How do Australian vocational and higher education qualifications compare for Advanced Standing?

 

In Australia, Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are delivered by TAFE institutes and private colleges. To offer a VET qualification in Australia the organisation must be a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Australian Higher Education (HE) qualifications are available from a university or private higher education institute. To offer a HE qualification, the organisation must be a registered Higher Education Provider (HEP).

The alignment of qualifications across the Australian education and training system is described below, for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) via Advanced Standing at Southern Cross University.

AQF Level QualificationEquivalence of Australian qualifications for Advanced Standing
Masters Degree A coursework Masters Degree from an Australian University is equivalent to a coursework Masters Degree from a Higher Education Institute.
Graduate Diploma A Graduate Diploma or Bachelor Honours Degree from an Australian University or Higher Education Institute is equivalent to a Vocational Graduate Diploma from an Australian TAFE or private College.
Graduate Certificate A Graduate Certificate from an Australian University or Higher Education Institute is equivalent to a Vocational Graduate Certificate from an Australian TAFE or private college.
4 year Bachelor Degree A 4 year Bachelor Degree from an Australian University is equivalent to a Bachelor Degree of the same duration from a Higher Education Institute.
3 year Bachelor Degree A 3 year Bachelor Degree from an Australian University is equivalent to a Bachelor Degree of the same duration from a Higher Education Institute.
Associate Degree An Associate Degree from an Australian University is equivalent to an Associate Degree from a Higher Education Institute.
6 Advanced Diploma An Advanced Diploma is issued by an Australian TAFE or private college. An Advanced Diploma is NOT equivalent to an Associate Degree from an Australian University or Higher Education Institute.
5 Diploma A Diploma from an Australian University or Higher Education Institute is equivalent to a Diploma from an Australian TAFE or private college.
4 Certificate IV A Certificate IV is issued only by an Australian TAFE or private college. A comparable qualification is not available from an Australian University or Higher Education Institute.

 

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