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Study types

Study in your way and in your time because a range of study options is open to you. Choose to do a few units at a time or enrol for a whole qualification.

Regardless of what study mode you chose, all our courses are specifically designed to prepare you for the workforce, enhance your existing career or open the door to a new career.

Full time

Most full time courses offer in-class tuition for approximately 20 hours a week from Monday to Friday.

If you apply for full-time study it means that you intend to complete the course in the minimum prescribed time.

Note that full-time study does not mean that you are in class for the whole week, but that the time taken for tuition, research, and completion of assessment tasks approximates a full-time work load.

Part time

We understand that many people live busy lives, so we offer part-time study options. Part time study means you are enrolled for less than 13 hours a week in any course.​ This gives you time to improve your career options and keep your full-time job or look after your family.



Flexible learning options let you progress at your own pace with access to a lecturer at designated times. If you have work, family, or other commitments, flexible study may suit you.

Flexible study could include your attendance at scheduled classes or workshops, or studying at home through the internet or by correspondence.




Online study is a convenient way of completing a course without having to attend classes. You can work through activities and assessments at home or anywhere you have access to a computer.


Online students usually enrol in one or two units at a time and enrol in other units as soon as they complete their previous ones. This method will give you the freedom to work at your own pace and gain a qualification as fast as you like.

Remember you are not alone with online studies! Your lecturer is available for advice, feedback and general help via the online learning site, email, phone and for in-person, one-on-one consultation.


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A traineeship combines employment with on-the-job training towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Through this arrangement, you will gain new skills and knowledge in the workplace with the support of your workplace supervisors and qualified staff from the college.  

An apprenticeship combines employment and training sessions in a specific trade skill. At the end of the training period, an apprentice becomes a qualified tradesperson.

Apprenticeships usually last three or four years and cover traditional trades such as carpentry, electrical, hairdressing and plumbing.

Traineeships  are mostly conducted  in the workplace, usually last one or two years and cover non-trade areas such as business, hospitality, process manufacturing and health.



All or part of some qualifications can be studied through one or more intensive workshops. These generally last for at least one day and often require some assessment work to be completed out of class.


Short Courses

A short course offers you specific learning in a short period of time. Short courses may cover a single TAFE unit of study, satisfy occupational licensing requirements, improve your skills in a particular work area, or merely satisfy your general interest.

Completion time for short courses varies between a few hours and two days, depending on the particular course.

We offer a wide range of short courses in a number of areas including:

  • business and management
  • information technology
  • high-risk licensing
  • workplace health and safety
  • earthmoving.


We also offer short personal interest and lifestyle courses covering a wide and ever-changing range of topics.  


On The Job

Traineeships and apprenticeships are an excellent way of acquiring skills in the workplace. We can help you to set up the process and support you through to your nationally recognised qualification.


Customised Courses

We specialise in tailoring training to suit the needs of business and industry. Flexible programs can be tailored to your needs - whenever and wherever you want.

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your training and assessment needs and the type of service delivery to suit your business. Phone us on 9892 8888 for more information.

See us for:

  • Training and assessment services
  • Training needs analysis
  • VOCs
  • Skills audits
  • Workforce development models
  • High-risk training and assessment (Worksafe).

South Regional TAFE has a strong base of experience and expertise, built up through success across a wide range of industry and government work. We offer a personalised approach - including flexibility, convenience and adaptability - to best suit your business needs.



International students in Australia are required to be enrolled in full-time study (an average of at least 20 contact hours aweek). Therefore, courses cannot be studied part-time - except, if necessary, when completing the last few subjects of a course.



Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way of using your existing skills, knowledge and experience to get a formal qualification.

The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge and experience you have, regardless of how you got them. This includes experience and training you have gained through paid work, volunteer work, previous training or life experience.

Through the assessment process, you may be able to gain a complete qualification or if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification which you can then complete with additional training. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning.


VET delivered to secondary students

VET delivered to secondary students (formerly VET in Schools, or VETiS) programs provide secondary school students with skills and knowledge to transition from school to employment, and in some cases provide an alternative pathway into university.

Students can complete all or part of a nationally recognised qualification while still studying towards secondary graduation.

Parents and students should discuss their options with their school's VET coordinator. Schools may contact the college directly for specialised program requests.

Read more about VET delivered to secondary students.

Page last updated July 18, 2018