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How to start your learning journey at TAFE NSW

Whether you just want to learn something new, want to change your career, want to study vocational education at school, or you’re returning to study after a break, we can help you achieve the goals on your learning journey.  

With over 600 courses to choose from,  including short courses and nationally recognised qualifications, TAFE NSW can help you build the skills you need to get a job or to launch a TAFE to Uni pathway. 

If you’re not sure what you want to do, get inspired by exploring a career or we can help you with career advice.  

There are lots of options on how and where you can study with us!

We can take you through the enrolment process, step by step. 

There are several ways you can pay for your study. Some courses also offer funding support to eligible students through government subsidised places.

Contact us online, by post, in person or over the phone to enrol. 

Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to discovering new skills.

Four simple steps to help you enrol 

Find the right path for you

Invest time choosing the right path and you will find your study experience more enjoyable:

  • Find the course you want to study. Make sure the course is right for you by checking when and where it is available, what it involves, the schedules, fees and if you need any prior knowledge or experience in the area. 

  • Take advantage of our free Career Advice service to help you choose.

  • Some courses also have information sessions you can attend to find out more about what is involved.

  • It’s also worth checking whether your previous experience in work, life or study can count towards completing a qualification. This is known as ‘Recognition of prior learning’ (RPL).

Remember, there are many pathways available to get you where you want to go.

Find the right support for study success

We want to help you make the most of your ability when you study with us. 

If you are living with an injury, disability or health conditions such as vision or hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical disability, mental health, autism or a learning disability there is specialist support available.  

By letting us know you have (or think you may have) a disability, health condition or additional learning need before you enrol you may be eligible for an exemption (you pay nothing) or a concession (you pay a reduced amount) on your course fee. This opportunity to save is only available at the time you enrol!

If you need to talk to someone about a condition you think may impact you while you study we can arrange a free, confidential appointment with our Disability Support consultants.  

Apply and provide information for your enrolment

When enrolling you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and to provide proof of citizenship/residency. It’s easy to get a USI – find out how and why you need a USI

To apply locate the course you’ve selected on our website using ‘Find a Course’, then click on Apply Now and provide the information requested.

After lodging your application online, check that you have all the documents you need, ready to show us:

  • If you are eligible for a government subsidised place you need to supply proof of citizenship/residency.  Accepted forms of proof are Australian birth certificate, Australian passport and Australian citizenship certificate or certificate of residency.

  • If you are applying for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) you will need to provide transcripts of your previous study.

We will ask you for your documents when we confirm your enrolment. You can bring them in person to a campus or send us a copy – once sighted we can complete your enrolment.

Finish your enrolment

You will receive an offer letter from us to telling you what you need to do to confirm your enrolment. You will need to:

Your place in the course is not confirmed or held until you have made payment. Your 'time of enrolment' is generally taken to be the date you accept your offer, have paid for your course and have received your learning plan.

Ways to enrol

For many of our courses you can enrol online via the ‘Apply now’ button located on webpage of the course you have selected. You can also pay the course fee online to complete your enrolment.

For some of our courses you may need to send in extra documentation by post or email for your enrolment. Be sure to check the course enrolment details to see if you need to send us anything to finish your enrolment.

In person
You can enrol in our courses by visiting your local campus and speaking with one of our customer service staff. Any documentation needed can be delivered in person to the campus.

We can help you through the enrolment process. Just give us a call! 

What you can do once you’ve enrolled

Your enrolment is not complete without payment of the course fee, an approved payment plan in place, or an approved exemption from the course fee. 

Once you’ve completed your enrolment you will be able access all the benefits of being a student at TAFE North Coast. You are entitled to:

  • attend class

  • sit for examinations

  • receive educational awards

  • use North Coast Libraries and learning resources 

  • access TAFE NSW Support Services 

  • receive an active TAFEcard


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Ready to take the next step?

Great! Why not try searching for a course or exploring a career? Or you could contact us if you have any questions or need assistance. 

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