VET in the SACE

About VET

VET (vocational education and training) provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for work. It includes practical, hands-on learning, which suits many students. It also leads to excellent jobs in many fields.

Studying VET as part of your SACE enables you to get a head start on a qualification, which is a great way to fast-track your progress towards a rewarding career.

VET operates through a national training system, particularly for trades and other industries. It is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs), including TAFE.

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Making VET work for you

If you are thinking about becoming a carpenter or electrician, or want to work in tourism or business management, then including VET in your SACE could be the right choice for you.

The flexibility of the SACE means that you can achieve your SACE with a major focus on VET.

You can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.

You need 200 credits in total to achieve your SACE.

The remaining 50 credits are made up of:

  • 10 credits for the Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan
  • 20 credits chosen from a range of English subjects and/or courses at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (literacy requirement)
  • 10 credits chosen from a range of mathematics subjects and/or courses at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (numeracy requirement)
  • 10 credits for Stage 2 Research Project.

You can also focus your Personal Learning Plan and Research Project on the industry area of your chosen VET.

VET Recognition Register

The VET Recognition Register on the SACE website lists more than 200 of the most popular VET qualifications students may undertake as part of their SACE.

The Register shows the SACE level (Stage 1 or 2) and the maximum/minimum SACE credits you can earn for each of these VET qualifications.

It also outlines which qualifications can be undertaken in conjunction with apprenticeships and traineeships, and lists each qualification by industry area.

In line with the maximum allocation of 150 SACE credits for VET, you can earn:

  • 5 SACE credits for the completion of 35 nominal hours of VET towards a VET qualification
  • 10 SACE credits for the completion of 70 nominal hours of VET towards a VET qualification.

Check with your course counsellor for more advice about undertaking VET as part of your SACE.

Getting ahead through VET

Completing the SACE with a VET qualification is a practical choice for students who want to head straight into the workforce, as well as for those heading into further education and training. Check out students' VET stories on the VET minisite.