Set yourself up for when you finish school!
We offer number of Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) programs for year 11 and 12 students attending school. Our programs provide you with a nationally recognised VET qualification whilst completing your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). It is also a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of a specific career pathway and develop industry specific skills which will get you ready for the workplace.
VETDSS pathways are the perfect introduction into the world of work. You will have the opportunity to learn in an adult environment with students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Attendance is usually one or two days a week and attend school for the remainder of the week as normal.
You will learn practical skills in year 11 and 12 while gaining an insight into the needs of the workplace. Success in your program can lead to employment or give you a head start in further studies and other nationally recognised qualifications.
Pre-Apprenticeship in Schools (PAiS)
If you are in year 11 or 12, the PAiS program involves attending school, completing a Certificate II Pre-Apprenticeship qualification with us, and completing work placements with at least two employers.
Graduate Year 12 with your WACE, a Pre-Apprenticeship in your chosen field and be a step ahead of others looking for apprenticeships. Gaining apprenticeships can be highly competitive and employers look favourably at the candidate who already has a proven track record of study, demonstrated the capacity to apply themselves to a formal TAFE course and can understand the practices and terminology associated with the trade in question, ahead of others in their age range.
Want to know more?
Download a VETDSS guide for your region.
Apply now for 2023!
Download your region's VETDSS guide (link above), browse our VETDSS courses below and contact your VET Coordinator for assistance with enrolling for next year.
Your school VET Coordinator can help or alternatively contact us on:
Phone: 1800 672 700
VETDSS Course List 2023
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Help people action their recovery plans.Assist Allied Health professionals including dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and podiatrists in providing the highest care to those in need.
Embark upon your career in the health sector in this rapidly growing field.
Allied health specialties are set to grow by 22% over the next 3 years, experiencing the second-highest growth across the health sector.
You will learn how to recognise healthy body systems, interpret and apply medical terminology, assist with an allied health program, and communicate and work in health or community services.
Successful completion of this course may qualify you to work as an assistant alongside allied health professionals, allowing you to specialise in dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, or podiatry services.
Certificate II in Aquaculture
Pursue your passion for aquatic life.Grow and raise life beneath the surface in this hands-on and rewarding course. Start your career in Aquaculture and begin learning the skills you'll need to create and sustain various life cycles.
Great careers don’t all grow on trees.
A Certificate II in Aquaculture will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist in the care and maintenance of fish stocks. You will learn skills in food handling, controlling pests, predators and diseases, handling and harvesting stock, maintaining and manipulating the water environment and applying chemicals and biological agents. It provides individuals with skills and knowledge to work as a field hand in an aquaculture operation such as a hatchery, sea cage or pond facility. It is applicable to school-based studies.
You will also gain knowledge and skills in:
- Controlling diseases
- Collecting broodstock
- Handling food
- Handling and harvesting stock
- Maintaining water environments and
- Applying chemicals and biological agents.
Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Light Vehicle Servicing Pre-apprenticeship)
Are you looking for a hands-on career in the automotive industry?This pre-apprenticeship will provide you with the skills employers are looking for in an apprentice.
Get started in the automotive industry.
If working with cars and trucks is what you would like to do, this course is the one for you. You'll learn how to service engines, and use and maintain workplace tools and equipment. After successful completion you may start an Apprenticeship in a range of areas including Motor Mechanic (light), Heavy Duty Road Transport, Mobile Plant, Automotive Electrician or Panel Beater.
You'll gain skills in:
- Communicating effectively
- Working in a team environment
- Planning, organising and problem solving skills
- Servicing a vehicle
- Performing general vehicle maintenance and small repairs
You will also have the opportunity to test your skills in the workplace through a Supervised Work Placement during this course.
Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations
Learn how to work with automated equipment
This course will provide VETDSS students with the knowledge and skills to perform tasks associated with working in an automated workplace.
Discover an overview of the historical development of automation and learn an in-depth coverage of current automation and insight into future extensions. The course will also equip current and prospective workers with the skills needed to demonstrate awareness in the following areas:
- What an autonomous workplace is
- How autonomous workplaces operate
- What unique safety systems are present
- How the human-machine interface operates
- How date is used within such workplaces.
Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship)
Kick-start your career in the Building and Construction Industry
The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) is an entry level course designed for learners, including school–based students, who are considering a career or a pathway into the construction industry. The course is a combination of practical workshops and theoretical learning, as well as a work placement component.
