There are many ways to study at TAFE SA. The way you apply for a course depends on what type of course you choose, but can be summed up in three steps.

  1. Find the course you would like to do
  2. Make sure you are eligible to do the course
  3. Click the apply or enrol button on the course page and follow the prompts to complete your application

Short Courses

Short courses are a great way to try something new – learn a skill, gain a licence, or get a taste for a new career. Short courses include professional development and public sector courses.

Applying for a short course is easy. Once you’ve found a course you’d like to do, read the important course information on the course page. This can include admission requirements and start dates. Then click on the ENROL button and follow the prompts to complete the online application and payment process. 

Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees

Certificates, diplomas and degrees are known as award courses. These courses provide graduates with a qualification – an award – that is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Applications for these courses at TAFE SA are made online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Applications are free and you can choose up to three course preferences in your application.

Once you’ve found the course you’d like to do, read the important course information on the course page. This can include admission requirements and important dates. 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.

Once you’ve read the relevant details and decided the course is right for you, click the APPLY NOW button. This will take you to the SATAC website to complete your application. Click here for more information on the SATAC application process

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships provide a mix of on-the-job and classroom learning. To apply, you first need to find an employer who is willing to train you. You can search for an apprenticeship through the Job Network, in classified advertisements, your school career advisor, or dealing with potential employers directly. Click here for more information on apprenticeships and traineeships.

Secondary School Students

Vocational education and training (VET) in schools programs are available in many secondary schools. Options include short courses, apprenticeships and traineeships, and certificate courses. Applications are made through your school. Speak to your school’s careers advisor to find out more. Click here for general information about VET in schools. 

International Students

If you intend to apply as an international student with a student visa, there is a separate application process. Please click here to go to the international application page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre provides a range of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. If you’d like some help with the application process, click here to go to the AAC page.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, you should read our pre-enrolment information. This will give you background information on the enrolment process, such as dates, fees, policies and responsibilities. You might find you’re eligible for partial credit, a scholarship or a grant. You can also find out if your TAFE SA qualification can help you gain entry into university.