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VET in the VCE, VCE VM, VPC or VCAL

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include VET within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to their VCE or VCAL.

From 2023, students will be able include VET within the new VCE VM and VPC.

VET credit in the VCE and VCAL

Students can gain credit into their VCE or VCAL through undertaking VET in the following ways:

In 2022:

VET in the VCE

Students gain credit into their VCE by undertaking:

  • VCE VET programs that have been developed by the VCAA in consultation with stakeholders including industry. Information regarding the VCE credit available in each VCE VET program is published on the individual VCE VET program pages on this website.
  • approved apprenticeships and traineeships that are in the same industry areas as designated VCE VET programs
  • other VET qualifications, which provide credit into the VCE through block credit recognition

VET in VCAL

Students gain credit into VCAL as follows:

  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed units of competency from a certificate I qualification will provide on credit towards a Foundation or Intermediate VCAL program
  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed units of competency from a certificate II qualification or higher will provide one credit towards a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL program.

From 2023:

VET in VCE, including the VM and the VPC

Students gain credit into their VCE, including the VM, and the VPC by undertaking:

  • VCE VET programs that have been developed by the VCAA in consultation with stakeholders including industry. Information regarding the VCE credit available in each VCE VET program is published on the individual VCE VET program pages on this website.
  • approved apprenticeships and traineeships that are in the same industry areas as designated VCE VET programs
  • other VET qualifications, which provide credit into the VCE through block credit recognition
VET credit towards the VCE, including the VM

From 2023, the following policies will apply to VET credit towards the VCE, including the VM:

  • Students can accrue VCE credit achieved through multiple VET qualifications at Certificate II level or above, up to a maximum of 180 nominal hours of completed units of competency (UoCs). This will give students two VCE units towards the VCE / VCE VM.
  • Students who complete 180 nominal hours of UoCs in a certificate II or above, then move into another certificate III or above in the same industry* will accrue VCE credit at Unit 3–4 level for the next 180 nominal hours of completed UoCs.
  • Students who complete 180 nominal hours of UoCs in a certificate II or above, receiving VCE Units 1 and 2 credit, and then enrol in an approved apprenticeship or traineeship will accumulate VCE credit from the apprenticeship/traineeship in the following order: Units 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.

    For example, a student completes 180 nominal hours of training in Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and receives VCE VET Hospitality Unit 1 and 2. The student then decides to move into a Certificate III in Carpentry SBAT. For their next 180 hours of training, they will receive VCE Units 3 and 4. Each additional 90 nominal hours of training would accrue VCE credit in the following order: Units 1, 2, 3, 4.

    This policy applies to:
    • all SBATs in certificates III or above
    • certificate II traineeships that are in the same industry* as VCE VET programs drawn from certificate II qualifications that provide VCE Units 1–4 credit (typically trade pathways or pre-apprenticeship qualifications).

* Qualifications deemed to be in the same industry for VCE credit purposes are determined based on their Training Package Industry Code (e.g. BSB, SIT, AUR, etc.)

VET credit towards the VPC

From 2023, students will gain VET credit into the VPC in the following way:

  • 90 nominal hours-worth of completed UoCs from a certificate I qualification or above will provide one credit towards the VPC.
  • Students can accrue credit across multiple VET qualifications, up to a maximum of 180 hours. This will give students two units towards the VPC.

VET qualifications

Schools are able to offer senior secondary students VET qualifications selected from the range of industry areas approved by the VCAA.

Successful completion of VET in the VCE, VCE VM, VPC or VCAL can provide students with:

  • a VCE (including the VM), a VPC or VCAL certificate issued by the VCAA, and a VET certificate issued by a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • two statements of results issued by the VCAA giving details of units completed in the VCE, VCE VM, VPC or VCAL and UoCs completed in the VET qualification
  • an enhanced ATAR, which can improve access to further education
  • pathways into employment and/or further VET qualifications or training
  • workplace experience gained through structured workplace learning.

Students value VET because it:

  • allows them to combine general and vocational studies which for many, provides a practical focus in a range of industry areas
  • provides direct experience of business and industry
  • enables them to explore training in areas that will enhance their pathway choices.

Employers value VET because it:

  • contributes to the development of entry level skills for their industry
  • provides students with a practical and focused introduction to workplace requirements
  • enhances the employability of students
  • enables industry to contribute to educational programs in schools
  • enables industry to participate in local community networks.

More information

For more information on VET in the VCE and VCAL, read:

An Overview of VET in the VCE and VCAL
This information brochure provides an overview of VET in the VCE and VCAL for parents and students.