What qualifications will you need to achieve your career goals? Many careers and occupations require a minimum level of education and training relevant to that discipline, which require an official record of attaining a qualification.

When you look at the world around you, and the number of occupations that exist… imagine, what if people who built bridges and buildings weren’t qualified? Or, if a doctor who was about to undertake a complex medical procedure hadn’t received adequate training? What if a lawyer didn’t pass any exams and was about to argue your case in front of a magistrate? Or an accountant wasn’t able to know what tax implications or deductions were allowable under Australian law?

Qualifications are important because it shows that a certain level of knowledge and learning has been obtained. Some qualifications are steeped in knowledge; while others might involve a lot of practical hands-on training, with many others combining both elements of theory and practice.

Australia has a framework around qualifications called the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).The AQF qualifications link with each other in a range of learning pathways between schools, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education, and between education and work. Under Australian law, only registered education and training providers are authorised to deliver and assess AQF qualifications.

Higher education providers are registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). For information on TEQSA visit http://www.teqsa.gov.au/

These days more and more higher education providers are gaining the capacity to offer higher degree qualifications and VET qualifications, and are often referred to as “dual-sector” providers. This can just makes it more confusing. How do you know if the course you want to study is a university course or not? You will need to check out the available providers, and then work out which provider and course of study is best for you, giving you the right qualification that you are wanting to achieve.

AQF LevelQualification TitlesEducation Sector
N/ASenior Secondary Certificate of EducationSecondary QualificationsSecondary Education
1Certificate IVocational Education and Training (VET) QualificationsTertiary Sector
2Certificate II
3Certificate III
4Certificate IV
6Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
7Bachelor DegreeHigher Education Qualifications
8Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
9Masters Degree
10Doctoral Degree
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