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Associate Degree of Vocational Education and Training

Developed for trainers and teachers in the vocational education and training sector. Builds on your existing Training and Assessment and industry qualifications, and qualifies you for a higher pay rate in Victorian TAFE.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
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On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)

This qualification is for teachers and trainers within the vocational education and training sector, in TAFE, Registered Training Organisations, industry or adult education settings; or for people wishing to work in such settings. The qualification equips VET teachers and trainers with high-level skills and knowledge to handle the challenges of industry engagement, new modes of learning and a changing VET environment. You will acquire:

  • an understanding of the principles and practice of competency based education and assessment relevant to a range of settings 
  • insight into the broad social, economic and political context for VET
  • an understanding of learning theories and how to apply them
  • knowledge and techniques to address literacy and numeracy needs of learners
  • an ability to analyse, and think critically and constructively about, issues and developments in the VET sector
  • advanced skills in teaching practice
  • skills and knowledge to liaise with industry at local and national levels
  • skills and knowledge in reflective practice and applied research
  • confidence to pursue higher-level university studies

This part time course is delivered over 2 years, or 1.5 years if you have already completed a Diploma of VET or Diploma of VET Practice.

  • TAFE teacher
  • Vocational education teacher
  • Registered training organisation trainer
  • Training consultant
  • Vocational education and training ( VET ) teacher

Students will enjoy enhanced career opportunities as teachers and trainers within the vocational education and training sector, in TAFE, Registered Training Organisations, industry or adult education settings.

This course meets the requirements for an AQF level 6 or above teaching qualification in the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement. This enables teachers to proceed beyond the fifth incremental salary point.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1 Certificate IV entry

EDTAS1203, 15 credit points
EDTAS1205, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDTAS2001, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

EDTAS2004, 15 credit points
EDTAS2005, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDTAS2003, 15 credit points

Flexible delivery (online, printed material and optional workshops)

This course includes a total of either 100 or 200 teaching placement hours in vocational education and training, depending on prior qualifications. Most students undertake these hours as part of their normal VET teaching duties.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

The entry requirements into the Associate Degree of Vocational Education and Training (VET) are outlined below:

  •  Completion of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE); and

  •  four years industry experience; and

  •  an industry qualification at Certificate III or above.

An associate degree is normally 16 units. Based on the above entry requirements, Federation will grant credit for 8 units.

You will be granted credit for 10 units if, additionally, you have a Diploma of VET/VET Practice TAE50111, TAE50116, TAE50122 (if it includes TAEDEL512) or 21697VIC.

The University will only grant a maximum of 66% credit into any course.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TV3

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Total estimated cost of course, which is delivered part-time:
Certificate IV entry (8 subjects) $4,445 student contribution amount

Diploma entry (6 subjects) $3,334 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government. Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course. Each subject falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample structure or refer to the 2024 subject listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course. Total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

For students who wish to progress to a full degree, special arrangements are in place for Associate Degree graduates to complete a Bachelor of VET by distance education through Charles Sturt University.

If students already hold the Diploma of VET Practice or Diploma of VET, they need only study six units.

Semester One: February to June
EDTAS 1203: Writing and Analysis for Study and Work
EDTAS 2001: Learning Theories: VET in Context

Semester Two: July to November
EDTAS 1204: Applied Research and Reflective Practice in VET
EDTAS 2003: VET Links with the Economy and Industry

Semester Three: February to June
EDTAS 2005: Contemporary VET Pedagogical Practice
EDTAS 2004: VET in Society

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Annette Foley