TAFE WA - TAFE Western Australia - TAFE in Western Australia
TAFE Western Australia
(Provider Code - 00020G)
Why study at TAFE Western Australia?
TAFE International has for the past 20 years, been preparing students for entry into the global economy and being successes.
TAFE Western Australia education and training courses are internationally recognised.
TAFE WA provides students with a satisfying learning experience. Courses are nationally accredited and students have the services of highly qualified and experienced teachers.
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TAFE Western Australia
TAFE Western Australia (WA) Introduction
TAFE (Technical and Further Education) Western Australia (WA) is a network of Government colleges, owned and operated by the Western Australian Government. It is the largest, most widely recognised provider of training in Western Australia.
TAFE Western Australia offers courses to international students in study areas such as Aeronautics, Art & Design, Business & Management, Commerce, Computing & IT, Community & Health Services, Engineering, Hospitality, Mass Communication, Maritime, Travel & Tourism and many more. TAFE has excellent English language campuses which offer Academic and General English, also Cambridge English Courses and Business English. Students who complete either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma can enter into many Australian Universities and receive some credits.
TAFE WA serves a very important function in the educational system. Its primary purpose is to provide students with the specialised skills necessary to find employment. It was established over a 100 years ago and has enjoyed enormous success. 115,000 students study at TAFE WA.
TAFE WA works very closely with industry and business to develop excellent courses and training which are needed in the modern workplace. Students studying at TAFE WA gain practical experience which certainly helps them to be competitive in finding good employment.
TAFE WA courses are both academic and practical. Most international students come to TAFE WA to learn valuable skills to add to the qualifications they already have in their own countries. TAFE courses increase the possibilities of a good career with an “international experience and qualification”.
International students benefit by mixing directly with Australian students in small classes (much smaller than at university) and students are assessed as they study. If they do not succeed in passing a module they can try again and not have to wait another year!
TAFE prices are very competitive compared to other institutions.
TAFE WA has multiple campuses in Western Australia and the metropolitan area in and around Perth. Each campus has free internet and e-mail access, so students can keep in touch with family and friends at home. Student restaurants are located at each campus which offer inexpensive, nutritious food throughout the day.
Student Numbers and Staff
TAFE WA has more than 1,500 international students studying each year. English language teachers are highly qualified and because TAFE Diploma and Certificate courses are developed closely with industry, staff who teach these courses have practical as well as pedagogic experience and they are always ready and able to assist international students because class sizes are small.
Faculties / Fields of Study / Courses / Tuition Fees
Please refer to our agency for up-to-date details of our extensive course list and current fees.
English Language Courses
TAFE WA has xcellent English language centres.
The courses they offer include General English, Academic English, “IELTS PLUS- Preparation for IELTS and Further Study”, Cambridge First Certificate English (FCE), Cambridge Advanced Certificate English, International Business English.
Students need to be at least 17 years old to study English language courses.
To study TAFE’s Diploma and Certificate courses students need to complete an Application Form, provide proof of English ability (or sit the TAFE Proficiency Test) and also provide their most recent academic qualifications for TIWA to assess.
Students choose a course, fill out an Application Form (available online, or by request, or through one of TIWA’s agents) and send this form to us. We will send an Offer Letter to you.
If the student wishes to accept the Offer he/she will need to pay for the course and then apply for a visa. If the course is more than 12 weeks the student will need to apply for a Student Visa.
Important Dates / Academic Year
English language courses have multiple intakes every year.
Mainstream courses (Diplomas and Certificates) mostly have 2 intakes each year in February and July. Again, check the website for precise dates.
Foundation Studies and other special programmes
Most of TAFE WA Diploma and Certificate courses offer pathways to university and in some cases students will receive a full year credit and they can enter the 2nd year of a Bachelor Degree at university after finishing one of the following courses:
Diploma of Mass Communication
Diploma of Commerce
Diploma of Information Technology
Support Services and Facilities
TAFE WA pays particular attention to student welfare. Throughout their courses, students can talk in confidence with our qualified Student Advisors about lifestyle issues, problems or anything which affects their ability to study. A qualified Counsellor is also available for students. International Centres are also located at major campuses, which provide extensive support to international students. There are many opportunities to combine study and have fun in our wonderful sunny city and we’ll help you to do this.
TAFE WA can reserve an Australian family homestay or hostel accommodation free of charge. Another option is sharing an apartment and some very inexpensive apartments can be found in Perth. For current costs of accommodation, please contact us.
TAFEs in Western Australia
From the lushness of tropical rainforests through the tremendous heat of the desert regions to the magnificent vineyards of the south, Western Australia impresses with its diversity. As the biggest state in Australia it covers an area of more than 2.6 Million square kilometres with a population of only 2.1 Million.
Despite this vastness the ten TAFEs in Western Australia have established a network of education and training. Only through the staff’s determination and the use of the latest information technology has this extraordinary achievement been possible.
