Training in Western Australia

Whether you’re still at school and considering your options, looking for the right course or training provider, seeking recognition for skills and experience you already have, considering an apprenticeship or traineeship, or wanting to study in Western Australia, we can help. In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to have the right skills and qualifications. Training gives you practical skills which employers are looking for, giving you a greater competitive edge over others.

For all information about vocational education and training (VET) courses in WA; including assistance choosing a training course and/or a training provider, a search facility for over 3,000 publicly funded VET courses and qualifications, information about apprenticeships and traineeships, how to apply and enrol, course fees, training pathways and the support and assistance programs available to help people get into training, please go to the Jobs and Skills WA website.


The Department's role

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the government agency responsible for managing vocational education and training in Western Australia. We do this by:

  • managing public resources in the State vocational education and training system;
  • planning, funding and monitoring publicly funded training;
  • administering the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Western Australia through our Apprenticeship Office;
  • coordinating and implementing professional development across the training system; and
  • providing advice on curriculum.


    Key reforms recently implemented by the Department include:


    Vocational education and training

    The vocational education and training (VET) sector is important to Western Australia's economy for the development of the State's workforce. It enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.

    Providers of VET include TAFE colleges, private providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, and enterprise training providers working together.

    Jobs and Skills WA – Subsidised training for priority areas

    As our economy grows and diversifies, the future outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that help people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Priorities include apprenticeships, traineeships and priority industry qualifications, but many other important industry qualifications and courses are also subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA including general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses.

    favicon-32x32.pngTo find out more about priority areas and what courses are subsidised, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    VET courses

    VET courses in Western Australia are focused on the development of skills and knowledge that are based on business and industry needs.

    VET is generally very practical in nature – focusing on ‘how to’. This means you’re job-ready once your course is completed, with the valuable hands-on experience that employers look for.

    VET courses provide nationally recognised qualifications from entry-level through to Graduate Diploma, offering something for everyone.

    Apprenticeships and traineeships provide opportunities to earn while you learn in industry areas such as building and construction, information technology, hospitality and business.


    Quality for VET

    Australian Skills Quality Authority

    ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector. It seeks to make sure that quality standards are maintained through the regulation of training providers and accredited courses.

    Visit the ASQA website to find out more

    Training Accreditation Council

    TAC is the State regulator for the VET sector in WA. It registers training providers in accordance with required national standards, and accredits VET courses.

    Visit the TAC website to find out more


    Choosing a training course

    Training gives you practical skills that employers are looking for, giving you a greater competitive edge over others who don’t have a qualification.

    There’s a huge range of training on offer from TAFE colleges and private training providers; with everything from the traditional trades such as building and construction or electrical, to the creative arts and design, through to  education, fitness or health, and high-tech training in areas like computing, information technology and engineering.


    Still at school?

    If you’re currently a school student, you have the opportunity to study a nationally recognised vocational education and training qualification while still at school. VET programs:

    • develop your employability skills (for example; communication and problem solving skills);
    • give you industry specific skills and an understanding of the world of work; and
    • help you to explore and plan your career options.

    If you do a VET qualification while you are a full time secondary student, this may also count towards your Western Australian Certificate of Education.

    favicon-32x32.pngFor more information about VET for secondary students, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    Apprenticeships and traineeships

    Apprenticeships and traineeships are an excellent way to combine training with work, enabling you to have a job while you complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of working age. You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school in years 11 and 12.

    When you finish your apprenticeship or traineeship you will have a nationally recognised qualification that's held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.


    How to apply and enrol, and course fees

    Once you have decided on the course you want to do, and found a training provider that you’re happy with, the next step is to enrol in your course.

    It’s a good idea to contact the training provider directly or check their website for any eligibility requirements you need to meet, and get the dates and other details for enrolling. Each of the TAFE colleges provides this information on their website, as do most private training providers.


    International students

    TAFE International Western Australia is the Western Australian government service that provides a gateway for international students wishing to study at a WA TAFE. All international students applying to study at a Western Australian TAFE college must apply through TIWA.

