TAFE International Western Australia

  • The automotive centre at Metropolitan South TAFE. Photo credit: TAFE International Western AustraliaThe automotive centre at Metropolitan South TAFE. Photo credit: TAFE International Western Australia
  • Kitchen facilities for trainee chefs. Photo credit: TAFE International Western AustraliaKitchen facilities for trainee chefs. Photo credit: TAFE International Western Australia
  • TIWA has campuses throughout Western Australia. Photo credit: TAFE International Western AustraliaTIWA has campuses throughout Western Australia. Photo credit: TAFE International Western Australia

For over 20 years, international students have studied at TAFE Western Australia institutes to gain a career head start and to experience the amazing sun-kissed lifestyle of Western Australia.

TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education, and is a network of government owned higher education institutes located across Perth and Western Australia that focus on teaching students valuable skills and practical knowledge.

TAFE Western Australia has over 100,000 students, including more than 3,000 international students from all over the world.

In Australia, TAFE is more popular than university because TAFE courses are shorter, more practical, less expensive and closely linked to industry. As a result, employers view TAFE graduates highly.

TAFE is a perfect option for all kinds of people. Whether you have just finished secondary school and want to pursue a study area that is more career-focussed than university, or you are a mature age student who wants a career change and a less daunting transition back into study, TAFE provides a welcoming and supportive study environment for people to achieve their best.

TAFE study is flexible, and offers a range of course lengths and levels. This means that students can choose the level of qualification that best meets their needs and interests.

If you want a shorter study abroad experience, for instance, a six-month certificate course might be the perfect introduction to studying in Australia while also giving a qualification that will help you in your future career.

If you are interested in a higher-level qualification, TAFE offers diplomas; advanced diplomas and university-level associate degree courses. TAFE Western Australia has pathway agreements with prestigious Western Australian universities, which means that your TAFE qualification can give you credit towards a university degree. This can shorten your university studies significantly and save you money.

TAFE Western Australia also has a number of regional campuses, find out more about those here.

Location: 
Campuses throughout Perth and Western Australia
CRICOS: 
00020G, 01723A
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Student facilities and training

TAFE Western Australia offers modern and world-class facilities with the latest industry equipment, and students benefit from small class sizes with personalised attention from lecturers who are professionals in their field.

TAFE Western Australia also offers its students key practical advantages including work-placements and interaction with industry professionals. This career-focussed style of learning prepares students for entry into the workforce.

Exposure to industry also helps students develop relationships and connections which can be useful when transitioning
to the workforce post-study.

Our campuses

In all, there are 28 TAFE campuses to choose from across Western Australia, ensuring that students can find the ideal base for work and play.

In Perth, all TAFE campuses are only
 a train or bus ride away, so it is easy to get to class and also to explore the city, the beaches and all the other attractions. TAFE students receive discounted public transport around Perth and free travel within the city centre.

TAFE campuses all have a mix of local and international students, creating an interesting and lively student atmosphere. Depending on the course, you can choose between a city campus like Central Institute which is located right near the excitement of the city centre, close to cafes, bars and shops, or a suburban campus like Challenger Institute, West Coast Institute or Polytechnic West which are surrounded by nature in a more relaxed, laid back setting. Or you could study at a TAFE institute in a regional town or city, ensuring a totally different student experience.

It’s not all study though. At about 20 hours per week in class for most courses, students have more than enough time to make the most of the famous Western Australian beaches and lifestyle and also work part-time if they choose.

If you want to discover the best of Australia and get a head-start in life, TAFE Western Australia is waiting for you.

Our courses

TAFE Western Australia offers all kinds of creative and career-focussed courses in the following areas:

  • Art, Design and Multimedia
  • Aviation
  • Building Design, Construction and Engineering
  • Business and Management
  • Children and Community Services
  • Health, Recreation and Lifestyle
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Maritime
  • Science and Environmental Studies

Oil and gas qualifications


Study a Diploma of Engineering (Oil and Gas) at TAFE Western Australia to develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career in the oil and gas industry. During this course you will explore the geophysical and chemical formation of petroleum and the concepts of petroleum geology. You will learn about drilling operations, both onshore and offshore; concepts of downhole pressure conditions and formation mechanisms, and well control methodologies. This course also covers the environmental effects of engineering.

It provides career opportunities in various areas of the oil and gas industry including project close out coordinator, joint venture coordinator, petroleum technician, and FLNG operator.

This course is delivered at Central Institute. The vibrant campus offers world class facilities and strong links to industry players.

Veterinary nursing in Western Australia

Study a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE Western Australia to develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career as a vet nurse. If you enjoy working with animals then this course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to help veterinarians in the treatment and care of animals requiring medical and surgical attention.

You will learn to carry out veterinary clinic reception duties, help with surgical preparations and procedures, respond to emergencies, take blood tests and x-rays and prepare medicines prescribed by the vet. You will also learn how to provide safe and effective animal care, comply with infection control and maintain equipment. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of workplace safety, general administration, stock control as well as coordinating consulting and theatre routines. You will also take part in practical training at the veterinary clinic on campus.

Process plant qualifications

Study an Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology at TAFE Western Australia to develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career in the process plant industry.

You will develop the practical skills 
and knowledge to participate in planning and managing plant shutdowns and modifications, taking a leading role in
the establishment of systems intended to prevent or enable responses to incidents or emergencies and following environmental work practices. You will also learn about advanced safety case preparation,
incident response management, plant documentation and environmental impacts of the process.

This course builds on the diploma course and provides career opportunities in various areas of the process plant technology industry including project close out coordinator, joint venture coordinator, petroleum technician, technical assistant, and FLNG operator.

The course is delivered at ACEPT (Australian Centre for Energy Process Training), a state of the art oil and gas training facility in Perth’s southern suburbs. ACEPT has links with big players in the oil and gas industry and provides real-world like exposure to working in the industry.

Photography

Study an Advanced Diploma of Photography at TAFE Western Australia to develop the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career as a photographer.

You will develop skills in business, research, illustration, exhibition, self-promotion and contemporary studio photography. You will also be able to choose to develop skills in industrial and scientific photography, fine art photography, design or photojournalism. You will undertake a supervised work placement, allowing you to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in real life situations.

This course is delivered at Central Institute in Perth’s buzzy Northbridge neighbourhood, right in the centre of the city and Perth’s creative arts precinct. The vibrant campus offers world class studio facilities and links to industry players.

Student Experience

  • Nathanial on the beach
    Surfing before class and having the experience of a lifetime, it's all part of studying in amazing Western Australia
  • Faye (far right) and the team of international student mentors at Challenger Institute. Photo credit: Faye Hooper
    Faye studied at Challenger Institute, and has now just completed her first year at Murdoch University
  • Studied a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE WA
  • Lisa Kane
    Lisa, 33, is from Runcorn. She’s just started studying dental nursing at TAFE Central Institute of Technology in Western Australia
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