TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia 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.

TAFE WA is government owned and operated, and offers high quality nationally recognised vocational courses for students wanting industry training and practical skills for employment, or to value add to previous studies.

Currently, TAFE WA welcome students from over 94 countries who are studying one of the courses available including Business and Management, Health and Community Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Design and Multimedia, Information Technology, and Engineering, Building and Construction.

Western Australia is unique and offers many extraordinary experiences. The capital Perth is cosmopolitan and welcoming, and in 2016 was ranked in the top 10 of the most liveable cities in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit). With beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkelling, amazing bushland for hiking, art galleries, live music and outdoor concerts, there is adventure to be found everywhere.

As of late 2019, Perth has been classified as a regional center, which has great benefits for international students. Check our blog post here to find out. Contact our team to find out how a course at TAFE WA can help you get the full benefits!

Courses & Facilities at TAFE WA

Study with TAFE WA

Are you interested in studying at TAFE Western 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 Western Australia is the largest provider of vocational education training in the state. At TAFE WA you can chose from 200 courses, learn from highly experienced staff and train in modern facilities. TAFE WA 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 are assisted by our student counselors. We help students with every step to successfully get into Australia and study a course at TAFE Western Australia. You can check out the full list of our FREE international student services here.

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Why Study with TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia is an excellent training provider with over 100 years of experience

TAFE Western Australia 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.

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.

Study with TAFE WA and get an extra year in Australia

Eligible international students can get an extra year in Australia if they study in Perth

Perth is classified as a regional center for international students. This has boosted Perth's appeal as a study destination by providing greater opportunities to international students.

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream includes vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above.

TAFE colleges in Western Australia offer international students a wide choice of skills-focused courses in modern facilities. Many courses offer excellent pathways to university programs.

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TAFE WA has many special features that benefit students

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.

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Study pathways and partnerships with Western Australia Universities

TAFE International Western Australia has partnersships with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia. 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.

However, it is best you contact us to find out your options and whether credit transfer is available for you.

The advantage of completing TAFE and university is that you will have two qualifications, which is attractive to employers and will give you a competitive edge in the global job market.

Experienced teachers and support staff

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.

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 Centers 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 Western Australia Campuses

With multiple campuses across Western Australia in both metropolitan and regional areas, TAFE WA can cater for every students preference. 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.

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 TAFE Colleges 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 2 main TAFE colleges with 14 campuses . In addition to that 2 regional colleges with 5 campuses in total.

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.

North Metropolitan TAFE

North Metropolitan TAFE provides a wide range of courses using modern facilities designed to closely replicate real work environments. You will be provided with support to help you settle into your studies and life in Western Australia. International students have access to the following facilities: Art Gallery at the Perth campus, Bookshop at the Joondalup and Perth campuses, Beauty and Massage Clinic at the Joondalup and Perth campuses, Cafeteria at all campuses - excluding Nedlands, McLarty and Clarkson campuses, Child Care Centre at the Joondalup and Perth campuses, Fitness Centre at the Perth campus
Hairdressing salon at the Balga and Midland campuses, Library with computer access at all campuses excluding Nedlands, McLarty and Clarkson campuses, Prayer rooms and Wireless internet access.

Campus Locations: Balga, East Perth, Joondalup (Kendrew Crescent), Leederville ,Mt Lawley, Perth

North Metropolitan TAFE offers a wide range of study options for International Students including courses in:​​ Business, Commerce and Management, Design and Visual Arts, Mass Communication, Music and Sound Production, Photography, Film and Television
Engineering, Mining and Construction, Health, Education and Community Services​, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management, Laboratory Technology, Information Technology (IT) and Interactive Digital Media, Travel, Tourism and Events

South Metropolitan TAFE

South Metropolitan TAFE offers a wide range of course options and specialised training delivery. You will receive high quality training and support from qualified lecturers.

International students have access to a variety of facilities including: Bakery at the Bentley campus, Bookshop at the Murdoch, Rockingham and Fremantle Maritime campuses, Cafeteria at all campuses - excluding the Jandakot, Kwinana and Munster campuses, Library with computer access, Prayer rooms, Restaurant at the Bentley campus and Wireless internet access.

South Metropolitan TAFE offers a wide range of study options for International Students including courses in:​​ Animal and Marine studies (Aquaculture), Automotive Technology, Building Design, Construction and Engineering including Oil and Gas, Art, Design and Multimedia, Aviation, Business and Management, Children and Community Services, Health, Fitness and Lifestyle, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Hospitality and Food Trades, Travel, Tourism and Events, Information Technology (IT), Maritime

Campus locations: Bentley, Carlisle, Jandakot, Kwinana, Munster, Murdoch, Rockingham, Thornlie

South Regional TAFE

For more than 25 years South Regional TAFE has provided educational opportunities for students in the Great Southern Region. Meeting the needs and requirements of the growing local economy this TAFE offers an extensive variety of programs to its more than 5.000 students.

Nestled in the southernmost tip of Western Australia the Great Southern Region boasts an abundance of nature’s best. Rugged coastline meets white, sandy beaches while further inland the ancient rainforest awaits exploring. Economically, the area which covers over 40.500 square kilometres relies heavily on the production of wool and wine. Other important industries include the growing tourism sector as well as fishing.

Located on the cooler waters of the Southern Ocean the region is well known for its moderate climate and ample rainfall. While the winters can be chilly summers rarely get too hot to be uncomfortable.

The Southern Region is a true paradise for nature lovers. Whether bushwalking or cycling through the ancient and unique Karri-forests or participating in one of the many water-based activities, the possibilities are endless. The famous Tree-Top-Walk near Denmark enables visitors to observe the wonders of this area from a whole new perspective.

