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Applying & Enrolling: Award Courses (SATAC Application)

About award courses

A TAFE SA award course comprises a structured sequence of study units or subjects, which, when successfully completed, entitle the student to a qualification or award.

TAFE SA offers award courses that range from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma and Degree. Many awards are nested, meaning that the lower level certificate is incorporated into the one above. This allows students to complete the required certificates in sequence and progress through to the higher level awards.

For example, upon completion of a certificate-level course, a student is generally allowed direct entry to the next level. Alternatively, students who meet the requirements and enter a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree-level course, may be allowed to exit that course early with a lower level qualification

How to Apply

All applications for TAFE SA Award Courses are made online via SATAC .

Applications for competitive courses open in the months before classes begin. Generally, applications open in August for courses that begin the following February; applications open in April for courses that begin in July.

Refer to the list of important dates for the current or next enrolment period.

Award Courses - Apply online via SATAC

SATAC Application

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  • return to a partially completed application
  • check or change preferences
  • check or change contact details
  • check to see if you have received an offer
  • check the status of an application at the time of the main offer round

Applications for Non-competitive courses

If a course is non-competitive, your application for that course can usually be made at any time of year.

Course Admission Requirements (CAR)

For Certificate I, II and III courses, there are no admission requirements (CAR)

For Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Degree courses, there are minimal admission requirements (CAR).

Because entry to these courses is not competitive, there is no ranking or other selection criteria applied to applicants.

Controlled admission

While Non-competitive courses can usually be applied for at any time, certain courses may place conditions on how and when they are run. Controlled admission may apply where:

  • a minimum number of applicants is required to make a course viable for offer. If demand for a course is low, TAFE SA reserves the right to withdraw the course and advise applicants of other relevant options
  • the program wants multiple intakes, controlling the enrolment process so a group of applicants begin a course at the same time

Applications for Competitive courses

Entry to some courses is competitive. This is usually because there are more people applying for a course than there are places available. The number of places available may vary from campus to campus, and is determined by the availability of facilities or other resources.

Competitive courses only offer one or two intakes per year, usually at the start and in the middle of the academic year. Applications must be made within the advertised dates for these intake periods.

Course Admission Requirements (CAR)

All competitive courses require that minimum education standards be met by applicants in order to be considered for entry. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance or entry to a course. Some competitive courses may require applicants to submit a portfolio, a written assessment, or attend an audition as part of the selection process.

CAR are determined at the delivery level, meaning entry requirements for the same qualification may differ by campus. For example, if Campus A has the facility to accept more students than Campus B, the CAR may be lower at Campus A, making more students eligible for the greater number of places available.


All applicants that meet the CAR are ranked according to rules set by course administrators in order to determine final admission numbers.

Inherent Requirements

In addition to meeting the Course Admission Requirements, all students of a program must be capable of meeting the inherent requirements for participation and must also be capable of operating independently in an adult learning environment. Students should also be aware of any particular Inherent Requirements of a program.

The Inherent Requirements are those that students must demonstrate in order to complete a course or program. They are those components, which if removed or substituted would substantially impact on the learning outcomes.

Please discuss any issues with the program area or a Student Services Officer at any campus.

Selection process

Where required, applicants must meet Course Admission Requirements (CAR) to be eligible for a place in a course. There are no CAR for non-competitive Certificates I, II and III.

Competitive courses may use further selection criteria to determine eligibility; applicants will be scored against the selection criteria and ranked accordingly.

Check each course page for details on selection criteria.


When offers are made through SATAC, recipients will receive a letter from TAFE SA with instructions on how to enrol.

All enrolments are done online at myTAFESA.  The enrolment process involves providing your details, enrolling into your classes and paying the appropriate fees.

Pre-enrolment Information

Applicants should be aware of the following information before they enrol.

Applicants should also ensure they have read information specific to their course, such as:
  • the accreditation status of the course
  • start date and length of the course
  • time commitment involved in the training
  • qualification/certification to be issued on satisfactory completion or partial completion
  • study requirements
  • articulation arrangements
  • expected employment outcomes
  • assessment expectations
  • detailed costs. 

For further information, students can view their course page or contact the course coordinator or a student services officer at their campus.

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