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Vocational education

Vocational education and training, (VET) is “education and training for work”.  It exists to develop and recognise the competencies or skills of learners. These work related skills provide a wide range of options for students while they are still attending school and for post school, as they transition to their career pathways.

VET provides students with a start to their careers by acquiring work related knowledge and skills. Students can study Certificate I to IV levels at school and can progress as far as a degree with recognition of achievement throughout. Alternately, students can enrol in VET courses after leaving school.

VET at Cairns School of Distance Education

Cairns SDE offers VET courses to students in Year 10 to 12 at Certificate I, II and III level. Students may access these certificate levels or higher VET qualifications through TAFE, other recognised Registered Organisations (RTOs), or through another school of distance education. Qualified trainers/assessors at Cairns SDE deliver the courses to students under the requirements of the RTO, ensuring that courses meet the standards of the Vocational Qualification Framework (VQF) and National Skills Standard Council (NSSC).

VET course enrolment and fees

  • After semester one students will be able to enrol in a certificate II or III under exceptional circumstances only.

  • Students may need to participate in an interview with the VET head of department or teacher to ascertain course suitability prior to enrolment.

  • VET course fees are set at the time of enrolment and are non-refundable as Cairns SDE delivers certificate courses through external RTOs.