During spring and early summer Humpback and Blue Whales visit the coastline and can be watched on one of the various tours.
As the major town of the region, Albany offers cultural and social venues. The best way to find out “what’s on” will always be a chat with fellow students and people from the area.

International students at Great Southern TAFE can choose from the following program areas: Accounting, Children and Community Services, Commercial Cookery and Hospitality, Information Technology, Nursing

Campus locations: Albany, Bunbury, Margaret River

International students can currently study across three campus locations including: Albany, Mt Barker, Bunbury and Margaret River. As the biggest of these 3, Albany functions as the administrative centre. State-of-the-art facilities such as well-equipped libraries, computer pools and modern classrooms cater for a comprehensive learning atmosphere. Specialized training environments like vineyards, a horticultural nursery or the Design and Multimedia Studio in Albany provide the students with a great range of opportunities.

The campuses are connected through an IT-network which features the latest in communication technology.

Central Regional TAFE

Central Regional TAFE features a campus for International Students in Geraldton, 430 kilometres north of Perth. This TAFE is dedicated to preparing its students to fill regional skill requirements, today and in the future.

Choose from a variety of nationally recognised courses across three Campus locations, including the award winning Batavia Coast Maritime Institute, a world class centre of excellence, specialising in aquaculture, marine and environmental science and
research. Our lecturers are dedicated to your success, and our training is focused on giving you real-life experiences, and the best opportunities for future work or pathways into University.

You will fall in love with Geraldton! A vibrant regional city located on the historic Batavia coast. Enjoy the clear blue water and white sandy beaches, with many water sports, fishing and opportunities to meet local sea lions. Along with the many cafes, restaurants, festivals and events, Geraldton will give you a ‘real’ Aussie experience with memories to last a lifetime

Modern learning facilities such as the Ciba Tek Centre which provides a 24 hour computer access for the students are just one advantage of the campus. Furthermore, the Zeewijk Training Restaurant is not just a training institution for Hospitality and Commercial Cookery students, but also occasionally open to the public.

Unlike the metropolitan TAFEs, Central Regional offers the opportunity to live on campus. The so-called Pepperell Village with its twelve self-contained units even sports a recreational area and a gym. Sharing the living quarters with fellow students from different countries and backgrounds might be a great chance to widen ones horizon.

Central Regional TAFE delivers a wide range of courses for its students. The Main Program Areas are: Aquaculture and Fishing Operations, Community Services, Cookery, Digital Media and Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Monitoring and Technology and Nursing.

TAFE WA Courses

ELICOS Program

Especially international students may find a great challenge and opportunity in attending courses held not only in English but about the English language.

The ELICOS Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE is located in Northbridge in the heart of the city of Perth, Western Australia

English Language Courses (NEAS Accredited)

  • General English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • IELTS Plus

If you like the inner city life, you will enjoy studying at Perth Campus. The ELICOS program at North Metropolitan TAFE is delivered in partnership with Navitas English (CRICOS provider code 00289M; RTO provider code 0927).

Facilities at the Perth campus include:

  • Modern, well equipped teaching and learning spaces
  • Wireless internet access and fully equipped computer labs
  • Library and independent learning centre with computers, international and local newspapers and journals, and thousands of relevant books, videos, CDs, DVDs specifically designed for English language learners
  • Bookshop for all student needs
  • Gymnasium on the premises
  • Café and banking facilities
  • International student kitchen, garden courtyard and outdoor eating areas
  • Prayer room
  • Art Gallery
  • Massage + Beauty Therapy Services

Just contact us to receive more details, the application form and help with the usual administrative hurdles.

More about English Courses in Australia.

Academic Programs

TAFE WA offers 135 career-focused courses to choose from. All courses are developed in consultation with industry and are reviewed regularly to ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge required for a successful employment outcome.

Study area include: English, Languages, Communication, Business, Engineering, Computing, Science, Art and Design, Media, Health, Fitness & Beauty , Horticulture and Land Management, Hospitality, Engineering,  Tourism, Clothing, Maritime, Accounting, Aeronautics, Nursing,  Early Childhood & Community Service, Animal Studies and much more.

You can choose to study different levels of courses at Western Australian TAFE colleges.
Each course type represents a different AQF level:

Level 2 – Certificate II
Level 3 – Certificate III
Level 4 – Certificate IV
Level 5 – Diploma
Level 6 – Advanced Diploma

Not all TAFE WA courses are available to international students. All courses offered by TAFE WA to international students are registered on the Australian Government Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and are full time. International students on a student visa are required to complete full-time study of around 20 hours per week.

TAFE WA Entry Requirements, Dates & Fees

Admission Requirements

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.

Enrolment Procedures

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.


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.


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 Music and Media 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.


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 Home Affairs website.

Who to contact for further InformationTo receive free information information about studying in Australia, you can contact AA-Education per email.

International Student Experiences at TAFE WA

TAFE WA student Bogdan Hiticas from Romania is a past recipient of the Endeavour Scholarship and shares his experience:

"The Endeavour award is a life changing experience. It made my dream of becoming a pilot, which had seemed a utopian idea while I was living in Romania, an achievable goal. Western Australia has the best weather conditions for flying, which is why several world top airlines train their cadets here.

However, having a 9 month summer has many advantages besides never being grounded. You can finish a day of study with a swim at one of Perth's beaches, have some fish and chips in Fremantle and enjoy the sunset. At the end of the week there are a lot of choices for relaxation as well, you can try surfing, visit the islands nearby or if you seek the best flying experience, go gliding! As a glider pilot, I will never forget an Aussie thermal.

It may sound incredible, and it is! Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. It is possible and it is the best feeling to be on the right path. I would advise anybody who has a strong vocation and needs to fulfil it, to apply for an Endeavour Award. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain."