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
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements apply to this course

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 qualification 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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

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)

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

This program 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 (year 12)

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 subjects. Based on the above entry requirements, Federation will grant credit for 8 subjects.

You will be granted credit for 10 subjects if, additionally, you have a Diploma of VET/VET Practice TAE50111, TAE50116 or 21697VIC.
The University will only grant a maximum of 66% credit into any program.

Extra Requirements

There are no extra requirements for entry into this program.

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

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TV3

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Total estimated cost of program, which is delivered part-time:
Certificate IV entry (8 subjects) $4,120 student contribution amount

Diploma entry (6 subjects) $3,090 student contribution amount

If you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your fees (student contribution) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program. Each course (subject) falls into a band which determines the student contribution amount.

2023 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL range between $4,124 Band 1 to $15,142 Band 4. To find the Band and contribution amount for each course check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2023 subject listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. Total cost will vary depending on the courses you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your program and any approved credit you receive.

Fee assistance

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution. You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through an SA-HELP loan.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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 courses.

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

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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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