TVET - Technical and Vocational Education and Training


While studying for your Higher School Certificate, consider getting a head-start on the road to your future career and pick up important life skills along the way.

TVET Courses are a great study option because they allow you to:

  • complete NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) - previously BOSTES - units that count towards your HSC
  • gain practical skills that will make you job-ready
  • experience an adult learning environment
  • start or complete a nationally recognised TAFE NSW qualification at the same time as you do your HSC
  • prepare for further study and reduce study time post school
  • choose from courses that are not offered at school
  • meet other students who have the same interests as you
  • meet teachers who are connected to their industry and are experts in their fields.

TVET Course Guide

Find out everything you need to know about TVET including our courses in tourism, hospitality, horticulture, construction and engineering, health and community services, information technology, media and business.

For more information about our TVET courses download:

TVET Course Guide
2018 TVET Course List
2018 TVET Online Course List

What is TVET?

TVET is your chance to study at TAFE while you are still at school. TVET courses are studied in conjunction with your senior schooling years. Students who successfully complete a TVET course will receive a nationally-recognised qualification, TAFE NSW statement or transcript of academic record. TVET courses allow you to get a head start after the HSC, and will give you credit in further TAFE study.

TVET courses classified as Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) if you choose to sit for the optional Higher School Certificate exam. TVET courses provide you with dual accreditation from the NSW Education Standards Authority and TAFE NSW.

How will TVET fit into my school timetable?

TVET students attend scheduled classes on-site at one of our locations in addition to their regular school study schedule. Most TVET courses are run on a TVET school day (usually Tuesday afternoon for four hours). Check with your Career Advisor about what happens at your school. All necessary equipment and uniforms are provided.

Some courses have mandatory work placement which is generally 35 hours (1 week full time) per year of study. We will find the work placement for you and assist you in preparing for this experience. Work placement is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the workplace and develop your employability skills.

Does my TVET course count towards my Higher School Certificate?

There are two categories of TVET courses:

  • Board Developed Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF): these courses may count towards your BOSTES Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and has mandatory work placement. You must have studied the course for 240 hours to be eligible for the HSC exam. Extension courses are available in selected ICF areas and are subject to demand.
  • Boarded Endorsed: these courses are endorsed by the NESA and can count towards the units for the HSC but do not have an HSC exam so will not contribute to an ATAR. The units of competency that you complete will give you credit toward further TAFE study after the HSC. The second year of a Board Endorsed Course will only run if there are viable student numbers to facilitate a class.

How can I apply for TVET?

Meet with your school Careers Advisor to talk about your TVET options.
Careers advisors should apply through the EVET Tool.

Student rights and obligations policies

Students in TVET courses are enrolled in TAFE and are subject to TAFE NSW student rights and obligations policies. For TVET students, TAFE NSW reports course progress and any issues regarding satisfactory course completion to the student’s home school.


We provide a range of services to support you through your study and in all areas of student life. Learn more about our services.

Our students

Kate Croker

Kate Croker

TVET student and International Worldskills Winner

"Studying a TVET course was the best decision I made - the course gave me the practical skills I needed in industry, whilst still covering the important theoretical aspects. TVET also gave me the opportunity to represent Australia and compete at the International Worldskills Competition where I achieved a silver medal. The opportunities are endless."

Kate’s pathway to success started with TVET:

  • Certificate II in Hospitality (TVET)
  • Statement of Attainment in Events (TVET)
  • Certificate III in Events
  • Diploma of Events
  • Advanced Diploma of Events.

More information

R/TVET Manager School Partnerships and Programs
Jillian Abell
Phone: (02) 9941 5304

TVET Work Placement Coordinator
Daniella Vecchiolla
Phone: (02) 9941 5285 or 0437 457 613

TVET Customer Service Coordinator
Rachel Browne
Phone: (02) 9941 5259