Getting started

How to get started in a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VET DSS) program

Follow these steps to get started on your VET delivered to Secondary school program

Step 1 Talk to the careers teacher at your school about your career plans.

Step 2 Contact the VET DSS / VCAL / Careers coordinator at your school and enquire about what VET DSS programs are available.  Look through the SWTAFE VET DSS Course Guide.

Step 3. Complete an online Pre Training Review (PTR) and Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) quiz to discuss course suitability and career goals with School VET Coordinator.

Step 4 Choose school subjects that comply with your chosen vocational certificate. Eg. Maths, English

Step 5 Check your availability for out-of-school, off site delivery times for your chosen VET DSS program. (Some classes might be held in the evenings, during the school holidays, or at another location, like a workplace)  Are you able to attend all classes?

Step 6 Discuss with parents / guardians of your choice to do a vocational progam.

Step 7 Your school will contact South West TAFE and advise of the number of students interested in the particular program areas.

Step 8 Arrange 'Catch-up' chat with SWTAFE VET teacher to ensure right course for student.  SWATFE will discuss results of PTR & LLN  with student and or parent.

Step 9 Complete your online application via VET DSS portal provided by school.

Step 10 School and SWTAFE to dicuss course viability and any over-subcribed programs

Step 11 School to notify student of successful or unsuccessful application into the VET delivered to Secondary Schools program.

Step 12  Once approved by school and TAFE teacher student's application into VET DSS gets moved into an enrolment. (Automated process)

Step 13 Student pays VET material and resource fees at SWTAFE bookshop prior to course commencement

All arrangements must be made through your school's VET DSS Coordinator


2021 times of classes will vary, depending on Campus and program. The following times and days are a guide only, and are when the majority of VET DSS programs will run:

  • Warrnambool Campus* - Thursday afternoon 1.00 - 5.00pm
  • Sherwood Campus* - Thursday afternoon 1.00 - 5.00pm
  • Hamilton Campus - Tuesday afternoon 1.00 - 5.00pm
  • Portland Campus - Thursday 1.00 - 5.00pm 

*Additional classes will run in the morning from 8.30am - 12.30pm numbers dependent.

Most VET DSS programs will require 1 or 2 week holiday block training, or evening work in the restaurant or workshop. Refer to 'timetables' on this website. This will vary from program to program.
See your school VET DSS coordinator to work out how much of your school class time might be affected.


Student are welcome to stay in our ‘Student Hub’ after class until pick-up.  This is located next to our cafeteria, near the pool table and TV.

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