Entry requirements are typically having completed year 10 of high school (anywhere in Australia – if you completed year 10 in Melbourne, Adelaide or Western Australia, usually that will fulfill the requirements for Gladstone too), having completed a certificate II or equivalent in a different course, or having relevant work experience in the field you’re studying. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is also a good option if you’ve completed part or all of a course in the past.
Tafe is a popular option for both high school leavers or graduates who want to complete further study or gain the necessary qualification level to apply for a specific job, as well as for those who have already been working and are looking to learn new skills or formalise skills they already have.
Types of courses:
There are a variety of courses available at Gladstone TAFE, in every area from information technology to community services.
Typically courses fall into two categories:
Semester courses are typically longer courses that are either one semester-long, or if you’re looking at something more extensive like a Certificate III, Certificate IV or graduate diploma, are broken up into semester blocks.
Short courses run for anything from four days to a year but typically run a few months. They’re designed to give someone an idea of the industry or help someone who already works in the industry improve their skills. Short courses are things like:
- First aid
- Digital media
- Business Administration
Courses can also often be completed online or in-person, so international students may also be able to complete the online courses, but it’s best to check with CRICOS about which TAFE Queensland courses are available for international students.
Otherwise, an online course is the perfect way to complete a qualification from wherever you want, whenever you want! There’s plenty of online education support, so even if the course is based in Brisbane or Victoria, you can still complete the qualification.
Alternatively, more than one training provider offers a blended learning course, which may mean that you occasionally need to travel to the Sunshine Coast or Bundaberg, but that much of the learning can be completed online.
Most traineeships and apprenticeships happen largely in person due to the nature of the work, and a hairdressing training organisation probably won’t have an online course option because you need to practice the work in person.
If you’re interested in completing a TAFE course in Gladstone, browse our list of courses today!