Vocational Education and Training (VET)

North Training

North Training is the joint venture Registered Training Organisation (RTO) operated by Dickson College and Gungahlin College for the provision of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the North/Gungahlin schools network. Students can complete nationally recognised qualifications whilst completing their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Students enrolled in VET courses are given the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience through Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). Students who can demonstrate competence to industry standard in a workplace context and in the workplace during SWL are eligible receive a qualification or Statement of Attainment.


At Dickson College we offer the following Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications:

* Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (MST20616)

* Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation (AUR10116)

* Certificate II in Community Services (CHC22015)

* Certificate I in Construction (CPC10111) & Certificate II Construction Pathways (CPC20211)

* Certificate I & II in Hospitality (SIT10216 & SIT20316)

* Certificate I & II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICA10115 & ICA20115)

* Certificate II in Music Industry (CUS20615)

External VET can be recognised on your ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

Students who complete vocational qualifications with RTOs external to the school during Year 11 and 12 can have this training recognised on their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. Students should bring their certificates or Statements of Attainment to Jenny Cowell, VET Coordinator in the Careers Office. These qualifications will be forwarded to the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies who will determine the credit value.


Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs) offer students, 15 years of age or over, the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification by combining paid work and training as part of their educational program at college.

Students train for a minimum of 8 hours in the workplace and a minimum of 3 hours off the job training weekly for a Certificate II qualification and a minimum of 15 hours a week for a Certificate III qualification.

On completion of an ASBA, students receive a nationally recognised vocational qualification and they can receive credit for this program towards their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

ASBAs are available in a wide variety of industries including: Building & Construction, Hairdressing, Community Services (Aged Care & Early Childhood Education and Care), Business, Information Technology, Plumbing, Electro Technology and Hospitality.

If you are interested in exploring an ASBA, please complete an Expression of Interest form when you enrol in classes later this year or from the Careers Team, so that you can be placed on our register to receive information on available positions.

If you are already undertaking an ASBA, please let us know at the time that you enrol.

If you are an employer looking to employ a student under an ASBA arrangement, please contact the school Careers Team to discuss options.

For more information contact Jenny Cowell (VET Coordinator) or Erica Brown (ASBA Coordinator).