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Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an accredited secondary certificate.

New providers in 2017

Schools that are already delivering the VCE and wish to deliver the VCAL for the first time in 2017 are invited to lodge a Notification of Intent with the VCAA. Please refer to Notice to Schools 26/2016 for full details.


  • VCAL 4 Life is a short video that introduces the VCAL to students and parents who are considering options for senior secondary study.
  • VCAL First is a guide for teachers new to the VCAL produced by the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA)

Further information

For Students & Parents
Information for students and parents on choosing VCAL, what counts towards a VCAL program and where the VCAL will lead students.

For Employers
Information for Employers considering taking on a VCAL student in their workplace. Provides answers to commonly asked questions and case studies of VCAL students in specific industries.

For Providers
Access to support resources and information for providers of the VCAL program.

At a glance

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions about VCAL from students, parents employers and providers.

Schools and Study Search
Conduct a search to find which schools offer what Victorian senior secondary subjects. This listing is based on enrolments of students. The home school of students has been used, rather than the assessing school.

Where To Now?
An online guide to the VCE, VCAL and Apprenticeships and Traineeships.​