Vocational Education


​​Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational education and training (VET) is "education and training for work" and part of a broader educational network in Australia that includes Schools, Universities and adult and community education. 

Students at Woodcrest State College may access Certificate I, Certificate II or Certificate III qualifications. Successful completion of these certificates gains students national accreditation and provides them with a variety of career pathways and further vocational studies. 

Certificate qualifications are competency based and often require students to undertake structured work placement where skills gained or demonstrated will be recorded in a log book. Vocational qualifications are issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). 

VET Programs

Current Certificates offered either onsite or off include:

  • Certificate II in Music
  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation - Binnacle Training
  • Certificate II in Visual Art
  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate III in Business - Binnacle Training
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate III in Fitness - Binnacle Training
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Certificate courses with an external partner generally attract an additional RTO fee.


Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) programs give high school students the opportunity to gain nationally recognised trade qualifications while still attending school. The Schools Programs offered by TAFE Queensland South West provide students with the opportunity to engage in practical hands-on work and develop pathways into the industry of interest for their chosen career. Students enrolled in VETiS programs will generally attend TAFE one day per week.  VETiS programs are reviewed each year and generally advertised in the later part of the year. Enrolment is directly to the TAFE but managed through the Head of Department Senior Schooling. Some of the VETiS course are free while others attract a fee. TAFEs accessed by Woodcrest students include campuses at Bundamba, Mt Gravatt, Acacia Ridge, Logan, Grovely and Southbank.

The WesTEC Trade Training Centre also offers Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) courses to students. WesTEC is owned by a local cluster of schools including Redbank Plains, Springfield Central and Forest Lake State High Schools. Woodcrest State College is the lead school and manages the centre.  Courses at WesTEC run for twelve months and are delivered by TAFE South West. They currently include:

  • Certificate I in Construction
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Logistics
  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate II in Hairdressing

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs).

Senior Secondary students may undertake school‐based apprenticeships/traineeships (SATS), providing them with the opportunity to commence their chosen apprenticeship or traineeship prior to leaving school. 

Students on SATs combine one or two days per week completing recognised training in the workforce with three to four days at school with their senior studies. A training contract must be completed and registered through the Department of Education and Training (DET). The school manages the employment contract but is not an employment agency and does not provide SATs for students.  

Last reviewed 02 February 2022
Last updated 02 February 2022