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.

 Visit 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.

    To 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.

    For information about choosing a course, and to search over 3,000 publicly funded VET courses, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    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. You can find out more about this on the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) website.

    For 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.

    For information about apprenticeships and traineeships, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    Choosing a training provider

    If you have already decided what area of study you want to pursue, your next step is to find a training provider that offers the course or qualification you’re interested in.

    There are over 500 registered training providers across Western Australia, and together they offer more than 1 000 nationally recognised VET courses and qualifications, and access to a range of traineeships and apprenticeships.

    favicon-32x32.pngFor information on choosing a training provider, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    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.

    For information about how to apply and enrol, and course fees, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    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.

    To find out more about TIWA’s services, please visit the TIWA website or you can come in and see us at the East Perth TAFE campus in Building B, Level 2, 140 Royal Street East Perth.

    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.

    For information about learning support and assistance, and the Participation program, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    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.

    For information about foundation skills and equity courses, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website


    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 scholarship programs, when they are available will be provided here.


    Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance student scholarship 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 development, testing and cybersecurity.

    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 deliver a scholarship program to harness the unique skills of people on the Autism spectrum or with related conditions. News regarding future scholarship rounds will be available here. 

    Up to $5,000 per recipient, funded by the Department, is available to cover the fees of eligible students to study IT, programming, cybersecurity or software development courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.

    Applications for the 2019 second semester scholarship are now closed. 


    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.C04
    (updated April 2019)


    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 (2018) survey shows 88.2% of students were satisfied with their course. Students experienced the highest levels of satisfaction with the:

    • physical safety and security measures (91.8%);
    • quality of lecturers (87.9%); and
    • information and support provided by TAFE staff (84.6%). 

    The three most important factors when chooosing where to study were the location of the training provider (28.0%), the flexible course options (12.3%), and the reputation of the TAFE (10.3%). 

    For more information on the student satisfaction rates, you can read the Student satisfaction survey 2018: 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

    • Quick stats summary

      The Quick stats summary report shows apprentice and trainee commencements and in training figures including gender, school based, and metro/rural.

    • Completions by region

      The Completions by region report shows the number of apprenticeships and traineeships completed in the last 12 months compared with the two previous 12 month periods. The data breaks down into the categories; gender, age, and metro/rural.

    • In training by trade

      The In training by trade category report shows the in training totals and percentage distribution across all trade categories for apprentices and trainees, comparing the current totals with those at 12 months and 24 months prior.

    • Commencements/completions by region and trade

      The Commencements and completions by region and trade category report shows the number of apprentice and trainee commencements and completions for the last 12 months compared with the two previous 12 month periods, according to trade category and the region of the employer's worksite (metro/rural).

    • Commencements by qualification

      The Commencements by qualification report shows all apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications for the last three 12 month periods, ranked by the number of commencements in the last 12 months.

    Page last updated March 08, 2017