This guide provides information on full time courses offered each semester by all WA TAFE colleges. This includes information on competitive and non-competitive courses, entry requirements, selection criteria and any other additional requirements where applicable. Applications for entry to full time TAFE courses are managed by TAFE Admissions. Part time courses are managed by each TAFE college directly.
Semester 2 2017 applications
Key dates for semester 2 2017 full time applications are as follows:
- Applications open: Monday 1 May 2017
- Applications close: Monday 12 June 2017
- Change of preference closes: Monday 12 June 2017
- Offers (non-competitive course): Monday 1 May – Wednesday 21 June 2017*
- Offers (competitive course): Wednesday 21 June 2017**
- Expression of interest applications: expressions of interest will be accepted after 13 June
* Non-competitive courses: offers are made throughout the intake; these are available during the intake online (tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au) and will be emailed. **Competitive courses: offers will be available online (tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au) at 12 pm on 21 June and will be emailed.
Entry to full time study can be achieved in a number of ways depending on an individual’s circumstances. The requirements, and how these can be met, are outlined in the TAFE admissions guide for entry to full time courses for entry to full time courses.
In short, entrance requirements set the minimum literacy and numeracy skills or AQF qualification levels required for admission to a course. School students who do not achieve an Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, are encouraged to find out about alternative pathways to TAFE. Entrance requirements only apply to non-competitive courses, which attract lower numbers of applications.
Competitive courses are of high demand and require applicants to meet selection criteria in addition to the entrance requirements.
Some courses may also have specific entry requirements, such as higher levels of maths to those indicated in the TAFE admissions guide, or a folio, or may require students to commence at a level specified in the training package. Details for specific course entrance requirements can be checked with your preferred TAFE college.
Alternative pathways for school students who do not meet the OLNA standards
An OLNA is an Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.
There are several alternative pathways to TAFE for school students who do not achieve an OLNA:
- Vocational pathway (VET in schools): school students who complete a vocational course while at school can rely on their AQF qualification to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills (this is included in the guide) i.e. students can achieve an OLNA or a Certificate I, II or III to gain entry to a TAFE course (with the exception of qualifications within the Foundation Studies training package (FSK);
- TAFE Admissions testing: students can opt to sit the literacy predictor assessment and/or the numeracy predictor assessment managed by TAFE Admissions to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills;
- Alternative assessment: students can be referred to the learning area at their preferred TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment;
- Students can enrol at any Certificate I level, as there are no entry requirements (this is included in the guide); and
- Students can enrol into one of the Foundation skills and equity courses.
A prospective student who has not achieved an OLNA and submits an application to TAFE Admissions will be guided into a learning pathway.
For more information, download the TAFE admissions guide for entry to full time courses for entry to full time courses.
Contact TAFE Admissions
Locked Bag 16
Osborne Park DC 6916
T: 6212 9888
F: 6212 9880