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TAFE FAQs

If you are considering studying a TAFE course at CQUniversity you may have a few questions. If you cannot find the answer below, contact us, we would like to hear from you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When enrolling in a CQUniversity TAFE certificate or diploma course you only need to pay for the units in which you are enrolled. This means the full course cost does not need to be paid for in advance. Payment plans are available for eligible applicants, call 13 27 86 for details.

Many CQUni TAFE diplomas will give eligible students up to a year’s credit towards a bachelor’s degree. Visit our Credit Calculator for more information.

The TAFE Academic Calendar sets out important dates for you to know including the start date of each intake and also the last day for you to add subjects each study intake. You can view the current TAFE Academic Calendar.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, prior to the commencement of the TAFE course intake. An early application will increase your opportunity to secure a place in the course and allow time to prepare for your studies.

This will vary depending upon the course you are enrolling and if a subsidy is applicable. You may be asked to provide proof of Citizenship, Residency and Date of Birth in your application or evidence to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements. For example, you may supply a letter from your employer on company letterhead to demonstrate that you are currently working in the relevant industry. If you are eligible and applying for VET Student Loan, you must provide evidence of Citizenship, such as your Birth Certificate or a Passport.

The Certificate 3 Guarantee requires a contribution by either the student, an employer, or a third party unrelated to CQUniversity. The amount of the contribution varies depending upon the course. To ensure TAFE training is affordable, with CQUniversity TAFE you only need to pay for the units you are about to commence. Eligibility will be formally assessed upon submitting your course application. For more information visit cqu.edu.au/subsidy.

VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme available to eligible applicants for most of the TAFE diplomas offered by CQUniversity. VET Student Loans are to assist with tuition fees, and cannot be used for other study-related costs such as accommodation or textbook. For eligibility, courses and other details visit cqu.edu.au/vetstudentloans. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is paid.

Timetable information is available on the CQUni Handbook for enrolled students.

A USI - Unique Student Identifier is a reference number that creates an online record of your training and qualifications attained in Australia. You will need a USI to enrol in CQUniversity TAFE courses. If you have undertaken training since 2015, you probably have a USI. If you are unsure, or need to create a USI please visit usi.gov.au.

Creating a Unique Student Identifier (USI) is quick, easy, and free!

BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) is a pre-enrolment literacy and numeracy assessment tool for TAFE students. This literacy and numeracy assessment is known as the Initial Assessment and provides prospective students and overall ACSF Level (1-5) in both Maths and English.

CQUniversity use this tool to ascertain you have the necessary skills to succeed in your chosen course. The bksb will highlight any areas where you may require extra support from CQUniversity. The BKSB is also required as part of the VET Student Loans application process.

Once your application for enrolment has been submitted, CQUniversity will email you a link to complete the BKSB.

There are several Government subsidies that may reduce the price of your chosen course. Eligibility will apply, and this varies depending upon the specific subsidy. These subsidies, if you are eligible, apply regardless of your income. For further information visit our TAFE Subsidised Training page.

A concession price will provide a further reduction in course fees. To be eligible you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • do you have or be listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card

Or

  • hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card

Or

  • if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Or

  • if you have a disability

For details visit cqu.edu.au/governmentconcessions

A CQUniversity course is a great pathway to further study. In many instances our certificate courses provide credit into other certificate courses, and a CQUniversity TAFE diploma may provide up to a year’s credit towards a bachelor’s degree. Current High School students may also be eligible to start their tertiary education with our Start TAFE Now program. For more pathways information and options visit cqu.edu.au/pathways.

This will depend on the course level, full time or part time, the type of course and how the course is undertaken. An approximate guide would be 4-6 hours a week in addition to class time. Other considerations are whether a placement or residential school is required.

Planning your time is as important as the time you take to study. By planning your time and priorities you can stay on track and not get behind. CQUniversity provides planning tools to assist with your preparation through Handbook.

A common misconception is that only high achieving students are awarded scholarships. This is not the case. CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships and bursaries tailored to meet the diverse needs and circumstances of our students.

Any CQUniversity student who completes a qualification above a Certificate I can apply to graduate at any one of our graduation ceremonies across any of our locations. Those who have completed a short course, either accredited or non-accredited, are not eligible to attend.

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