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Navigating VET in Australia for Overseas Students

Unlock the potential of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia for international students seeking practical skills and career advancement.

Decoding VET: A Guide for Overseas Students

International students are increasingly turning to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Australia to gain practical skills and real-world experience. VET offers a unique blend of theory and hands-on learning, making it an attractive pathway for those looking to enter the workforce or advance their existing careers. Nationally accredited VET courses are designed and taught by industry experts and can be delivered by:

  • Government-owned technical and further education (TAFE) institutes for domestic students

  • Independent registered training providers (RTOs) for international students, and

  • Dual sector universities that offer VET and higher education programs.

Choosing the Right VET Course and Institution

All courses available to international studies are approved by the government through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration system. Generally, most international colleges and universities will have a CRICOS number in the footer of their website. It can be very confusing to understand whether courses are only available to domestic students or also to international students so looking for the CRICOS number will help you know you are probably on a website that is suitable for your studies. Prospective students should consider factors such as course content, duration, costs, campus location, and available support services for international students.

Why Origin Institute?

RTO ID: 45276

CRICOS Provider ID: 03819K

  • Pathways to work - Australia’s VET system has a world-class reputation for aligning qualifications with industry needs, so what you learn at Origin Institute will be what you need for your job.

  • Pathways to university or further study – Your VET qualification from Origin Institute can be a stepping stone towards further study or a higher education (university level) degree.

  • Taught by industry experts - All Origin Institute instructors and trainers have recent and relevant experience in their industry.

  • Quality education standards – Origin Institute meets all the strict quality standards for registered training organisations (RTOs). To make sure standards are met, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) monitor all our courses and education and training providers.

  • Diverse learning environments - You can study on-campus in one of Australia’s major cities in our Clayton campus or you might choose our regional campus in Clyde North.

  • Top-quality learning spaces and equipment – Origin Institute gives students access to state-of-the-art learning spaces and equipment in both our campuses that simulate actual work environments in Building and construction. This is to help prepare our students for real-world jobs.

VET Qualifications levels offered by Origin Institute

Each qualification from Origin Institute is nationally recognized and follows the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This ensures consistency in the quality of education and training across the country, providing international students with assurance that their investment in education will be respected wherever they go.

Certificate III in Carpentry (CRICOS Code: 104879B)

  • Duration: 75 weeks Full-time

  • Career outcome: Qualified tradesperson or technician

  • Duration: 31 weeks Full-time

  • Career outcome: Building construction supervisor, building associate, Clerk of works

Diploma of Building & Construction (Building) (CRICOS Code: 103760C)

  • Duration: 66 weeks Full-time

  • Career outcome: Registered builder, construction manager, domestic builder, building estimator, building/construction project supervisor.

Higher Education Pathways

Each VET qualification can be a first step towards a new job or a new skill, or a pathway to further study. Origin institute works collaboratively with several higher education partners like Swinburne University to offer higher education pathways. Students from Origin Institute who graduate with Diploma of Building & Construction may be eligible for entry into the second year of Bachelor of Construction Management (Honour) and may receive course credits. We encourage all interested students to contact us to discuss further potential pathways.  

The minimum entry requirements for all our VET programs include.

  • Minimum 18 years of age at the time of application

  • Minimum of 12 years of schooling or equivalent

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. *(If unable to meet English requirements, Origin Institute can arrange for Students to have an English test with our partner ELICOS providers)

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning

Origin Institute ensures that RPL and CT is offered to all applicants on enrolment, through an RPL/CT eligibility assessment. RPL candidates are to provide current, quality evidence of their competency against the relevant unit of competency. This process may be directed by the candidate and verified by the assessor, such as in the compilation of portfolios; or directed by the assessor, such as through observation of workplace performance and skills application, and oral and/or written assessment. Where the outcomes of this process indicate that the candidate is competent, structured training is not required. Please contact us for more details on RPL/CT.

Any person on a construction site needs a construction induction card. Origin Institute offers the unit of competency ‘CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry’ with an allocation of 6 hours to all Certificate III in Carpentry, Certificate IV, and Diploma in Building and Construction students prior to undertaking their course. This program is conducted separately from other accredited courses and does not require students to have their confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for study. International students simply need to provide our team with their Visa status to verify on VEVO with the Department of Home Affairs their study entitlement. This unit of competency is recognised by WorkSafe Victoria for the registration of construction workers for workplace health and safety induction. In Victoria, Origin Institute runs White Card training in more than 25 locations, so you can find a convenient training location for you easily.


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