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Catholic Education South Australia

Vocational education and training (VET)

Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to acquire skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course. VET is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs).

Undertaking VET may benefit students’ exploration of a variety of career pathways; it is not just reserved for a pathway within the trades (e.g. plumbing, automotive, and construction). Students can complete VET qualifications in a diverse range of industries, including business administration, veterinary nursing, aged care, or sport and recreation.

Why study VET?

VET is an excellent choice of study for many students. It always includes practical, hands-on learning, and it can lead to excellent jobs in many fields.

Studying VET as part of the SACE gives students a head start on a qualification, which is a great way to fast-track progress towards a rewarding career, while also developing independence and time-management skills.


As part of their SACE, students can complete vocational education and training (VET) that is within the AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework). The SACE Board’s recognition arrangements enable students to build meaningful pathways in the SACE through VET.

The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE include recognition of:

  • completed qualifications
  • partly completed qualifications (for which a student has completed one or more units of competency).

The SACE Board recognises VET that:

  • is listed on the website
  • is delivered and assessed by, or under the auspices of, registered training organisations (RTOs), which are registered to deliver and/or assess the VET qualification
  • is delivered and assessed in accordance with the VET Quality Framework
  • can be certified on a transcript, statement of attainment, or qualification issued by an RTO.

The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 &/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The training you do as part of your School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) can also count towards your SACE.

An SBAT gives you the unique opportunity to combine VET training, with an employment contract whilst still completing your SACE.

SBATS are generally highly valued by employers and are a valid pathway for students to transition from school to employment, further training or higher education.

SBATS are not just available in the traditional trade pathways, such as Plumbing, Automotive, Hair and Beauty, Building and Construction for example, but can be undertaken in areas such as Business and Administration, Sport and Recreation, Dental Assistance just to name a few.

VET for tertiary entrance

VET can count towards tertiary entrance for university and TAFE.

The three South Australian universities, TAFE SA, and Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory) have determined that Recognised Studies may contribute to an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) and a TAFE SA Selection Score.

For completed VET qualifications to count as Recognised Studies, they must be:

  • Certificate III level (or higher) in the AQF (Australian Quality Framework)
  • recognised in the SACE at Stage 2 for at least 10 credits.

Recognised Studies, including VET, can only count to a maximum of 20 credits in an ATAR and/or a TAFE SA Selection Score. Students also need to satisfy all other university entrance criteria.



The SACE gives students flexibility in their studies, as well as opportunities to gain recognition for knowledge and skills they have acquired through a wide range of formal education and training, and other learning processes. VET can be used as a pathway to achieving the SACE.

The SACE Board has policies and guidelines for these recognition arrangements which can be read at


Want more information?

Have a conversation with your School’s VET coordinator or go to the VET in SACE website 


The information contained in this fact sheet has been adapted from the VET in SACE Website

June 2017


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