Refer to the following worksheet to assist you identify the entry requirements of a particular course:
To be selected to undertake a course that you have applied for you must meet the minimum entry requirements for that course. These requirements can vary greatly so it is important that you identify them in advance and ensure that you meet them prior to applying. Entry into courses run by private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) do not necessarily need to be based on year 12 qualifications or previous study or qualifications. Many private RTOs run courses that do not have any formal prerequisites. To find out about the minimum entry requirements and/or pre requisites for the course that you are interested in studying contact the course coordinator or look at the training providers website.
Refer to Worksheet 2 - Finding a Course that is right for you (worksheet 2 as text 27KB or worksheet 2 as PDF 85 KB) to assist you identify the questions that you need to ask a course coordinator when investigating the requirements of a particular course.
Each private RTO has a cut off date to receive applications for a particular course. Courses may or may not be offered many times throughout the year so it is important that you identify this date. The date for course applications will vary between each private provider. Some private RTOs may charge a late application fee if you do not meet the initial application deadline. To find out the cut off dates for applications contact the training provider or look at their website.
Once you have been accepted into your course you will be asked to enrol. This requires you to provide administrative information to the private provider and to identify the subjects that you wish study (if applicable). In some courses there will be a lot of subject choice and in others there will be none at all. The training provider will send you information about their enrolment process.
Before you enrol you will need to consider how many subjects you can study at one time. If you are working and have substantial family or other commitments or the nature of your disability means that routine aspects of your life require great effort, then you may need to explore studying part time or externally, if this option is offered by the private provider. IMPORTANT indicate on the enrolment form that you would like to be contacted by disability staff to ensure that any study supports you need can be organised before your course begins.
Refer to modes of study for further information on part time or external study.