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TAFE at School

Get a head start with a TAFE at School course

All year 11 and 12 students are eligible to participate in a TAFE at School program. You can choose to study from more than 50 exciting and varied certificate level vocational education and training (VET) courses. Best of all, a nationally recognised certificate through TAFE at School can be achieved in conjunction with your senior studies and counts towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). All TAFE at School applications must be lodged with your school VET Co-ordinator. 

To find out more, view the TAFE at School 2018 Course Guide North Queensland (PDF, 4.13MB)

TAFE at School 2018 Course Guide North Queensland (PDF, 4.10MB)

TAFE at School is a great way to:

  • get a qualification while still at school
  • gain direct entry into our diploma courses
  • gain valuable credits towards your QCE
  • gain credits towards and apprenticeship, diploma course or university studies*
  • make you work ready
  • build practical skills in an adult learning environment
  • learn from professionals, bursting with current industry knowledge

Flexible study options

TAFE Queensland offers flexible study options so you can gain a vocational qualification while you're still at school in a way that best suits you.

Train at TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland offers some of the best training facilities in the state, with advanced, industry-relevant workspaces and classrooms. All training is delivered in an adult learning environment so you'll get a taste of what it's like to study in a higher education setting. You'll learn from our highly-qualified teachers and benefit from their vast experience.

Train at school

Many Queensland schools have partnered with TAFE Queensland to deliver vocational qualifications. School teachers are given specific training so they are qualified to deliver TAFE Queensland courses. Even if you undertake your training at school, you will still receive a TAFE Queensland certificate when you complete your course.

School-based apprenticeship or traineeship

TAFE Queensland offers both school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, which get you work-ready and a step ahead of your peers. Becoming a school-based apprentice or trainee gives you skills in a vocation or trade and allows you to earn money while you're still at school. A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship also contributes credits towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade, such as Plumbing or Electrical, and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. Trainees are trained in a vocational area, such as Early Childhood or Business, but the training does not deliver a tradesperson qualification. After selecting the industry you are interested in and talking with your school and parents, your next step is to secure employment as an apprentice or trainee. An employer can be found through family and friends, by directly contacting employers and group training organisations, or by applying for advertised jobs. Once you have secured an apprenticeship or traineeship, just let your employer know you want to study with us.

School-based apprentices and trainees do not pay fees for training at TAFE Queensland; however, you may need to pay some costs for tools and compulsory protective equipment, which we will outline upon enrolment. When you become a full-time apprentice or trainee after completing Year 12, you may be eligible for fee free training for the remainder of your apprenticeship. For more information about school-based apprenticeships or traineeships call 1800 210 210 or visit https://training.qld.gov.au/apprenticeshipsinfo

What does it cost?

Costs vary from course to course, and these prices are identified throughout this guide. If you are undertaking a certificate I or II qualification as part of your senior studies you may pay reduced fees or, in some cases, no tuition fees at all. If you choose to study a certificate III course you will incur fees. If you are an international student your fees will be different. A schedule of fees is available upon request. You can undertake more than one TAFE at School qualification (one in year 11 and one in year 12), however full fee-for-service prices may apply for the second qualification. Costs of your second course may vary from those advertised in this guide. All pricing was correct at the time of print, however prices and details are subject to change without notice. Always check our website for the most up-to-date information available. 

Payment options

Payment plans may be available to students undertaking a course that costs $500 or more, however, students under 18 will need a guarantor. Applications will be subject to credit checks. For information about our withdrawal and refund policy, please visit the TAFE Queensland website.

Student support

At TAFE Queensland we aim to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment to help you achieve your study goals. Your school's student assistance program is responsible for ensuring you receive appropriate levels of support while you are participating in the TAFE Queensland environment.

More information

For more information about TAFE at School, visit your nearest TAFE Queensland North Campus, call 1300 656 959 and ask to speak to one of our TAFE at School Co-ordinators or email info.north@tafe.qld.edu.au.


Funding for your course may be available through the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Program, funded by the Queensland Government. Eligibility criteria applies. More information about VETiS funding is available under the Vocational education and training in schools (VETiS) section of the Training.

*Completion of a TAFE Queensland Diploma may allow you direct entry into certain nominated Degrees at TAFE Queensland's University partners or may provide credit points towards your Degree, subject to you meeting all of the requirements for admission stipulated by the relevant University. For more information call 1300 656 959.