Starting TAFE

Starting education or training can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Knowing where to start and who to contact for help will give you the confidence and connections you need to make your time with us a big success.

What to Expect

Flexible study options mean you don’t need to follow the HE terms for undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Instead, you should refer to the start date and any other important dates on your offer of admission.

It’s best to enrol in one or two units at a time. This will help you to balance study with your other work and family commitments. We recommend you complete these units in 12 weeks so you can move on to the next recommended units for your course. Course Planners will guide you through the recommended units. You should plan for 10-12 hours of study per week, for each unit.

We will assess your knowledge and understanding throughout your studies. There may be classes to attend, or online lectures to watch, residential schools to plan for or work placements to complete. This all depends on the course and study mode you have been offered. Remember, it’s important to read your offer carefully so you know what is expected. You can find information like class timetables in the CQUni Handbook.

How and when you study may be different to other courses, but you still have access to a great range of support services and online resources. You can also connect with your local campus community, use the facilities and attend the events, or join our online communities by following our social media accounts and keeping up with the CQUniLife blog.

Study Essentials

Moodle, Student Email, Textbooks, Discount software, Student ID Cards and more! Visit the MyCQU Student Portal and login with your student login details to find all the study essentials you need.

MyCQU Student Portal

If you have trouble with this, we're here to help. Please call us on 1300 666 620 or email

TAFE Student Broadcast

The TAFE Student Broadcast is your official student newsletter. Check your student email for the latest news, announcements, opportunities, promotions and more! We recommend that you read the monthly TAFE Student Broadcast and check your student email for other notices at least once a week, in accordance with the Student Email Account Policy and Procedure.


A Student Identification (ID) Card is a non-course specific form of photo identification that includes your full name, student number and mode of study e.g. on-campus or distance, full-time or part-time. To apply for a Student ID Card, visit our online form. For more about Student ID Cards, visit the MyCQU Student Portal.

A Quick Contacts guide to key contacts and where to find information when you need help is available from Forms and Contacts.