About this event

Can’t wait to turn your passion into a career in 2024? Our TAFE courses, which make up Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Swinburne, will get you there.

Our Try VET event is like a mini open day – designed to give you all the information you need to choose a new career.  

Drop into our Try VET event to: 

  • hear about key study areas and our range of certificate and diploma courses, including Free TAFE
  • try workshops in engineering tech, community services and health  
  • speak directly to our teaching staff and applications team 
  • get all your questions answered 
  • enjoy a free BBQ on us.
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Don't worry! We will be running another Try TAFE event on 23 April at our Croydon campus.

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Taster sessions

Attend one of our interactive workshops to get a feel for what it’s like to study a TAFE course at Swinburne.


Can’t wait to transform lives by helping others? Discover if a career in health is right for you by joining one of our taster sessions in community services, allied health, nursing, and patient support.


Love identifying and solving problems? Whether you’re interested in robotics, mechanics, automation, civil engineering or electrical engineering, we’ve got a session to suit you. Explore your analytical skills with one of our workshops in engineering or electrotechnology.

Explore your options

Interested in a study area not covered by one of our tasters? No problem! We’ll also have staff representatives from construction, law, business, IT, education, design and media to answer your questions.

Take a peek at our Wantirna campus

Swinburne's Wantirna campus

Explore our popular courses

Want to explore more courses?

Check out the full range of certificate and diploma courses available at Swinburne. Many of them provide a direct pathway if you choose to progress to higher education, such as a bachelor degree.

Frequently asked questions

TAFE courses include pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships, trades, certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. These courses provide practical, skills-focused training that leaves you industry connected and ready for the workforce. 

While many undergraduate degrees will take three years to complete, TAFE courses can be completed in as little as a few hours for short courses, 10 weeks for some certificate-level courses, or up to two years full-time for diploma-level courses. 

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid work and formal study at Swinburne. 

  • Pre-apprenticeships (three to six months): Get your foot in the door, try something new and gain some basic industry skills before you start an apprenticeship. 
  • Apprenticeships (three to four years): Combine paid employment with formal training in fields such as electrotechnology. 
  • Traineeships (one to two years): Enhance your skills with formal training while you’re working in paid non-trade employment. You can train on campus or at work. 

Certificate programs focus on technical and workplace skills, while diploma and advanced diplomas expand on a discipline area with increased focus on professional knowledge. Learn more about these course types.

Fees differ across our TAFE courses, so be sure to check the "fees and scholarships" tab on the relevant course pages.

You may also be eligible for some student loans and concessions, or even a Free TAFE course.

We offer multiple intakes throughout the year for our TAFE courses. Some courses may have different intakes, so make sure to check the "how to apply" tab on the relevant course pages.

Many courses are offered with both full-time and part-time options. Other courses, such as apprenticeships and traineeships are only offered as part-time training as students will be working while they train.

Many courses are delivered in a blended format, combining the best of online learning as well as the benefits of being on campus.

When on campus you'll have opportunities to speak with your teachers face-to-face and make use of the many student support services available.

Some courses are delivered 100% online, where teachers facilitate virtual classrooms and learning and assessment is done through an online portal.

The Victorian State Government supports students by offering Free TAFE (Vocational Education and Training) courses in targeted skill areas including building and construction, business, law, IT, education, and health and community services. View the full list of Free TAFE courses.

Why wait any longer?

Take your first step towards a career you'll be proud of and register for our Try VET event now.

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