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FAQ - Getting Started

A VCE VET program incorporates a nationally recognised qualification, usually at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level II or III. Some VCE VET programs offer more than a single qualifications outcome.

The school wants to run a VCE VET program. Where can I get advice?

  • Read the VET section in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook
  • Decide which VCE VET programs you may be interested in running then read the respective VCE VET program booklet or extract. All program details can be located on each of the individual VCE VET program pages found under the VCE VET program index.
  • Talk to your local Registered Training Organisations (listed on training.gov.au website) or a school cluster offering the VET course.
  • Discuss the matter at Curriculum Committee - someone else in the school might have more information
  • Contact the VCAA VET Unit
  • Funding arrangements - information on indicative funding bands can be obtained from the DET website. Independent and Catholic schools need to contact sector authorities.

Where do I find out about current and new VCE VET programs?

All current VCE VET programs can be viewed from the index of VCE VET Programs.

Updates to VCE VET programs as well as advice on new and revised VCE VET program developments is published in the VCAA Bulletin.

How do I get a program booklet or extract?

Program publications are available for downloading from each of the individual VCE VET program webpages

Why should my school get involved in VET?

  • increasing numbers of students want to undertake vocational training that provides a different learning environment and may be more suited to their needs
  • careers choice and pathways planning: students use VET in Schools as a taster to experience a particular job or industry sector and assist them in making informed career choices
  • preparation for employment: students acquire employability skills through classroom or institutionalised training and industry exposure
  • work-ready employees: students are able to commence short-term employment relating to the VET undertaken or pursue a career in their preferred industry.

Is a VCE VET program equal to a VCE subject?

Yes, where the level of credit is equal, programs are equal. There are fifteen enrolment options for VCE VET programs which have access to a study score.

Do students do Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) in VET programs? Do I have to organise this?

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is an appropriate and valuable component of all VCE VET programs. SWL involves on-the-job training in which students are required to master a designated set of skills and competencies related to VCE VET programs. SWL is strongly recommended for all VCE VET programs but is not always compulsory. For some programs however, SWL is mandated.

The Structured Workplace Learning Manual is available on the DEECD website at: Structured Workplace Learning Manual

What is the role of the VCAA in VET?

The VCAA works with Industry, schools and RTOs to put together courses which can be approved as VET in the VCE programs. The VCAA produces VCE VET program publications and works with the involved parties on updates/revisions as required.

Who is involved with the approval of a VCE VET program?

Potential VCE VET programs require support from industry, schools and training providers to get approval from the VCAA for recognition in the VCE.

How long does it take to develop a new program?

Developing a new program is a lengthy process taking at least 6 months. The VCAA must have evidence of:

  • Industry support
  • Outcomes and pathways for students
  • School commitment to offering the program.

What are training packages and how do they relate to VET?

National training packages are being developed by Industry Reference Committees who are supported by Skills Services Organisations (SSOs). Training packages consist of a set of competency standards, assessment requirements and national qualifications that apply across an industry.

A training package is different from a curriculum document as the focus of the training package is on assessment of a person in the workplace.

Where do I get the curriculum documents and training packages?

Each VCE VET program booklet indicates where the relevant curriculum document or training package may be obtained under the heading Useful contacts and information sources.

What other organisations provide VET information?