What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?


VET in the Victorian Certificate of Education, (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) allows students to include vocational studies within their secondary schools certificate. 

Students undertaking VET receive Nationally recognised training from either a national training package or accredited state curriculum which may contribute to their VCE or VCAL Certificates.


Benefits of VET

  • Students may receive an enhanced Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score which can improve access to further education, pathways to employment or further VET education.
  • Workplace experience is enhanced by access to Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) and possible access to School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT’s).


Students Value VET because it:

  • Provides a practical focus in a wide range of industry areas.
  • Provides direct experience in industry areas.
  • Provides an academic advantage in enhancing the ATAR.
  • Offers employment opportunities for students who may pursue part time work while undertaking further study at university or other providers.


Employers value VET because it:

  • Builds entry level skills in different industry areas.
  • Provides a practical introduction into workplace requirements.
  • Enhances employability skills.
  • Enables industry to contribute to programs within schools and community networks.

How does completing a VET subject contribute to VCE or VCAL?

Students can gain credit into either Victorian
senior secondary certificate through undertaking VET.



  • Some VET subjects are able to be chosen as Scored Assessment. This means completing an exam as well as assessments throughout the course and the result can be counted as a primary subject for your ATAR.
  • Other VET subjects can contribute 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four scaled studies.
  • Scored Assessment subjects are identified in the
    individual subject pages.



  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed units of competency/modules from a completed VET Certificate qualification will provide credit towards a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL Certificate.


Do I get a qualification?


  • On successful completion, students will be issued with a VET certificate issued by a Registered Training Organisation.
  • Except for: Certificate III Health Services Assistance. These students will receive a Statement of Attainment of Units completed as it is delivered as a partial certificate designed for secondary education.