The densely populated area around the capital city of Perth boasts four TAFEs. In addition to that six regional colleges are spread throughout the rest of the state and provide education even in the remotest areas such as the Kimberley or the Pilbara.
For students who are looking for a true outback experience, natural wonders in abundance and a diversity that never fails to amaze, Western Australia might just be the place to go.
Applications and Enrolments for international students are conducted through AA Education Network.
Please contact our student advisors for advice specific to your interest and situation.
TAFE in WA - FAQ
Can I start at TAFE WA by studying in an English course?
Your level of English will be assessed in any case before classes begin so that you begin at the right level for you. There are two language centres that offer English Language Intensive courses for overseas students. You will study under the guidance of highly trained teachers, who will focus on emphasizing pronunciation, literacy and grammar. Study takes place in small classes so that you will enjoy the luxury of one on one teaching. The centers have well-equipped facilities, which include computer language laboratories and libraries.Upon the completion of your course, you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion, along with a progression report. Classes can be commenced at any time, and you can choose the appropriate course length for your needs.
International students are required to pay full tuition fees before every semester; they are not eligible for government concessions. However, TAFE WA costs are very low compared to most of the other Australian universities.
These fees do not include other expenses such as books, accommodation, meals, transport, health cover, and airfares.
Assistance and advice while studying
TAFE WA College provides international students with assistance and advice throughout their studies. This includes orientation programmes, visa and attendance requirements, accommodation, health care, ID cards and student advice and support.
Can I use my TAFE WA qualification to enter university in Australia?
Studying at TAFE WA is an excellent pathway to university for International students.
Depending on the level of your course, and the Degree you’re applying for,
TAFE WA Colleges can provide you with the right qualifications and arrangements to enter an Australian University.
Can I get recognition for the study, training and experience I’ve obtained overseas?
International students can obtain recognition of prior learning and skills if they relate to the course they are studying. This however does not reduce fees for the course, and can be more expensive due the need to take extra courses in order to maintain a full-time study load.
Finding Visa and Immigration information
The Australian Government provides this information through the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website.
Who to contact for further InformationTo receive free information information about studying in Australia, you can contact AA-Education per email.
TAFE Courses Western Australia
TAFE Western Australia Courses
TAFE WA offers over 250 courses covering almost every area including: English, Languages, Communication, Business, Engineering, Computing, Science, Art and Design, Media, Health, Horticulture and Land Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Clothing, Maritime, Aeronautics, Animal Studies and much more.
Not all TAFE WA courses are available to international students. International students are required to complete 20 hours of studies per week. Therefore, courses with less than 20hrs/week and part-time study are not available.
Most courses commence in January and July throughout the year. There are no fixed deadlines for applications. However, it is recommended that you plan enough time to process your student visa, application and travels to Western Australia before your course begins.
Some courses such as Art and Design require to submit a portfolio as a part of the application. These courses have deadlines that close earlier. It is advised to be aware of these requirements, so that deadlines are met.
English courses allow students to commence their studies each Monday as they run throughout the year.
If you need any information on a specific course, you can contact AA-Education per email.
Especially international students may find a great challenge and opportunity in attending courses held not only in English but about the English language.
Two of the TAFEs in Western Australia include the services of special English Language Centres in their portfolio.
Central TAFE offers the opportunity for intensive English studies (ELICOS) at the Northbridge Campus. The following courses are available:
English Language Courses (NEAS Accredited)
- General English
- English for Academic Purposes
- IELTS Plus
- International Business English
Swan TAFE has integrated an English Language Centre in its Bentley Campus. Just seven kilometres from the Perth CBD the Centre is set in scenic surroundings. With its proximity to the Curtin University the campus enjoys an excellent connection to public transport. The following courses are available:
English Language Courses (NEAS Accredited)
- General English
- English for Academic Purposes
- Preparation for Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET)
- First Certificate in English (FCE) Course
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Preparation Course
English Language Courses (TAFE Accredited)
Certificate IV in English for Academic Purposes
More about English Courses in Australia.
Are you interested in studying in Australia?
Here is some information that will help International Students make it a whole lot easier.
Looking to study in Australia? Western Australia is a friendly and affordable place to live, not to mention how beautiful and sunny it is. It is the perfect place to study whether looking for a pathway to university, or wanting to get a foot into the career world.
TAFE WA is the largest provider of vocational education training in the state. Not only does it have over 150,000 local students enrolling annually in over 3,000 courses, but international students choose to study here from over 30 different countries.
Offering over 250 courses, TAFE WA is renowned for its highly experienced staff and modern facilities. It promises quality learning and practical experiences, ensuring that students graduate with skills that are highly valued by future employers.
International students, who want to study at TAFE WA Colleges are assisted by the AA-Education student counselors. They help students with every step on their way to successfully get into Australia and a TAFE WA College.
Contact one of our student counselors per email and apply to study at a TAFE in Western Australia.