Picking the right course to meet your needs is a very important decision. It can be particularly important if you are completing a course in order to gain employment in a certain industry. If you do a course that is not recognised or approved, it may not be accepted by employers. All of the courses listed on myskills.gov.au are nationally recognised.
There are a few things to consider before you choose a course:
What kind of job do I want?
What do I want to study?
What am I interested in?
What is important to me?
Will this course get me a job?
Knowing what jobs are in high demand may assist you with choosing a training course.
The future job openings arrow icons indicate the level of employment opportunities over the next five years for the job relating to each course, as estimated by the Department of Employment.
low job openings
below average job openings
average job openings
above average job openings
high job openings
Can I do this course somewhere close to home?
My Skills can show you where this course is offered and your closest training provider.
Click the location icon to view a map of where the course is available.
Is this course available as an online study option?
If the course has the online icon, a provider has indicated they are offering it online.
To find the providers that offer the course online, click the training providers tab of the course page and select the ONLINE TRAINING filter on the left-hand side of the page
Can I get government assistance for this course?
If the course is subsidised it will be indicated by a calculator icon.
Course subsidisation varies from course to course and from state to state. You will need to confirm your eligibility with a training provider that is eligible to deliver subsidised courses. These providers also have the calculator icon next to their name in listings.
Can I get a VET FEE-HELP loan to study this course?
If VET FEE-HELP is available for this course it will be indicated by a VFH icon.
Whilst the course you choose may have VET FEE-HELP options, not all providers are approved to offer VET FEE‑HELP loans. To find the providers who can offer VET FEE-HELP, click the training providers tab and select the VET FEE-HELP filter on the left-hand side of the page.
How do I compare courses?
In the course search results page, click on the star icon for two courses to compare them side-by-side.
How do I choose a training provider using My Skills?
All the training providers listed on My Skills are Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). This means they meet the quality requirements to deliver training and can issue you with a nationally-recognised qualification. RTOs can include TAFEs, private training providers and some industry associations and companies.
There are over 4500 RTOs delivering all kinds of training in many different ways. Depending upon the course, and where you wish to do the training, you may have a choice of numerous registered training organisations.
There are a few things to consider before you choose an RTO:
Is it local? Can I get there?
My Skills can show you your closest training provider. Click the location icon to see what providers are in your area.
How much does training cost?
RTOs can set their own course fees so training costs vary between courses and providers. RTOs have the opportunity to provide this information on My Skills and these are displayed on the provider lists for each course.
Does the RTO offer government-subsidised training?
If the RTO offers subsidised training for the course you are after, it will be accompanied on My Skills with the subsidised icon You will need to check with the RTO directly to see if you are eligible.
Is the RTO approved to offer VET FEE-HELP (VFH) student loans?
My Skills indicates if the training provider is approved to provide VFH using the VFH icon You can find more information about VFH on the financial assistance page.
If I have specific needs (disability services, rural support etc.), does the RTO provide the support services I require?
RTOs describe their services and facilities on their RTO page on My Skills. Contact the RTO directly for further information.
What flexible training delivery does the RTO offer (offsite, face to face training sessions, part time study, online training)?
RTOs describe training delivery options on their RTO page on My Skills. If the course is available online it will be signified by an online icon
Does the RTO have any restrictions against them?
Some RTOs have an adverse regulatory decision against them from the VET regulator. These are indicated with the restriction icon For more information on these restrictions, please visit the ASQA website.
It also might be helpful for you to attend an open day or ask if you can visit the facilities to check them out.