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Learn more about TAFE SA's entry requirements and selection criteria

You can access a range of vocational education and training courses and degrees at TAFE SA. Each course may have particular admission criteria you need to meet.

You can find specific admission criteria within each award course.

Many Certificates I to Advanced Diploma have no entry requirements. If you wish to access subsidised training, you will need to complete the CORE Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).

Most Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses are eligible for VET Student Loans. To access a VET Student Loan you will need to show you are academically suited to undertake the course  by either:

  • providing a copy of your senior secondary certificate of education; OR
  • achieving satisfactory results in reading, writing and numeracy skills by completing the CSPA; OR
  • providing a copy of a qualification at Certificate IV level or above that has been delivered in English.

Ranking is used for entry to competitive courses where class numbers are restricted. This may include:

  • date of application
  • audition / written assessment / portfolio score

Higher education admission criteria

There are several ways you can meet the entry requirements for TAFE SA higher education courses. TAFE SA will consider applicants who:
  • Have previously been enrolled in higher education study, such as a university degree
  • Have studied a vocational education and training course at TAFE SA or another Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Are finishing year 12, or have completed secondary education within the last two years
  • Have other work and life experience.

Visit TAFE SA Degrees to view available qualifications and to learn more about higher education admission criteria.

Age restriction

You must be 16 years old, and not enrolled in school, before you can enrol in a TAFE SA course.

If you are under 16 years old, you can still apply for TAFE SA courses through SATAC, but you will need parental/guardian consent.

Please contact SATAC before starting an online application.

In South Australia, young people aged 6 to 16 years are of compulsory school age. By law, they must be enrolled in and attending school full-time. Young people aged 16 and 17 must be in full-time education or training, or employed full-time.

Subsidised Training

You may be eligible for government subsidised training based on your employment and training level. 

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