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VET allows you to do nationally recognised training as part of your VCE or VCAL. You can combine general and vocational studies, explore career options and pathways, learn in the workplace, and develop skills that prepare you for the workforce and further study.

In 2020, more than 50,000 Victorian students were enrolled in a VET certificate program, developing skills and knowledge in a diverse range of industries, including engineering, equine studies, automotive, health services, dance and more.

Quick explainer

VET stands for Vocational Education and Training. VET gives you specific practical skills and knowledge to help you in the workplace.

How do I include VET in my VCE or VCAL?

1. Complete a VCE VET program

There are 26 VCE VET programs with 45 qualifications to choose from. Read more about each of the VCE VET programs.

VCE VET units contribute towards satisfactory completion of your VCE or VCAL and give you a qualification that is recognised around Australia.

VCE VET programs that have Units 3 and 4 can be included in your ATAR calculation.

If you are interested in a particular area of work, ask your school how a VCE VET program in that area can contribute to your VCE or VCAL.

2. Do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship

To become an apprentice or trainee you must be in paid work and sign a contract of training. The training contract must be registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Your VCE or VCAL program would then include:

  • VCE or VCAL studies at school
  • VET at an RTO, such as TAFE
  • part-time paid work in the industry in which you are training.

You can do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in many industries as part of your VCE or VCAL. These include agriculture, building and construction, early childhood education, and sport and recreation.

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship qualification contributes to successfully finishing the VCE or VCAL, just like VCE VET programs do by giving credit for Units 1 to 4. School-based apprenticeships or traineeships may contribute to an ATAR.

Ask your school how they can help arrange a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship for you.

3. Complete a different VET certificate

If you are interested in doing a VET certificate that’s not available as a VCE VET program, you may be able to count it towards satisfactory completion of your VCE or VCAL. This arrangement is called block credit.

There are specific rules for block credit, so ask your VET or VCE coordinator for more information.

How do I get my results?

If you complete a VET qualification in any of these ways, you will receive a certificate or statement of attainment from the RTO and credit towards the VCE or VCAL.

Structured workplace learning

Structured workplace learning (SWL) is on-the-job training or work placements that allow you to develop work skills and understand what employers expect.

SWL can be a valuable component of your VET qualification undertaken within your VCE or VCAL.

SWL complements your training at school or with another provider. It should be spread across the whole training program, and it allows you to:

  • build and improve your skills
  • apply practical industry knowledge
  • be assessed in units of competency, as determined by the RTO
  • expand your employment opportunities.

Structured workplace learning recognition

When you take SWL in the same industry as your VCE VET certificate, you can gain extra units towards your VCE or VCAL by completing SWL Recognition. This process gets you to reflect on your SWL experiences in a Workplace Learning Record and discuss these with your school. This also applies if you are undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

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