Certificate and Diploma courses

All courses offered by TAFE NSW are nationally recognised through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

TAFE NSW offers a range of nationally recognised qualifications including Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diploma courses.

Nationally recognised qualifications measure up to rigorous national standards, and ensure that employers and training organisations throughout Australia understand what a particular qualification means, what you've learnt and what your skills are.

Courses generally form a study pathway to higher levels to give you the opportunity to reach your academic goals faster.

Click a qualification below to see a full list of courses at that level offered by TAFE NSW.

Australian Qualifications Framework
Educational qualifications Sector offering qualifications
Bachelor Degree TAFE NSW and Universities
Associate Degree
Advanced Diploma TAFE NSW
Certificate 4
Certificate 3
Certificate 2

How to apply for a course

To apply for a TAFE NSW course, follow the steps below.

Before you apply

Make sure that your academic results and English level meet the entry requirements for your selected course.

Some courses have a prerequisite (previous course) as an entry requirement. If you do not meet the academic requirements, you might like to consider a lower level course (for example, a Certificate course instead of a Diploma course).

If you do not meet the English competency requirements, you can choose to study intensive English at a TAFE NSW English Language Centre before you start your course.

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP)

SVP is for Bachelor Degree and Advanced Diploma courses. Read SVP Frequently Asked Questions for other helpful information.

Students: must complete a TAFE NSW application form and an SVP application form.

Agents: must complete an SVP agent checklist and should read the SVP agent guidelines and the SVP admissions workflow.

How to apply

Complete an application

You can apply online or download, complete and sign an application form – a parent must sign the application form if you are under 18 years of age. Be sure you read and understand the Terms and Conditions.

TAFE NSW Institutes
Course Application form
All TAFE NSW courses Download (pdf 80 KB)

Apply online

Click on the 'Apply online' button on course or package pages to submit an online application.

Look for the Apply online button

If you have already started an online application you can check its progress by logging in to the online application system

Some courses require that you complete additional entry requirements e.g. submit an essay or portfolio of work along with your application. You cannot apply online for courses that require a portfolio.


International students can choose from over 300 courses in Sydney and regional locations. Search from Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree.
Select from these options to see which courses meet your needs.

Find out more about studying at a TAFE NSW institute

For further general information about qualifications, work placement, articulation, facilities and equipment, assessment methods and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) visit about TAFE NSW.

Certificate and Diploma courses

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Apply now to secure your place at TAFE NSW Australia in Semester 2.

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Do you need help?

Ask a question online or contact
DEC International or an authorised agent
for help with choosing a TAFE NSW course
or enrolling.






Course list
International Student Guide
Degree courses flyer

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How to apply

TAFE NSW courses
Step-by-step guide | Application form

Diploma-to-Degree pathways
Step-by-step guide


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Agent search

DEC International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.

These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then DEC International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.

TAFE NSW English Language Centre agents

TAFE NSW English Language Centres also engage agent representatives and details of these agents can be found on the English Language pages for each of the listed Institutes. These agents may recruit students for intensive English language courses but not for any other courses at TAFE NSW.

If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.