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Training and study options

Courses

Job training

These courses provide training needed in order to work in certain industries, like healthcare, hospitality, construction, and more.

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Computer skills

These courses cover basic computer skills, from connecting to the internet to using programs and software.

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English skills

These courses cover beginner and intermediate level written and spoken English.

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Courses and study options

Free short training courses

The NSW Government is paying TAFE and other training colleges to run short courses that match the skills employers are looking for right now. The list of courses often changes so make sure to come back and search regularly.

Search for free short training courses
  1. Click on the link to go the site
  2. Start exploring courses by industry by clicking on the Browse Courses button and expanding the list of industry areas you are interested in
  3. Click on the Open Filters button to add your suburb in the Location box and select it from the list. Also add the area around your suburb you want to search – we suggest 25km
  4. change the filter on How long would you like to spend completing your study? to show Short Courses only
  5. Click the red Apply Filters button
  6. Scroll through to see what courses are in your area that match your work goals
  7. When you see a course you are interested in, expand the list to see which colleges are running the course
  8. Click View details to see more details about a college – there may be a website, an email address and a phone number
  9. We recommend you click on the college website to look for more information about the course and/or call to ask for more information. Make sure to say you are looking for free training and explain you are eligible as someone on a bridging visa who has applied for protection

Study at private and community training colleges

The NSW Government subsidises the cost of almost 900 full courses ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma under the Smart and Skilled program at many private and community colleges. For people seeking asylum, courses up to and including Certificate IV can be subsidised to 100%, meaning that they do not pay any training fees (although there may still be some costs for equipment, textbooks, etc.). People seeking asylum who start Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in 2024 may also be able to have their course fully subsidised.

Search for free and subsidised full training courses
  1. Click on the Search for free and subsidised full training courses button
  2. Start exploring careers by industry by expanding the list. This information gives a quick idea of the types of jobs qualified people can do and some of the most popular courses
  3. Click the red View Courses button next to the industry sub-category you are interested in – be patient, the website can take a little while to load the list
  4. When the list is loaded take a moment to add a location filter so that you are just seeing courses that are in your area
    • Click the Open Filters button
    • Start typing in your suburb and select it from the list – we suggest putting a 25km area around your suburb
    • Scroll down to find and click the red Apply Filters button
  5. When you see a course you are interested in, expand the list to read the course overview and see which colleges are approved to run the course in your area
  6. Click View details to see more location details about a college – they may be approved to run the course in more than one area
  7. Click on a location to see more details about the college – there may be a website, an email address and a phone number
  8. We recommend you click on the college website to look for more information about the course and/or call to ask for more information. Make sure to say you are looking for subsidised training and explain you are eligible as someone on a bridging visa who has applied for protection

Study at TAFE NSW

TAFE has hundreds of courses available in all industries, ranging from short training courses through Certificates to Diplomas. Not all training at TAFE is free or subsidised, so keep an eye out for labels that say “Fee Free” or “Fees from $0” or “Subsidised prices”.

Search for TAFE NSW courses
  1. Click on the search here button to go to the webpage called Browse Course areas
  2. Start exploring courses by scrolling through the industry tiles and clicking on the industry you are interested in
  3. Either scroll through the page or use the left-hand box with industry sub-categories to navigate
  4. Click on the View Course button for the course you are interested in, for example Certificate III in Guiding, to get some more information about the course
  5. Click on the blue Find a Location to Enrol button for a list of TAFE campuses that run the course
  6. Click on the Enrolment Open/Enquire now/Register Interest button next to the campus you are interested in – the same campus might be listed more than once so take notice of any differences and compare the results: the differences are usually about whether the course is full- or part- time and how it is delivered, for example, face-to-face, combination, on-line
  7. Read carefully, following the list of important information above, and make use of the Ask a Question button or Download Course Brochure link

Important information to look for as you explore TAFE courses

  1. Entry requirements – this is especially important when looking at Certificate IV or Diploma courses: you might need to complete a Certificate III course first to get the essential skills and knowledge needed for a higher level course
  2. Is the course only available to apprentices or trainees- that means you have to be working as an apprentice or trainee before you can enrol in the training
  3. Information about attendance, delivery and study commitment – will you be able to go to class/join online and put in enough time each week to succeed in your course
  4. Watch out for Enrol/Apply Now and Enquire Now buttons – Enrol/Apply Now will only show if TAFE is getting ready to start a new course, but Enquire Now will always show and you should use it to get on the mailing list and ask any questions. You might also see Register Interest – clicking on this button will also get you on the mailing list
  5. Is there an information session coming up?
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'Smart & Skilled' English and Foundation Skills

Certificate I

Certificate I in:

  • Access to Vocational Pathways
  • Certificate I in Access to Work and Training
  • Certificate I in Fundamental English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Certificate I in General Education for Adults
  • Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory)
  • Certificate I in Preparation for Work and Training
  • Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways
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The Smart and Skilled program includes some English and Foundation Skills courses that focus on language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills development. 

These courses support learners with English language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills to help them find a job or enter vocational training.

These courses are run by TAFE and some Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges.

Please note: 

Certificate II

Certificate II in:

  • Certificate II in Basic English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Certificate II in Career Preparation
  • Certificate II in Further Study Skills
  • Certificate II in General Education for Adults
  • Certificate II in Routine English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
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The Smart and Skilled program includes some English and Foundation Skills courses that focus on language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills development. 

These courses support learners with English language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills to help them find a job or enter vocational training.

These courses are run by TAFE and some Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges.

Please note: 

Certificate III

Certificate III in:
– Certificate III in Advanced English for Further Study
– Certificate III in Career Advancement
– Certificate III in English for Further Study
– Certificate III in Pathways to Further Study

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The Smart and Skilled program includes some English and Foundation Skills courses that focus on language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills development. 

These courses support learners with English language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills to help them find a job or enter vocational training.

These courses are run by TAFE and some Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges.

Please note: 

Additional resources

Job guides & TAFE counsellors

Not sure what course will give the right qualification for a job? 

This link goes through to the Your Career webpages. This will give you an alphabetical listing of job names that you can explore to learn more about:

  • What things the job does
  • What training you would need to do with the names of some courses to search for (you can follow the link or just use the course name to explore the TAFE NSW website)
  • The skills that employers are looking for in workers
  • The names of some related occupations and what you and could get paid (when qualified)

To search for a job name:

  1. Click on the search here button
  2. Enter the name of a job area of interest in Keywords, for example, “retail” or “nurse”
  3. Look through the list of related jobs and click on the job titles for more information

Job guides

Speak with a TAFE NSW careers counsellor to get more advice on the right course for you.

This free help for future students can help you to:

  • clarify your career goals
  • find a course that meets your needs
  • identify obstacles you may be facing – and help you to deal with them
  • develop skills to manage your career into the future

TAFE counsellor

Workplace Health & Safety

Workplace health and safety resources in 16 different languages

To make it easier for the thousands of workers in NSW whose first language isn’t English, SafeWork NSW has translated a large amount of its workplace health and safety resources into different languages.

There are videos, factsheets, instructional guides and posters in Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese, Dari, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Malay, Nepali, Punjabi, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.

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