In this course, students will gain skills from industry specific training and form an understanding in the following:
- Preparing to work safely in the construction industry
- Working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
- Planning and organising work
- Conducting workplace communication
- Carrying out measurements and calculations
- Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
- Applying Work Health and Safety requirements, policies and procedures in the workplace
- Practicing asbestos awareness in the construction industry.
Certificate III in Business
Boost your skills and your opportunities.With industry and government forecasting a strong demand for office workers in coming years, you'll be just want employers want with a Certificate III in Business.
Be in high demand with skills that could take you anywhere.
This course will teach you skills and knowledge in basic MYOB, workplace organisation, customer service, workplace health and safety, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, creating electronic presentations and much more. On completion you will be ideal for roles in data entry, customer service, accounts or as an office clerk.
Certificate II in Community Services
Open the door to a career in caring for others.A career in community services is exceptionally rewarding. The Certificate II in Community Services provides an introduction to the general field of community services.
Make a difference to people's lives.
This course will introduce you to the community services industry. You'll gain the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills by completing this qualification.
You'll cover language, literacy and numeracy; further study and job options; study skills as well as communication and computing.
You will gains skills in:
- Information provision and processing
- Administration support
- Group support.
Start on your path to a career in Community Services, Aged Care, Children's Services or Disability Services.
Half price fees apply!
Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
Grow your career in conservation and ecosystem management here.Get the practical skills to begin your career in conservation and ecosystem management. Learn how to maintain and restore natural and cultural places, farmland, wildlife habitats and more.
Start a career working on the land.
Working in the conservation and land management industry is for people who love to work in the outdoor environment, and recognise the value in restoration of natural bushland and coastal areas. This is an ideal starting place for gaining employment or further training within the conservation industry.
You'll gain practical skills and knowledge to undertake a broad range of tasks in gardening, nursery work and landscaping, plus parks and gardens management. Conservation and land management is about the future as much as it is about the present. Develop skills in the field of natural resource management, land management, developing and leading teams to implement conservation and land management strategies and more.
Half price fees apply!
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
The sector is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators in this field to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
You'll learn how to interact and foster the development of the children while working within legal requirements and ensuring the children's health and safety are not at risk. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various childcare situations.
You will gain skills in:
- Caring for children
- Applying health and hygiene principles
- Understanding legal and ethical requirements
- Providing nutritional needs for babies and children
- Developing and implementing play experiences
- Understanding child development stages
- Working with families and working effectively in a team environment.
Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication Pre-Apprenticeship)
Your career in heavy metal starts here.Learn to use the latest technological developments in the fabrication and welding trade and learn to operate heavy fabrication equipment in a supportive and safe environment.
Are you looking for a career making heavy metal objects?
Following this pre-apprenticeship program, graduates can continue their studies in a metal fabrication apprenticeship. Metal fabricators and welders work in a diverse trade, applying a broad range of fabrication and welding skills to industries including: mechanical and civil engineering, mining resources sector, heavy haulage and road transport, agriculture machinery, construction, defence, refineries and materials bulk handling. Pre-apprentices are exposed to the latest technological developments in the fabrication and welding trade, including computer controlled metal plate cutting equipment.
Certificate II in Fishing Operations
Get on board with a fishing career today.Become a deckhand in the fishing industry with this pathway course to commercial fishing, ferries, charter boats and more. Love working on the open ocean? This qualification is for you.
Turn your passion for fishing into a career.
This qualification will give you the basic skills you need to start work in the fishing sector of the seafood industry. This course will teach you a broad range of routine processes and procedures which may include maintaining fishing gear, operating small vessels, using deck equipment, processing and basic marine science skills.
You will gain knowledge and skills in:
- Assisting with operation of fishing gear and equipment
- Basic processing and temperature control of harvest
- General cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel, and
- Handling, harvesting and sorting by-catch.
Certificate II in Horticulture
Grow your green career from here.If you're passionate about the environment, start with this entry-level course and learn the skills you need to work in gardening, nursery and landscaping settings.
Plant the seeds for a career working outdoors.
If you enjoy working in nature, cultivating gardens and love seeing your hard work flourish, this course is for you. In this entry-level qualification, you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge to work effectively in the horticultural industry. Horticulturists most commonly work in a gardening, nursery and landscaping setting.
Please note: This qualification is in transition, and the course code is subject to change
Half price fees apply!
Certificate II in Hospitality
Don't wait - your career serving others starts here.Lean practical skills and basic knowledge to prep you for work in various hospitality settings, such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes and more.
Get your hospitality career started.
If you want to work your way up the hospitality ladder, then the Certificate II in Hospitality is a great place to start. This qualification provides you with the opportunity to work under direct supervision in restaurants, hotels, motels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Students will gain practical skills in food and beverage preparation, and learn how best to interact with customers, while gaining skills in social and cultural sensitivity.
