Apply for a course

Applying for a course at Victoria University Polytechnic is easy. The hard part is choosing what to study from our wide range of courses at various study levels, including:

  • Pre-apprenticeship (certificate II)
  • Apprenticeship (certificate III) & traineeship
  • Certificate I to IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced diploma
  • Graduate certificate

After you find the course you wish to apply for, follow the student entry procedure on the course page or use the information on this page.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you will need to get a few things ready to submit along with your application.

These could include:

  • Evidence of your study or work history - certified copies of your transcripts/study results, referee reports, etc.
  • Course specific requirements (listed on your course page) - some courses may also ask for additional information as part of the application. It is your responsibility to complete all extra requirements by the closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered. This could be:
    • a supplementary information form
    • a Literacy and Numeracy (L&N) assessment
    • an interview, information session and/or workshop
    • submitting a folio
    • undertaking a test.

If you are applying for a course that has a blended learning component, you will need to check the technical requirements. These are the suggested system and software requirements to ensure you have the best possible experience accessing our eLearning environment. 

Application support

To support your application, or lessen the time it takes to complete your course, you may wish to apply for:

Once you’ve chosen your course and prepared all the necessary documents, it’s time to apply.

Apply for Certificate I to IV, diploma and advanced diploma courses

The method you use to apply for a course at Victoria University Polytechnic depends on your student status, the course you wish to apply for and the time of year.

Current Year 12 students

If you are a current Year 12 student applying for a course that is listed with VTAC, you must apply through VTAC. Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.

You may apply for your course direct to Victoria University Polytechnic if:

  • the course isn’t listed with VTAC or 
  • you wish to commence study outside of semester 1 intake (February/March).

Direct applications to VU Polytechnic are free of charge. Please check the course page to confirm application requirements and closing dates.

Non-Year 12 applicants

If you are not a current Year 12 student, you may apply for your course direct to VU Polytechnic. Direct applications are free of charge.

Check your course page for application requirements and closing dates.

If you are applying for courses at multiple institutions for commencement in February/March, it is recommended you apply via VTAC (fees apply). Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.

Apply for Apprenticeships & traineeships

  1. Find an employer in your chosen trade who will employ you as an apprentice.

  2. Your employer will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and sign a training contract to register you as an apprentice.

  3. Nominate Victoria University as your preferred registered training organisation (RTO).

Within six to eight weeks after successfully completing this process your classroom training will commence.

Read more information on apprenticeships & traineeships.

When to apply

Polytechnic courses run from January to December. Due to their shorter duration (anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years full time), they have varying intakes and start dates depending on the course.

Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses generally accept applications throughout the year, check your course page for the closing date.

Submitting further information

You may receive an email notification requesting further information if you have applied directly to Victoria University Polytechnic and have not submitted the required supporting documentation. Please do not send original documents - these will not be returned. Please provide certified copies of your supporting documentation.

VTAC applicants

If you have applied through VTAC you’ll need to submit your documents directly to VTAC. Find out how to supply documentation to VTAC.

Direct applicants

If you have applied online directly to Victoria University Polytechnic, we will acknowledge receipt of your application via email, and let you know if you need to provide ­any additional documents.

When providing any additional information, please clearly identify the course you have applied for, your name and date of birth. VUHQ staff can sight your original documents in order to certify any copies.

You may also receive instructions about next steps, including where and when to enrol into your course.

Track your application

VTAC applicants

If you applied through VTAC, VTAC will acknowledge all applications received for courses published in the VTAC guide. Please refer to the VTAC website for more information.

Direct applicants

If you have applied online directly, you can login to check the status of your application by navigating to Manage applications > Submitted applications.

How applications are assessed

Course applications are assessed on:

  • the course entrance requirements
  • academic suitability
  • your educational history and
  • your work or other experience.

Check your course entrance requirements in the VTAC Guide or VU’s Course Finder as they vary from course to course.

When a course has limited places, applicants are compared using these criteria to determine selection.

Applicants impacted by special circumstances are encouraged to lodge a VTAC SEAS or Special Consideration application. These circumstances will be considered as part of the assessment process.

As part of their application, TAFE applicants will be asked to complete a pre-training review including a Literacy and Numeracy test. These assessments ensure that the support provided is appropriate to each applicant’s study and learning objectives.

Credits and skills recognition

Through skills recognition, as a current or future student you may be eligible for credits towards your study through 'recognition of prior learning' (RPL), 'recognition of current competence' (RCC) and 'credit transfer'.

Indigenous opportunities

We encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for any of our courses.

Our Moondani Balluk Academic Unit (Wurundjeri for 'embrace people') provide support and advice to Indigenous Australians wanting to apply for a course at Victoria University Polytechnic, as well as providing current students with an ongoing culturally safe environment.

Contact Moondani Balluk staff to discuss course options, and the range of support services and pastoral care available.

Phone: +61 3 9919 2891 or +61 3 9919 2836
Email: [email protected]

You are also encouraged to submit a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Profile Information Form with your course application - this can help with selection for your chosen course.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program helps asylum seekers and refugees gain access to VET courses. Under this program, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre can refer you to a range of subsidised and free training and apprenticeship-pathway courses.

If you are eligible, you won't pay course tuition fees in 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships).

Read about our courses and opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.

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