a degree at a later stage. There are a number of recognised pathway options so check your course or interest area to see what's offered.

Every course is different, with our flexible learning options classes are available during the day, evening and weekends.

The timetable for our courses are not being finalised until applications have closed. However, as a student you will be able to access and manage your timetable by logging into the RMIT myTimetable system to select your classes.

Find more information about timetabling at RMIT

At RMIT University we have a wide range of jobs and career resources to help you build your future career:  

  • Free Resume and Cover Letter reviews
  • Help to find job opportunities 
  • Careers workshops and events
  • Booking in a Careers Consultation
  • Learn more about job ready programs such as Future Edge, Industry Mentoring and Jobs on Campus

No matter what your careers question might be, you can get in touch with our Job Shop Team.

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