Vocational Education and Training (VET)

What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to acquire skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course. VET is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs).

At St Columba College, we are supportive of students who wish to engage in VET whilst completing their SACE. Students can use up to 150 SACE credits of VET towards their SACE.

We currently have students undertaking various VET courses at both Certificate II and Certificate III levels, including Construction and Trades, Fitness and Sport, Animal Studies, and Early Childhood Education and Care. We also have a number of students who are completing a school-based apprenticeship, obtaining on-the-job training whilst completing their SACE.

How does it work?

VET counts towards a student’s SACE. As students achieve competency in the various units of their courses, these results are added to their SACE records. The VET Recognition Register can be used to determine the maximum SACE credits associated with a VET course.

Our Pathways Coordinator will support and provide counselling to students to assist with their decision to undertake a VET pathway. We will then engage the RTO to commence the enrolment process. 


What will it cost?

The College is committed to supporting students and their families and will rebate 75% of the VET fee up to a maximum of $2,000 per student.


The SACE is intended to be flexible, at St Columba we facilitate opportunities for students to explore many different VET courses, including:

  • Business Administration
  • Electro-Technology
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Indonesian Language
  • Salon Assistance (Beauty Industry)
  • Animal Studies
  • Retail Cosmetics
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Construction Pathways
  • Hospitality
  • Health Services Assistance

Should you have any further questions regarding VET opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact our Assistant Head of Curriculum and Learning (10-12), Mrs Natasha Williams: natasha.williams@stcolumba.sa.edu.au