Education courses for international students in Perth, Western Australia. Information on visas, schools, universities, English colleges and scholarships.

Vocational and Pathway Studies

Perth’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) colleges offer exceptional, internationally recognised industry qualifications. Our VET courses give you the opportunity to learn valuable skills with Australia’s leading industry experts, or they can provide your pathway to Higher Education studies.

You can enrol in a VET course at a private college or at one of the Western Australian government’s polytechnics and institutes of technology (TAFE International WA).

Western Australia’s VET colleges offer:

  • A focus on practical vocation skills
  • A wide range of courses across many industries
  • Carefully designed courses to meet the current needs of employers
  • Valuable work experience placement
  • Current industry equipment and technology
  • Industry experts and educators with extensive practical experience 
  • Direct entry into the workforce
  • Pathways to a Bachelor degree

Academic Year

Each VET college will have varying intake dates throughout the year, with the most common commencements being in February, April, July and October.


You’ll usually need to have the equivalent qualification of Australian Year 10, 11 or 12. Some VET courses have English language, subject or work experience prerequisites. So it’s best to check the intake dates, fees and entry requirements with individual VET institutions.


Courses vary in length from Certificate I through to an Advanced Diploma. Certificate IV is the accepted minimum qualification for entry into Australian universities:

VET qualification

Course duration

Career path

Certificate I

4-6 months

Competent operator

Certificate II

6-8 months

Advanced operator

Certificate III

Approx. 12 months

Qualified tradesperson or technician

Certificate IV

12-18 months



18-24 months

Professional's assistant

Advanced Diploma

24-36 months

Junior manager


Pathways to University

Whatever your level of education, and whatever your goals for the future, Perth has the right study option for you. Western Australia’s education institutions offer flexible, fully-integrated pathways to university-level study. Customised bridging programs and full student support services are in place to help you reach enrolment criteria and apply successfully for the university and the course of your choice.

1.Certificate or Diploma course

If you know which subject you’d like to study, or have already chosen your university, then you can take a subject-specific Certificate or Diploma course at a pathway college that’s affiliated with your chosen university. When you’ve finished your course, you’re guaranteed entry into a first or second-year undergraduate degree program at that university.

2.Foundation Course

If you haven’t made up your mind yet, or would like to keep your options open, you can complete a general Foundation course that doesn’t restrict your choice of degree or university. This option is especially suited to younger students who haven’t chosen a career yet. 

Many Western Australian universities offer foundation studies on-campus. This means that while you’re studying to meet general course requirements, you can experience real university life and take advantage of all academic resources, recreational facilities and student groups.


Vocational and Pathway Colleges in Perth