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How to apply

Take the first steps to starting life as a GOTAFE student.

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There are a number of ways you can apply for a course at GOTAFE. Most of our courses are available for online or in-person application and enrolment, and we also have a selection of courses available for application through VTAC.

If you're planning to study an Apprenticeship, you'll need to find an employer before you can apply. Find out more about our application processes below.

Apply in person

For the majority of our courses, we encourage you to contact us directly and apply in person. In-person applications give us the opportunity to talk to you about your goals for study and work, and make sure the course you've selected is going to set you up for success.

We can walk you through the process

When you apply in-person, you'll meet with some of our specialised trainers and career advisors who will walk you through the application process, make sure you're happy with your decision and have all the information you need before you enrol in your chosen course.

Apply online

We also have a selection of courses available for online applications. Applying online is easy and fast—in fact it can be completed in just a few steps:

Find a course you want to study. Once you've selected a course you're happy with, look for the 'Apply now' or 'Enrol' buttons on the course page. If the course has an 'Enrol' button, you can enrol and pay online straight away. If a course has an 'Apply now' button, this usually means that we need more information from you before we can enrol you in the course. Once you've applied online, we'll contact you to assess your application and talk more about the course to make sure it's the right one for you.

When you click 'Enrol' or 'Apply now', you'll be taken to a registration page. If you're new to GOTAFE, click the 'New student register and apply' button and register your details with us. You will need to provide some personal details, including your name, address, contact details, and citizenship status. If you've been a GOTAFE student before, you can log in with your current Student ID and password and add a new application on the My Courses page.

For courses with immediate online enrolment, you will be taken through to a secure credit card payment, and we'll send you a confirmation email to let your know your payment was successful.

Submit your application. You will receive a confirmation email with the details of the course you've registered for, as well as any information about next steps.

What happens if a course is not available?

If you'd like to study a course that isn't showing any upcoming dates, you can submit an expression of interest using the 'Register your interest' button, and we'll contact you when the course becomes available for application or enrolment.

Other Ways to Apply

Applying through VTAC

A selection of our courses are available for application through VTAC. Check the course page to find out if your course requires a VTAC application. To get a copy of the VTAC booklet or find out more about VTAC applications, visit the VTAC website.

Applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship

Before you can apply to study an apprenticeship or traineeship with GOTAFE, you'll need to find an employer. Find out more about the apprentice and trainee application and registration process here.

Recognition of prior learning

Some courses allow you to gain credits for skills you've developed through work, volunteering, previous study, or life in general. Our Recognition of Prior Learning Assessors will work with you to assess how your skills can help you gain credits toward your study.

To apply for recognition of prior learning:

  1. Decide what qualification you would like to gain;
  2. Contact us and we'll send you a recognition of prior learning kit for your qualification;
  3. Go through the kit to see how your current skills match up to the competencies required for your qualification;
  4. Use the kit to gather evidence to support your application for recognition of prior learning; and
  5. Make an appointment with our Recognition of Prior Learning Assessors for an assessment.

Still have questions?

Get in touch and we'll guide you through the process step by step.