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 1 2021 applications
- Applications Open – Monday 14 September 2020
- Round 1 applications and preference change close – Friday 4 December 2020
- Round 2 applications close – Tuesday January 5 2021
- Offers – (Non Competitive Course) – 14 September 2020 to 11 January 2021*
- Round 1 offers – (Competitive Course) – Thursday 7 January 2021**
- Round 2 offers – (Competitive Course) – Tuesday 19 January 2021**
- Expression of Interest applications will be accepted via tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au after the closing date
*Non-competitive courses: Offers are made throughout the intake for courses that are not competitive. Offers are available online at tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au and will be emailed.
**Competitive courses: offers will be available online at tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au and will be emailed from 12 pm.
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: 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