    TIWA also manages the placement and fee collection of overseas students into public schools, in line with the Department of Education's requirements.

    tiwalogo.pngTo find out more about TIWA’s services, please visit the TIWA website or you can come in and see us at our Perth office in Forrest Place.

    Our contact details can be found on our website.


    Learning support and assistance (Participation program)

    The Department funds a range of support services for students through its Participation program courses. Registered training providers who are approved to deliver courses in this program may offer support and services such as mentoring, counselling, assistance with meals, transport, child care, language and literacy to help people access and attend training. The program also assists with support for job seeking, resumé writing and work experience for eligible students.

    We have invited selected Government and community organisations, which assist people in a range of life or work issues, to be participation referral agents to help us promote this training. A referral from an agent will assist students in getting access to additional support. Students can self-nominate if they meet the eligibility requirements.


    Foundation skills and equity courses

    The State Government is committed to supporting students of all ages and backgrounds to develop language, communication, literacy and numeracy skills that will help to build confidence and improve their ability to be successful in both study and employment. This support is provided through two key strategies:

    • foundation skills courses that focus on language, literacy and numeracy, and employability skills such as teamwork, problem solving, self-management, digital literacy and using technology – all key skills requirements for success in both training and the workplace; and
    • equity courses that support people with disability and people seeking courses that are aligned with their culture; for example, a qualification specialising in Indigenous Australian tourism.

    Through Jobs and Skills WA, these courses are subsidised by the State Government so that you pay only a small fee.


    Awards and competitions

    WA Training Awards

    The WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

    To find out more about how you could win a share in more than $80 000 in cash and prizes and the chance to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards, please visit the WA Training Awards website.


    WorldSkills WA

    WorldSkills competitions aim to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians aged 23 and under. Their purpose is to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent.

    In WA, competitions are held across five regions in over 40 skills areas, including VET in Schools, and winners may progress to national and international level.

    To find out more, please visit the WorldSkills WA web page.



    The Department provides and/or supports scholarship programs that provide opportunities for people to engage with vocational education and training.

    Information and updates about available programs will be available here.


    Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance student pilot scholarships program

    The ability displayed by a number of individuals with autism for extreme attention to detail, appreciation of predictability and capacity to focus is valuable to the ICT industry, particularly for software and quality assurance testers.

    The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development are working together to pilot a scholarship program to harness the unique skills of people on the Autism spectrum or with related conditions. The pilot commenced in 2016, and is now being extended to another program for 2017.

    Up to $5 000 per recipient, funded by the Department, is available to cover the fees of eligible students to study IT, programming or software development courses.

    Applications for the 2017 program have now closed. You can view the application form here

    Expanding career options for women 2018

    Applications for the 2018 scholarship round are now closed. 

    The Expanding career options for women scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Construction Training Fund and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Over a period of four years 400 scholarships in a variety of industry areas will be offered to eligible women in metropolitan and regional areas. Women and employers of women are encouraged to apply.

    Scholarships of up to $3 000 are available for women who are planning to take up training in non-traditional industries where women currently make up less than 25% of the total workforce.

    Scholarships can help with the costs associated with training, including:

    • student fees; 
    • learning resources, and tools and equipment; 
    • mentoring and coaching;
    • accommodation and transport; and 
    • childcare fees.

    There are more than 240 qualifications to choose from, starting at Certificate II level. View the list of qualifications for the 2018 program.


    2018 scholarships explained

    Scholarships are available to women and employers of women. $1 000 will be available for women planning to undertake an approved apprenticeship or traineeship and their employer will receive a $2 000 incentive payment. $3 000 will be available for women planning to undertake a training course (that is not an apprenticeship or traineeship).

    A scholarship is not a guarantee of a training place.  You will still need to apply to undertake your qualification at an approved registered training provider. You need to enrol and start your training in 2018. If you are intending to do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, you will need to secure an offer of an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer.

