Northern Territory TAFE Courses
TAFE/VET courses in the Northern Territory
This page aims to provide you with information about available TAFE courses in the Northern Territory, popular TAFE schools, such as Charles Darwin University, as well as other critical considerations, such as government funding for TAFE within the Northern Territory and Darwin. TAFE is suitable for a wide range of learners, including students straight out of high school, professionals looking to gain a formal qualification, and those looking for short courses in the Northern Territory, close to home and work. Depending on the level of qualification, a course can make sure you’re ready for work, help you upskill for your current job of make you a more well rounded individual.
What is TAFE?
TAFE stands for Technical and further Education. It is a form of education that usually provides further training and education for people interested in gaining a formal qualification for a specific area. There are a number of short courses and VET courses available in Darwin and the Northern Territory offered through a variety of education providers.
A TAFE school may be a university that has a TAFE option, such as Charles Latrobe University, or a training institution that only offers TAFE.
Popular TAFE Courses
What is a VET Course?
VET stands for Vocational Education and Training. There are a number of different types of VET courses, including:
What study options for TAFE Courses are available in the Northern Territory?
This means that the year is split into two halves with a break in between. Not all courses are available every semester, so careful planning is important, and its best to contact the university to find out exactly when your desired course is available.
Short courses are available for both professional and personal purposes at a number of universities and training organisations in the Northern Territory. They can be for a nationally accredited professional development, as a building block for a TAFE certificate course, or simply to improve your own life skills.
In a country as large as Australia, online learning is rapidly becoming a very popular option. Online courses are suitable for a number of people, as it allows adults who need to work to study, building on current qualifications or re-skilling into a new area. Some online courses still have attendance requirements for particular subjects, due to their technical nature, but this information is available from the university itself on enrolment.
Blended learning is a way of studying that involves both online and in class training, an option at many universities and TAFE schools in the Northern Territory. Not all courses have blended learning options so its best to refer to the training organisations website.
What types of courses are available in NT?
There are a multitude of TAFE courses available in the Northern Territory, including:
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North Metropolitan TAFE
North Metropolitan TAFE is a leading TAFE provider in Australia, with plenty of campuses offering over 300 accredited courses. With 29,000 students studying through North Metro TAFE, you can count on a quality education delivered by professional staff. Courses available through this branch of TAFE WA range from foundation studies, Certificate and Diploma courses through to Associate Degrees. It also provides a great opportunity to fast track your studies and follow through to University education when you complete your course.
The North Metropolitan TAFE Institute always ensures that courses are current and kept at a high standard, due to its strong ties with industries in Perth. North Metro TAFE is a fully government-funded and regulated education provider, who continues to exceed the standards set for education in Australia.
Having over 155 years of training experience, North Metropolitan TAFE is delivering quality courses to tens of thousands every year. Allowing career changers, upskillers and school leavers the qualifications they need to achieve their full potential. Over 80% of North Metro students go on to obtaining a job after graduating from their course, with many others choosing to use their TAFE course as a pathway to University study.
North Metropolitan TAFE is comprised of the former Central Perth TAFE institutes of:
Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University provides TAFE/VET courses in the Northern Territory. Times Higher Education Ranking 2016 placed Charles Darwin University in the top 2% of universities in the world, and have a variety of services available for students, including team leaders who are available to discuss your options, and Learner Support Service who can provide key literacy and numeracy assistance for students completing their training in Darwin. Charles Darwin University has a number of campuses, each specialising in their own areas, such as health courses.
Charles Darwin University TAFE Locations
Subjects Available at Charles Darwin University
South Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE is a leading provider of Vocational Education in both WA and the country. It was the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Vocational Training in the WA Training Awards. South Metro has campuses along the southern part of Perth, especially in and around the area of Fremantle and Rockingham.
By combining the world-class resources, facilities and education from the former Central TAFE, Polytechnic West and West Coast TAFE Institutes; TAFE WA can now provide an even greater variety of courses to students and further improve the level of quality in its teaching.
Just like the North Metropolitan TAFE, this new centre is the creation of a couple of formal TAFE centres, including:
More Education Providers
There are an array of registered organisations within the Northern Territory who provide training in a wide range of areas. The below list outlines some of these organisations and a little about what they have to offer.
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
This education facility provides training specifically for Indigenous people, with training and study designed with both way perspective, a culturally safe environment, high class facilities and formal VET qualifications. There is free academic support both on campus and online available for students. The university aims to engage Indigenous students in further education in a way that allows them to develop skills that will assist in solving issues facing the Indigenous community.
Alana Kaye College
This college was founded in 2011 and has a Darwin campus easily accessible by public transport both via Darwin and Palmerston. They provide a number of nationally accredited courses in business, early childhood education and Care and first aid, along with a number of other areas. Their programs are designed to allow for further studies should they be necessary or desired.
Australian Careers College
This college in Darwin provides training for international and domestic students in Business, Early Childhood Education and Individual Support (Aged Care).
Carey Training provides quality VET courses, with a focus on mining and construction related training. The organisation was formed in 2002, initially for Indigenous students, but high levels of interest from other sources led to the company casting their net wider. They work closely with a variety of jobseeker service providers, and focus heavily on preparation for employment, as well as formal qualifications for those looking to upskill current industry knowledge.
What short courses are available in the Northern Territory?
There are a number of short courses available at universities and training organisations in Darwin, both for recreational and professional purposes, some of which are listed below:
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Living and studying in the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is a vibrant, community minded area known for its stunning beauty and wildlife. Home to the incredible Uluru, Kings Canyon, the Katherine Gorge and any other number of incredible natural wonders. Darwin, it’s capital, features an active nightlife and laid back lifestyle, with a multitude of entertainments.
Day or weekend trips to a multitude of the Northern Territory’s best sites leave regularly from Darwin. These tours are available for a range of budgets, and if a tour doesn’t serve your needs there are a number of options that will allow you to set your own timetable for exploring. Closer to Darwin, Casuarina Beach, the Esplanade and the Nightcliff foreshore all offer ideal picnic areas, accessible by both walking and biking. There is a Botanical Gardens perfect for social media photo opportunities and the Darwin Waterfront regularly offers free concerts and films. These are perfect opportunities to discover the Northern Territory while training in the area.
There are over 100 multicultural communities in the Northern Territory, so regardless of where you’re from, Darwin will welcome you! There are a number of festivals every year, offering social and culinary delights for students to experience. Most festivals are either free to attend or require a gold coin donation. There are also markets offering fresh produce, food and arts and crafts. These are a fantastic place for students to find cheap food and one of a kind pieces to decorate student accommodation.
Government funding for TAFE courses in the Northern Territory
There are a number of government funding initiatives for TAFE courses available for students, both at Charles Darwin University and at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, as well as several independent training organisations. To be eligible for funding, the organisation must be registered as a National Training Organisation, and students must; live in the Northern Territory, be over 17 and have left school, and preference is given to those who don’t already hold a Cert III qualification or over. Citizenship requirements apply.
There are over 100 subsidised courses under the Northern Territory Training Entitlement, including: