VET Information


Vocational Education and Training

Students can undertake a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification while completing their Senior Secondary Certificate. There are a number of ways a student can do this:

  • BSSS VET courses where the college is a Registered Training Organisation
  • Undertaking a program of study with an external Registered Training Organisation
  • Through an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)
School based Registered Training Organisations 

The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies is responsible for ensuring that colleges offering courses leading to a nationally recognised vocational qualification meet relevant quality standards, and that appropriate policies and procedures are in place.

To achieve these standards, most ACT secondary colleges offering Years 11 and 12 have become Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

VET is delivered internally by college RTOs in V and C courses.

V courses are a component of an A,T or M course (for example A/V, T/V or M/V courses). This means that students can complete a VET qualification and still receive an A-E grade and, for T/V courses, a course score.

C courses are competency only courses and are given grades of 'Pass' or 'Participated' depending on whether the student was deemed competent or not in the unit's competencies.

For further information about specific industry areas contact the college or visit their listing on the National Training Information Service website

College RTO NumberCollege RTO Number
Canberra College
(South Weston Network RTO)
88008 St Clare's College 88009
Melba Copland Secondary School
(UCSSC Lake Ginninderra RTO)
88005 St Francis Xavier College 88024
Dickson College
(North Training RTO)
88208 Daramalan College 7117
Gungahlin College
(North Training RTO)
88208 Erindale College
(ACTIVE Tuggeranong RTO)
88000
Hawker College
(UCSSC Lake Ginninderra RTO)
88005 Lake Ginninderra College
(UCSSC Lake Ginninderra RTO)
88005
Lake Tuggeranong College
(ACTIVE Tuggeranong RTO)
88000 MacKillop Catholic College 88003
Marist College 88004 Merici College 88011
Narrabundah College
(South Weston Network RTO)
88008 St Edmund's College 88014

VET studied at external Registered Training Organisations

VET studied by students at external RTOs can be recognised by the college as E courses.

E Courses

VET studied during years 11 and 12 may contribute units towards an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. This study will be in E courses named after the relevant industry area and grouped in course areas with similar BSSS courses. In E courses, students will be awarded standard units in multiples of 0.5, undertaken as a structured educational program. A maximum of eight E units can contribute towards the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. The full set of rules applicable to E units and courses can be found in the  Policy and Procedures Manual.

Students who wish to have this work recognised will need to complete an External Vocational Studies Application Form (34kb). This form needs to be endorsed by the school by the beginning of November in the student's final year of study, and then sent to the OBSSS with evidence of the completed qualification before units will be awarded for this E course. Details, such as the duration, student attendance, workload and work completion, will be required.

For further information about E Course Applications see  External Vocational Studies Application Form (34kb).

Note: Students cannot get credit towards an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate for an E Course which duplicates content in a home college course they are studying or have studied.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)

What is an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)?

An ASBA offers students, 15 years of age or over, the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification by combining paid work and training as part of their education program.

An ASBA fits within a student's study program whilst at school and can count toward their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Training is provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This may be the school, CIT or a private provider.

To be eligible for an ACT training contract an ASBA must:

  • complete a minimum of 11 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate II qualification. This includes eight hours of work and three hours per week of structured training
  • complete a minimum of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate III qualification. This includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.

What are the benefits of an ASBA?

Benefits include:

  • valuable experience that provides pathways to future training and employment
  • receiving, on successful completion, a nationally recognised vocational qualification along with the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
  • providing students with an opportunity to get a great head start in their career.

How to get started?

Students must contact the VET/ASBA Coordinator at their school and advise them of their intention to do an ASBA. The VET/ASBA Coordinator may also be able to assist in finding an employer.

If students are currently employed, they could discuss the possibility of converting their current job into an ASBA.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact the local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

Units awarded to ASBAs on the Senior Secondary Certificate

ASBAs who are undertaking a Certificate II qualification will be entitled to a maximum of 2 units a semester in the relevant industry area (1 unit for structured training and 1 unit for on-the-job training).

ASBAs who are undertaking a Certificate III qualification will be entitled to a maximum of 3 units a semester in the relevant industry area (1 unit for structured training and 2 units for on-the-job training).

The maximum contribution of any one course area to the minimum requirements of an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is 8 standard units as per BSSS policy.

Links

National Training Information Service Website

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

VET in ACT Colleges

This publication gives an overview of vocational education in ACT colleges.

Last updated June 2020.