VET student guide 2017

VET Student Guide


In the spirit of our namesake, Charles Darwin, the naturalist, geologist and father of modern evolutionary theory, CDU places great emphasis on innovative study and research that will change the world and improve people’s lives.

Today we have more than 13,200 students enrolled in VET, Higher Education and Research spread across eight campuses and centres in the Northern Territory, as well as in Melbourne and Sydney. As one of a handful of universities in the country that provides both higher education and vocational education and training courses, we offer alternative ways to access education, particularly for mature-aged and Indigenous students. As well as gaining a qualification, CDU believes that every graduate should acquire universal skills, qualities and understanding regardless of their disciplines.

Our VET courses will help you to develop a range of work skills that are in demand in the current marketplace. No matter who you are or where you are in your life, CDU can help to change your world.

This guide provides the information you will need to become a CDU student, including information on enrolment processes. It will help you to access the services that we provide for students.

Who needs this guide?

The 2017 VET Student Guide is for anyone who is interested in completing a VET unit, course or qualification at CDU. Under the Northern Territory Education Act, to study a VET course, you must be 17 years of age at the time of enrolment unless:

  1. You have completed year 10 of High School and have NT Department of Education (DoE) approval to undertake full-time work or an approved full-time training program. For more information visit the Northern Territory Government's Learn to Earn.
  2. You are enrolled as a school student. If you are enrolled as a school student, you may undertake VET training under the conditions relating to VET for Secondary Students below.

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

CDU provides VET training for enrolled school students on the following conditions:

  1. Age: To study as a VSS student you must be at least 15 years of age at the time of enrolment unless:

- You are attending an Urban School and have provided written permission from the school principal to participate in VSS as a 14-year-old student.

- You are attending a Remote School and have provided written permission from the school principal to participate in VSS as a 13 or 14 year-old student.

- In the case of ‘on-campus’ programs for under 15 year-old students, your school is prepared to provide a responsible adult to accompany you during your VET training.

  1. Parental and/or school permission: All VSS students must complete a DoE VSS ‘Expression of Interest Form’. This form provides the parent/guardian and school approval for the school student to participate in an Adult Training environment.

Children on CDU Campuses

As a post compulsory education provider, CDU’s policy regarding children on CDU campuses or centres requires any child under the age of 15 years to be accompanied by a responsible adult such as a parent/guardian or a staff member from the child’s school.

Courses available at CDU in 2017

The VET program delivery is flexible and varies according to client demand. Students are encouraged to refer to the University’s website, for the most up-to date list of courses. Not all courses are available to secondary school students through VET for Secondary Students (VSS) programs and some courses are available only under an apprenticeship.

Information on legislation, regulations and standards applicable to CDU students

During your studies at CDU various Government legislation, regulations and standards may apply to your studies. A full list that may be applicable can be found on the

NT Training Entitlement Provider

CDU is an approved provider to deliver government subsidised training places under the NT Training Entitlement to eligible students at the Certificate III level or higher.

To access the NT Training Entitlement guidelines that include eligibility criteria, qualifications offered under the entitlement and how to select and access a course or qualification, go to the Department of Business website.

Enrolling in Diploma or higher level courses

From 1 January 2017, if you are enrolling in a Diploma or higher level course, you will have to meet the entry level requirements for the course. For more information contact your VET Team Customer Service Officer.