A short course can unlock a world of opportunity, offering you the chance to upskill, advance in your career, or become a more well-rounded, valuable member of the workforce.
A short course is the perfect, bite-sized way of gaining new knowledge. Maybe you’re making a significant change, or want to dip your toes in the water before taking on a full three-year degree. Or perhaps you want to improve your employability or secure a promotion by gaining new skills. Whatever the case may be, the plethora of short courses available today makes it possible to pursue your dreams, on your own terms.
Better yet, short courses are available both online and in person. Online study utilises flexible delivery methods and allows for personalisation, meaning you can study after work hours, just before the school pickup run, or on the weekend. Instead of online learning, you also have the option to take your course in person under the guidance of industry experts. Short courses can be tailored to meet your preferences, empowering you to succeed in the modern world of work.
Why choose a short course?
There is a multitude of reasons that you may be interested in completing study – whether it’s to upskill, as a pathway to higher education, or for professional development, there are lots of courses that could suit your needs. With short courses taught through TAFE, independent registered training organisations (RTOs) as well as some universities, there have never been so many options for short courses!
A short course:
- Helps you elevate your career, whether you’re trying to take it in a new direction or want to excel in your existing role
- Requires no specific prerequisites – recent school-leavers and adults who have been out of the workforce for decades can both find their place in online study
- Allows for incredible flexibility, slotting into your life
What short courses are available?
You’re truly spoiled for choice with the sheer number of short courses that are available in Australia. Your options could include:
- Short courses designed to help you learn about one specific skill such as food handling, responsible service of alcohol or social media management that go for a day or a week
- Short courses in practical skills such as first aid
- Short courses that aim to teach you new skills for hobbies such as flower arranging
- Short courses such as a Certificate III, which are designed to give you a much more in-depth overview of a topic, such as a Certificate III in Project Management, Certificate III in Community, or a certification in Business Administration
- Short courses that equip you with a Certificate III in Information Technology, Cybersecurity or a particular emerging technology
- Short courses designed for upskilling for your professional development needs
- Short courses created to help get you started in a specific industry or role such as social sciences, mental health or the visual arts
How to study
One of the most significant benefits of living in today’s society is the range of study options available to students. While short courses are often taught through TAFE, higher education providers and independent registered training organisations (RTOs) do also offer valuable courses for those looking to learn.
Short courses are available throughout Australia, in every state and territory, including NSW and Victoria. Depending on the course you do and where you do it, free TAFE inducements may exist for students completing courses that will result in jobs considered to be in a shortage of supply by the relevant government. While large cities such as Melbourne and Sydney provide the most extensive range of course options, there are also many courses available in rural areas, especially for those who want to enrol in a course that’s relevant to a rural area.
Online short courses were popular even before the rise of COVID-19, and have only continued to rise in popularity since then. Online courses allow students to study from anywhere, although international students should always check with CRICOS before attempting to enrol in a course. Australian students need to check that they can study across state lines.
Part-time and full-time study loads are available for a number of courses, and can be found in the course guides.
For more information about FAQs, privacy statements, ABNs and more, enquire about a specific course listed above.