TAFE SA offers over 1,300 courses and provides training on campus, in the workplace, in the community, online or through external study. Some courses might require two or three years study, whereas another course might be a skills update that only lasts an afternoon.

Courses can differ by duration or by delivery method. Some are open to anyone who wants to apply, while others have conditions of eligibility.

Just as there are many different types of courses, there are different ways to apply for these courses.

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.

Applying for award courses

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 short courses

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. 

Applying for 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. 

More 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.

International applications

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, the AAC team can help.

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.  

Customised training for businesses

TAFE SA can provide customised training to specifically meet the varying needs and objectives of business, industry and employers. A customised approach ensures that the training is tailored to benefit business by focusing on the skills and knowledge needed in the workplace. It also means that employees can study at a time and place that is convenient, with minimal or no effect on business-as-usual.

TAFE SA has extensive and proven experience in customised training. The services available include modifying an existing course, adapting materials to incorporate an organisation’s culture, designing and developing enterprise-based training programs, group training, individual training and short courses.

If you want to undertake study to help you do your job better, encourage your employer to find out more about the training options offered by TAFE SA.

If you're an employer and would like more information on tailoring a training course to suit your business, contact TAFE SA on 1800 882 661 or enquire online.