Types of Qualifications in Australia

Qualifications In Australia

There are several levels of study you can complete in Australia to give you a nationally recognised qualification. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) was developed to ensure that all education and training qualifications across Australia have a high standard, and are given titles which represent this higher education level. All Australian vocational education and training qualifications are regulated by the AQF. Each AQF level of education represents a certain amount of vocational education and training. This sort of organisation system allows students to clearly recognise their study pathways.

Higher Education Qualifications

  • Diploma
  • Advanced diploma
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor degree
  • Bachelor honours degree
  • Graduate certificate
  • Graduate diploma
  • Masters degree
  • Doctoral degree

Vocational education and training (VET)

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced diploma
  • Vocational graduate certificate
  • Vocational graduate diploma

Qualification Types in Australia

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The Australian Qualifications Framework helps to differentiate and make sense of each individual qualification. This way students can understand the level of qualifications and the difference between qualification such as an advanced diploma and a bachelor degree. All qualifications are regulated by the AQF and are given an AQF level to represent the level of education and training it provides. This nationally standardised framework helps employers address the level of training and education they expect their workers to have, and allows students to clearly plan their study pathway. It also allows for the easy transferral of studies. For example you could start studies in one state and complete them in another as they follow the same Australian Qualifications Framework. The AQF can also be divided into three education sectors; schools sector, Vocational Training and Education (VET) sector and the higher education sector.

AQF Level Qualification Type Qualification Title AQF Sector
1 Certificate I Certificate I (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
2 Certificate II Certificate II (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
3 Certificate III Certificate III (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
4 Certificate IV Certificate IV (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
5 Diploma Diploma (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
6 Advanced Diploma Advanced Diploma (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector and Higher Education Sector
6 Associate Degree Associate Degree (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector
7 Bachelor Degree Bachelor (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector
8 Bachelor Honours Degree Bachelor (Field of study/discipline) (Honours) Higher Education Sector
8 Graduate Certificate Graduate Certificate (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
8 Graduate Diploma Graduate Diploma (Field of study/discipline) VET Sector
9 Masters Degree (Research) Master (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector
9 Masters Degree (Coursework) Master (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector
9 Masters Degree (Extended) Master (Field of study/discipline)

 

Higher Education Sector
10 Doctoral Degree Doctor (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector
10 High Doctoral Degree Doctor (Field of study/discipline) Higher Education Sector

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