The hospitality industry employs hundreds of thousands of people across Australia. Demand for workers in this sector has traditionally been strong and employers are looking for those who are willing to develop their hospitality skills and knowledge.
Certificate III in Information Technology
For a career in almost any industry.Get a taste for some of the areas you can work in with this practical and rewarding course. Learn to use multiple programs, install systems, provide tech support and much more as you work towards a career working with technology.
If you're interested in working with computers but not quite sure what area to focus on, this is the course for you.
This course will give you a chance to sample a broad range of IT areas, from commonly used hardware and software to creating websites and editing video. Successful completion of this course will see you fully equipped to start your career in IT or get you ready for further study in your chosen field.
Skills gained include:
- Using software applications that can include (but are not limited to) Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, Advanced Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access)
- Installing and customising operating systems
- Providing technical advice and support
- Programming (HTML)
- Diagnostic support
- Creating user documentation
- Creating and updating websites.
Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Security)
Looking to commence an IT career?
When you complete the Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Security), you will be able to work towards working in roles such as ICT Technician, Help Desk Officer, Cyber Security support.
Gain these skills:
- Cloud services
- Cyber security risk analysis
- Networking and hardware
- Online security threat handling
- Cyber security awareness
All certificate III qualifications include these core skills:
- Programming, ethics and privacy
- Personal data protection
- Critical thinking
- Teamwork and ICT client support
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (Commercial Cookery/Patisserie Pre-Apprenticeship)
Get a taste for the commercial cookery industryThis course is perfect for getting your foot into a commercial kitchen. You'll learn the basic skills and knowledge to prepare and cook food.
Start your career in a commercial kitchen.
This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in such as in restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops; and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools. You'll learn practical food preparation and cookery skills including hygienic and safe work practices, cleaning kitchen and equipment, preparing dishes and correct storage of perishable items.
After completing this course you'll have the skills and knowledge required to begin a commercial cookery or chef apprenticeship.
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
Take a closer look at an exciting career.Learn the essential skills required to assist in a lab gathering data, testing samples, analysing results and more. The skills you learn with this qualification can take you into labs across multiple sectors and industries.
Take a closer look at a laboratory career.
With a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills you will gain skills in maintaining a laboratory, routine sampling and testing, recording data, and using laboratory computing programs. You will also learn how to prepare cultures, perform sterile techniques and assist with field work.
The work of technical assistants involves similar tasks within one scientific discipline with occasional peak periods and some interruptions. They work under the direction and regular supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel. The work of technical assistants is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks, and generally work in a team and may have responsibility for their own work outputs.
This qualification is in transition, and the course code is subject to change.
Certificate I in Leadership
Ready to start your career in leadership?
This qualification provides a good steppingstone for going into work and/or becoming actively involved in the community. It also provides you with employability skills applicable to a range of industries and careers — perfect to launch your own leadership journey!
- Explore your own skills and how you fit into a team.
- Learn problem solving skills and explore other leadership attributes.
- Recognise the various roles people can perform within the community and learn how to build your networks and confidence.
Certificate II in Plumbing (Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship)
The Certificate II in Plumbing is a pre-entry course for students seeking to gain an apprenticeship in the plumbing sector.
In this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the construction industry, how to safely install, alter, and repair pipework services and appliances to suit domestic, commercial and industrial needs, cold and hot water supply, gas supply, sewage, waste and rainwater disposal, how to install and repair roofing, gutters and drainpipes, and how to make buildings waterproof, and workplace health and safety.
- Enjoy practical work
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Able to work independently
- Able to work at heights and in various weather conditions
- Able to cope with the physical demands of the job, and
- Good interpersonal skills and good mobility.
Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies
Set yourself up for a life-saving and caring career.
When you complete the Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies you'll be a step closer to a career as an enrolled nurse.
You will gain the knowledge and skills to ease comfortably into studying nursing. You will learn about anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, medical terminology, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as study skills.
The Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies provides the academic knowledge for entry into the Diploma of Nursing.
Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics
A career in cosmetics starts here.This entry level qualification is a great start to your career in the make-up and cosmetic retail industry. You'll learn workplace communication, client interaction, selling and demonstrating make-up and so much more.
Get into in a rewarding career making people look and feel their very best.
Gain the necessary experience to become a retail sales staff member who works across a range of tasks to sell and demonstrate beauty or cosmetic products, this can include in workplaces like beauty and hairdressing salons, retail outlets and department stores. This certificate will prepare you for the basics within the beauty industry. Retail staff follow known routines and procedures and work under direct supervision.
