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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Stage 5


Contact information

For any enquiries, please call the VET Curriculum team on (02) 9367 8310, or email

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses contribute to the broad education of students. They have the capacity to engage and challenge students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities for further education and training and lifelong learning.

Students in NSW have the option of studying VET courses at school or through TAFE NSW or other training providers.

Students in Years 9 and 10 may access VET courses through two curriculum pathways:

VET courses can only be delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) that meet national standards and have the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration.

For NSW school students in Years 9-12 VET is 'dual-accredited'. Students receive recognition towards their school qualification (Record of School Achievement or HSC), as well as a nationally recognised VET qualification (Certificate or Statement of Attainment).

Read answers to frequently asked questions about VET in Stage 5.

Guidelines for access to VET courses by students in Years 9 and 10

The guidelines outline principles approved by NESA for access to VET courses by students in Years 9 and 10. They also highlight important planning considerations to allow schools/colleges to make appropriate choices for their students in their local context.

Advice and planning tools

Advice from other schools and TAFE colleges and training pathways planning can assist schools in planning VET curriculum pathways from Years 9 and 10 into Years 11 and 12 and post-school.

Read information and advice about VET courses and students with special education needs.

Stage 5 VET Board Endorsed courses

View the Stage 5 VET Board Endorsed course descriptions.

Frequently asked questions

Who can study VET courses in Years 9 and 10?

What type of VET curriculum pathways are available for students in Years 9 and 10 to study?

What VET courses should be offered to students in Years 9 and 10?

Why aren’t there more Stage 5 VET Board Endorsed courses?

Can students do Certificate I in Manufacturing (Pathways) with both a timber and a metal specialisation?

Why is it important to complete a Training Pathways Planning Tool for each industry area?

Do students undertaking early commencement of VET in Years 9 and 10 have to complete the HSC: All My Own Work program before they start the course?

Do students in Years 9 and 10 have to do work placement?

Can students start school-based apprenticeships and traineeships in Year 10?

How do I enter my Year 9 or 10 students who are doing a Stage 5 VET Board Endorsed course or early commencement of a Stage 6 VET course on Schools Online?

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