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.
TAFE Admissions Key Dates Semester 1 2024
Applications open — Friday 1 September 2023
Applications open for all full time courses starting in Semester 1, 2024.
Applications and preference change close - Friday 3 November 2023
Main intake applications close. Change of preferences close for all courses.
You can change your preferences by logging in via admissions.tafe.wa.edu.au.
Up to this date, you can:
- add new preferences, for any course;
- change the order of the preferences;
- cancel preferences; or
- change the campus of an existing preference
Offers (competitive courses) - Wednesday 6 December 2023
Offers (competitive courses) South Regional TAFE – Wednesday 29 November 2023
Offers can be viewed online at admissions.tafe.wa.edu.au and will be emailed from 12 pm.
Offers (non-competitive courses) – 1 September 2023 to 27 January 2024
Offers are made throughout the intake for courses that are not competitive.
Offers are available online at admissions.tafe.wa.edu.au and will be emailed.
Late applications open Saturday 4 November 2023
Late applications will be accepted for most courses, but some courses will no longer be available if filled through the main intake of applications. Students are encouraged to apply during the main intake of applications to maximise the chance of success.
Late applications close Friday 15 December 2023
Late applications close. Applications received after this date will be placed on the waitlist.
Late application offers (competitive courses) Wednesday 10 January to Friday 19 January 2024
Offers for late applications will be released as main intake enrolments are completed and available places are known. Students who do not receive an offer during this time will be placed on the waitlist.
Waitlist applications open Saturday 16 December 2023
Waitlist applications will be accepted for courses not filled through the main intake and late applications. Not all courses will be available during this period, and applications will only be considered if places are still available.
Waitlist applications close Friday 9 February 2024
No further offers will be issued after this date, and students who missed out are encouraged to apply in Semester 2, 2024.
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.
Current secondary school students applying for entry into Semester 1 2024 will be assessed based on their Semester 1 results from their current year of study. TAFE Admissions will predict end of year outcomes based on these results.
Should the end of year results differ significantly from Semester 1 results, the college may suggest alternative options to the student.
Students currently studying a qualification under the VET for Secondary Students program will be assessed based on an assumption that they will successfully complete their qualification. They may be required to provide their academic record or qualification as proof of completion at time of enrolment. Should the qualification not be completed, applicants may become ineligible for an offer and the college will work with those applicants on alternative options.
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: TAFE Admissions adopted the reading and numeracy modules of the OLNA as its literacy and numeracy testing tool. Subject to verification with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, school students may be eligible to register for TAFE Admissions testing if they have not sat the OLNA at school within the six months preceding TAFE Admissions testing and if they have not exhausted their maximum six attempts at the OLNA while of compulsory school age;
- 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