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Certificate III completion for ATAR

The SACE Board and SATAC are working closely together to support students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We both acknowledge that many students undertake a Certificate III qualification as part of their SACE, with the intention that it contribute towards the calculation of their ATAR.

Continue the learning

SACE students are encouraged to continue their VET learning, with an intention to complete the Certificate III qualification as part of their SACE, in accordance with the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA’s) advice.

It is important to note, a collection of units of competency towards a Certificate III qualification, without the intention to complete the qualification, would not be eligible for an ATAR.

Schools should continue to enter successfully completed VET results in Schools Online in the usual way, and should continue to verify successful completion of Certificate III qualifications in Schools Online in the usual way using the VET Qualification Verification, and before the scheduled due date of 30 November 2020.

Extenuating circumstances

For those students who were expecting their completed Certificate III qualification to contribute towards an ATAR, for 2020 there is an additional opportunity to submit VET results after the 30 November deadline and still have them count for Round 1 University entry in 2021. These students may use the full month of December and early January to complete any remaining VET or work placement.

For the few students in this situation, please complete the VET Additional Opportunity due to COVID-19 Impact form [PDF 1741KB], with evidence of what learning the student was unable to complete, and the reasons why the full Certificate III has not been completed.

Please scan and send all required information, including supporting evidence from the RTO, along with the student’s academic transcript/evidence of their current Certificate III training and final results via email to our askSACE team by Friday 8 January 2021. 

Each individual submission received after this date will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Schools are responsible for managing how this late application process for Certificate III is managed and the information provided through to the SACE Board.

Any results provided to the SACE Board after Friday 8 January 2021 will not be included in the ATAR calculation for consideration in Round 1, 2021.

These details must be submitted to the SACE Board through the Certificate III verification process and will be considered on an individual basis. A collection of units of competency towards a Certificate III qualification without the intention and best efforts to complete the qualification will not meet the requirement.

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