You will also gain the skills to work as a freelance make-up artist or at a cosmetic counter, within a salon or a day spa.
Enhance your employment options by doing a dual qualification
At our Geraldton Campus this qualification is offered as a dual qualification with:
SHB20216 | Certificate II in Salon Assistant(opens in a new tab)
This entry level qualification will give you the start you need to work in a hairdressing salon. You will obtain the skills, knowledge and confidence to get your career as a hairdresser underway and improve your opportunities for obtaining a hairdressing apprenticeship.
As a salon assistant you will be the first staff member to greet a client for their appointment. It is your job to provide them with excellent customer service and ensure that the hairdressers have what they need throughout each appointment.
Certificate II in Rural Operations
Make a great living off the land.Work in rural operations is increasing in regional areas and around Western Australia. Get the skills to work in some of the exciting new operations happening near you and further afield.
Work in this industry and enjoy an outdoor office.
This qualification is delivered by industry experts who have years of experience working in rural environments. You will gain practical skills to work safely on rural work sites and carry out a range of manual tasks — as well as operate machinery and tools.
Students who complete this course can expect to find employment in entry level positions, in agriculture, market gardens, and mixed rural enterprises.
Certificate II in Salon Assistant
Make a career out of making people feel great.This course is perfect for getting your foot in the salon door, and getting to know various roles before you specialise later down the track. Walk-ins welcome.
Get ahead in a stylish career and be confident in any salon situation.
This entry level qualification will give you the start you need to work in a hairdressing salon. You'll obtain the skills, knowledge and confidence to get your career as a hairdresser underway and improve your opportunities for obtaining a hairdressing apprenticeship.
As a salon assistant you will be the first staff member to greet a client for their appointment. It's your job to provide them with excellent customer service and ensure that the hairdressers have what they need throughout each appointment.
You'll learn to:
- Shampoo, colour and braid hair
- Maintain hairdressing tools
- Schedule appointments
- Maintain salon presentation and merchandising techniques
- Adhere to workplace health and safety
Enhance your employment options by doing a dual qualification
At our Geraldton Campus this qualification is offered as part of a dual qualification with the below course:
SHB20116 | Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics(opens in a new tab)
This entry level qualification is a good start to your career in the make-up and cosmetic retail industry. You'll learn basic skills in workplace communication, client interaction, demonstrating and selling make-up and retail skin care products, and performing routine salon or store functions. Gain the necessary experience to become a retail sales staff member who works across a range of tasks to sell and demonstrate beauty or cosmetic products, this can include in workplaces like beauty and hairdressing salons, retail outlets and department stores.
Certificate III in Screen and Media
Your career in the media starts here.Immerse yourself in the vibrant and exciting media industry. You'll gain practical skills and knowledge, as well as develop your critical and creative thinking skills.
Mix your own demo, present live on-air and film and edit your own masterpieces.
This qualification is the perfect platform to kick-start your career in the media industry. Industry experts guide you to use industry-standard equipment and software. You'll learn and develop media skills, including the basics of sound recording and editing, video production, post-production, and skills for broadcast production or presentation.
Begin your journey into mastering your creativity, learning to write content for all types of media, and producing content for any platform, from Facebook to the film studio floor. Change how you think and feel about the media, develop your critical and creative thinking skills and open your mind to the possibilities of the media industry.
Certificate II in Tourism
Start a career that can take you anywhere.This course will give you the essential skills required to begin your career in the tourism, business and events industries. From here, the world is your oyster, and your career possibilities are endless.
Start your career in tourism here.
This entry level course will qualify you to work across a number of strong-growth industries such as tourism, business and events.
You will gain the knowledge to undertake routine tasks in using business technology, providing advice on Australian tourism destinations, providing visitor information, and understanding cultural sensitivity. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals are the best in the business and will give you the tools you need to get ahead.
Upon successful completion you will qualified to become a receptionist in a travel agency, a museum attendant, or office assistant for a tour operator.
Certificate III in Visual Arts
Sculpt your skills and your career path.Your career in Visual Arts is only limited by your imagination. Build on your current skills and knowledge in this course and expand your expertise across a wider range of visual art disciplines.
Creativity starts here.
In this qualification, you'll learn how to create two and three-dimensional forms in a variety of visual arts areas.
Our training will help you visualise, develop and present ideas and images and give you the skills to design and produce paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and electronic art and experiment with materials and techniques. You will also develop knowledge of art history and theory and gain an understanding of current art issues and trends.