Higher education certificates/tertiary education certificates


Vocational Training Queensland

Vocational Training Queensland (VTQ) is a Department of Education partnership providing inclusive training to young people across Queensland who need support in developing their literacy, numeracy and learning skills, including those in remote communities.

Courses are designed to support young people at different stages of their learning with a wide range of skill levels, including early school-leavers. VTQ provides both accredited training in the Certificates in General Education for Adults (CGEA) and pre-vocational learning programs to improve literacy, basic math and general education skills. This supports participants to access further study, employment or to participate in the community.

Accredited courses offered:

  • 22471VIC Course in Initial General Education for Adults
  • 22476VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) (2 QCE points)
  • 22472VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (2 QCE points).

There are a range of pre-vocational courses, aligned to the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities in Literacy and Numeracy, offered for young people who are still building their skills and confidence.

For more information on the courses available, contact Vocational Training Queensland.


Catch is a partnership between State Schools—Indigenous Education and Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre's Registered Training Organisation to deliver certificate courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Queensland. Its purpose is to increase employment prospects for students by attaining a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), learning in real world contexts, enriching cultural knowledge and connecting to community.

Courses offered:

  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (4 QCE points)
  • Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (4 QCE points).

Note: students must be 15 years of age to enrol in the above certificates.

The certificate courses can be delivered a variety of ways depending on the geographic location, student needs and school priorities. The department's Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres are utilised where possible to provide students with learning opportunities outside the traditional school setting, enable students to engage in hands-on learning in the natural environment and provide different scenarios for work-related tasks.

For more information on the courses available, contact the Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre.

Community-based teacher education

RATEP was established in 1990 and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in persuing careers within the education sector, both schools and early childhood services.

RATEP's aim is to increase the number of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and qualified para-professionals in Queensland by offering courses in communities where students live. RATEP centres are based in numerous school communities, where teacher coordinators are employed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to become autonomous learners as they complete education qualifications.

RATEP offers courses through TAFE Queensland North and James Cook University to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Queensland. Course candidate selection is based on criteria related to personal and academic suitability.

TAFE Queensland North

TAFE Queensland North offers the following:

  • Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (8 QCE points) targeting Year 11, 12 and adult students
  • Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, where under the RATEP partnership, students may also gain the equivalent to 1 year of credit towards a Bachelor of Education
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (in targeted communities)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (in targeted communities).

Students studying through RATEP gain and upgrade their education and early childhood qualifications while staying in their communities. Students study through a mix of online delivery and residential blocks while receiving ongoing support from TAFE teachers and teacher coordinators.

James Cook University

The James Cook University offers a Bachelor of Education, which is an additional 3 years of study, to applicants who have completed the Diploma in Education through TAFE Queensland North or have equivalent accreditation from James Cook University for previous study.

For information, contact the State Program Coordinator on (07) 4037 3836 or email

Last updated 03 December 2020