    Frequently asked questions

    Eligible qualifications list

    Approved training provider list



    To apply for an individual scholarship you must be:

    • a woman who will have left school by 1 January 2018; and
    • a Western Australian resident and either:
    • an Australian citizen;
    • permanent resident or holder of Visa subclass 309, 820, or 826; or
    • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457;

    If you are already receiving another scholarship for your course of study, or have previously claimed a payment under the Expanding Career Options for Women program then you are not eligible to apply.


    Employers applying for $2 000 incentive payment must be planning to enter into a training contract, with a female apprentice/trainee in 2018, in an eligible qualification.

    Applying and claiming your scholarship

    If you need guidance on choosing the right training options, or help with planning your career, visit the Career Centre website or telephone 13 64 64.

    1 Apply for the scholarship

    Select a qualification and a training provider from the lists. Register your interest and we will send you the link to the application form when applications open. (Applications closed on 31 October 2017 for 2018 scholarships.) You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the Department of Training and Workforce Development in December 2017.  If you are successful you will receive a scholarship claim form.

    2 Apply and enrol into a course / commence an apprenticeship or traineeship 

    If you are awarded an institutional scholarship, apply to an approved training provider for a place on your selected course and follow their instructions to enrol.

    If you are an individual awarded an apprenticeship or traineeship scholarship, find an employer who will employ you in 2018 as an apprentice or trainee.

    If you are an employer awarded an apprenticeship or traineeship scholarship, recruit and employ an eligible woman in 2018 in the apprenticeship or traineeship.

    3 Claim your scholarship

    Once you have passed your course census date, or probation date if you are an apprentice/trainee (your training provider will tell you what this date is), submit a scholarship claim form. The Department will process your claim form and pay your scholarship funds to you.


    Training scholarship to boost nbn jobs

    The State Government, in partnership with nbn, has launched a new scholarship scheme to encourage and assist Western Australians to take opportunity of hundreds of jobs attached to the rollout of the Commonwealth Government’s national broadband network. Both experienced telecommunications workers and new industry entrants are needed to fill the high skill shortage occupations, so whether you’re returning to the field or just getting started, this program may have opportunities for you.

    As part of a team that installs, monitors and replaces lines, you will learn the tools of the trade from industry experts and may become a skilled telecommunications professional. While you’re working you’ll gain nationally recognised training in units of competency or a full qualification.

    To find out more, visit the nbn website and find out how this program might suit you.


    Statistics and the WA data standard

    The Department collects and reports a range of statistical information to track engagement and measure the outcomes of vocational education and training in Western Australia. Funded training providers are required to report enrolment activity according to the rules of the Western Australian VET enrolment data standard, which incorporates the full national standard (AVETMISS for providers) plus additional State requirements.

    For current reporting, view the technical specifications of the VET enrolment data standard version 8.0.B04
    (updated March 2018)


    VET enrolment data

    The Key VET enrolment statistics report shows a summary of all training funded by or through the Department, including funding categories, age group, disability status, level of education and training provider. Please note that VET enrolment data is not directly comparable with the apprenticeship and traineeship contracts data available below – the two different data sources are not statistically compatible and should not be combined.


    Student satisfaction survey

    The Student satisfaction survey is used to measure the quality of service provided by Western Australia's TAFEs and to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs.

    The latest (2017) survey shows 87.3% of students were satisfied with their course. Students experienced the highest levels of satisfaction with the quality of lecturers (85.8%), how convenient the training provider’s location is (82.3%) and how likely it is that the course will lead to a job / career (81.7%).

    The three most important factors when choosing where to study were the location of the training provider (31.7%); the quality of the course (10.5%); and the flexible course options (10.3%).

    For more information on the student satisfaction rates, you can read the Student satisfaction survey 2017: WA State report. To request reports from previous years, please use our online enquiry form.


    Apprentice and trainee contract data and reports

    Apprenticeship and traineeship statistical reports are prepared in December, March, June and September of each year, and will be published on this website once noted by the Minister for Education and Training.

    If you would like to see reports from previous years or periods, please email your request to

    Page last updated March 08, 2017