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How to enrol into a short course

Short course enrolment requires full payment upfront, prior to the commencement of the course.

You can enrol yourself and/or others into a short course by visiting the course page on the TAFE SA website, selecting the relevant date, time and location, and then adding the course to your cart. You can add multiple courses to your cart before checking out.

You will be asked to provide your personal details (name, email, DOB and address).

If you are enrolling into an accredited short course you will also be asked to provide your USI, residency and language, education, and employment details.

If you are enrolling somebody else on their behalf you will only be required to provide their name, phone and email. The student will then be contacted by TAFE SA and asked to provide the remainder of their required details to confirm their enrolment.

Payment via the TAFE SA website must be made using Visa or MasterCard.

Age Requirements for short courses

There may be age restrictions for some short courses – please note that these are listed on the course page under the Pre-requisites.

If you are 16 or under and enrolled at school, you must have permission from your school to attend a short course if it is scheduled during a school term and hours.

For students under the age of 16 you must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form – this will be sent to you upon registration.

About TAFE SA Short Courses

TAFE SA short courses are offered across a range of program areas and provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and hands-on experience for personal or professional development, industry skills or compliance, or for your own general interest.

Short courses run for varying durations. Some courses can be completed within one or two days, while others will run part time over one or more months.

Short courses may be accredited or non-accredited. Accredited short courses are linked to a nationally recognised unit of competency and you will receive a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion of the course. To enrol into an accredited short course you will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Learn more about nationally recognised training and the Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Non-accredited short courses provide you with practical skills and knowledge for your personal or professional life.  You will receive an Acknowledgement of Training upon completion of a non-accredited short course.

Short courses will not result in a qualification.

Fees and Concessions

Fees will vary, depending on the duration and materials required for the short course.

Enrolment into a short course is not confirmed until payment has been made in full. In some cases, there will be extra costs associated with a course, such as consumables. Please refer to the relevant short course webpage for more details on the course fees.

Some short courses may be offered under South Australian Government funding subsidies.

You may be eligible for subsidised training if you live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • an eligible visa holder 

and are:

  • 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • Enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12 and employed in a Training Contract that combines VET and school-based curriculum including SACE, OR
  • Enrolled in Year 11, 12 or 13 and are 16 years of age or turning 16 years of age in the current year of that enrolment, AND
  • Are undertaking SACE or equivalent.

Short Course Discount Codes

Discount codes may be available for some TAFE SA short courses. Discount codes may offer a monetary or percentage value discount off of the total value of the short course delivery. Discount codes are only available to TAFE SA short courses that take payment via the TAFE SA website. The discount code must be entered into the relevant field during the online checkout process on the TAFE SA website.

Learn more about short course discount codes terms and conditions.

International Students and other Temporary Residents

International students (on a subclass 500 student visa) may be eligible to undertake some short courses. International student eligibility will be indicated in the delivery table on each short course page on the TAFE SA website.

International students on a subclass 500 student visa do not require a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) when undertaking a short course at TAFE SA.

Temporary residents on a different visa subclass (not subclass 500) must check with Immigration before enrolling into a short course to ensure that any conditions of the entry visa are complied with. TAFE SA cannot accept responsibility for failure to comply with visa conditions.

Cancellation of Courses

All short courses are subject to minimum numbers.

TAFE SA will contact you 3-5 business days before the scheduled start date to confirm if the course is going ahead. If your course requires you to purchase additional equipment or supplies we recommend that you wait until you receive your confirmation email before purchasing.

If the course is cancelled by TAFE SA due to low enrolment numbers or unforeseen circumstances you will receive a full refund.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be provided if:

  • the short course is cancelled by TAFE SA, or
  • the course has not yet commenced, or
  • pre-requisites are not met.

All requests for refunds must be submitted by completing the short course withdrawal / refund form prior to the course date. A full refund will not be granted if the request is received after the short course delivery has commenced.

Where a refund is to be provided, the refund will be processed back to the student in the same manner with which the short course fee was paid, e.g. if the short course fee was paid via credit card the refund will be credited back to the credit card with which payment was made. 

*Where the short course refund/withdrawal is in relation to subsidised training for which a Training Account has been created, unless otherwise requested the Training Account will be closed.

Email the completed withdrawal / refund form to the short course team.


For general enquiries related to short courses at TAFE SA please phone 1800 882 661 or use our contact us form.

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