The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) aims to cater
for all students, whether they are heading to work, university or
There are 52 courses available which are grouped into List A (Arts,
Languages, Social Sciences) and List B (Mathematics, Science,
Technology). Religion and Life is a List A course. The various stages within each course enable students to
select programs which meet their needs. This includes students with special learning needs who can achieve a WACE using the preliminary stage units.
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Certificates and
Endorsed Programs are available as alternate pathways for students
wishing to achieve their WACE. Standards for the new WACE courses will
generally be defined by grades from A to E and comparability processes
will help to ensure consistency across the state.
School based Traineeships (SBT),School based Apprenticeships (SBA) and
School Apprenticeship Link (SAL) programs also provide opportunities for
students to meet their WACE requirements and complete a full
qualification. The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s
ApprentiCentre website has information relating to these VET programs
and other VET initiatives.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
There are three ways of doing Vocational Education and Training (VET)
in the new Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE):
- VET industry specific courses are courses where a whole training
qualification is delivered and assessed according to industry-specific
standards with additional required workplace learning and an optional
- VET credit transfer is where students are enrolled in national
training package qualification/units of competency that are not part of a
- Workplace learning provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the workplace and obtain credit towards the WACE.
- Trade Training Centres - DEEWR Initiative (Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations)
- The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is an initiative implemented by the Australian Government in 2008 to provide capital funding for Secondary schools to build and fully equip a training centre in specified skills shortage areas. The aim is to support school students in vocational training, typically leading to an apprenticeship, in skills shortage areas such as metals and engineering; carpentry and joinery, all building trades, hospitality, aviation and transport industries etc.
The industry areas covered in these projects include metals and engineering, carpentry and joinery, hospitality, horticulture, building and construction, plumbing and gas fitting, community services, laboratory skills and painting and decorating.