Vocational education


VET refers to education and training which focuses on delivering skills and knowledge recquired for specific industries.  it is a learning option for students in the senior phase of learning.  Student achievement in subjects with vocational competencies receive credit towards qualifications recognised nationally within the Vocational Qualification Framework (VQF).

Coolum State High School is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO: 30272). Students are able to select from qualifications on our school's scope of registration and/or external training provider options. 

Students at Coolum State High School can access VET in a number of ways including:

  • through Coolum State High School as a Registered Training Organisation National Provider Number 30272 - has VET qualifications (AQF Level I, II)
  • through external Registered Training Organisations (AQF Level III, IV)
  • Participation in TAFE@School Programs

VET Qualifications Offered at Coolum State High School 

Delivery of courses may be in class, online, off campus, work placement or a combination of these. 

Please refer to the  2019 Senior Secondary Course and Subject Information Handbook for units of competency and course duration and/or by visiting the websites of our external RTO partners.  All details are provided during the Year 10 Career Pathways Program, at Year 10 SET Plan interviews, and at enrolment into the school. 

Students may access information through the VET Student Handbook (PDF, 491KB) or by contacting Head of Department Patrick Walden, DBA Staffroom at

VET Subjects 

  • BSB10115 Certificate I Business (2018)

  • ICT10115 Certificate I Information, Communication and Technologies (2018)

  • BSB20115 Certificate II Business (2018)

  • ICT20115 Certificate II Information, Digital Media and Technology (2018)

  • SIT20316 Certificate II Hospitality(2018/2019)

  • SIS20213 Certificate II Outdoor Recreation (2018)

  • FSK20113 Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

  • SIT20116 Certificate II Tourism (2018/2019)

  • CUA20715 Certificate II Visual Art (2018) 

Certificates Offered through Outside Providers  

Cairns Training Academy 

  • CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care  

Unity College 

  • 10283NAT Certificate IV Crime and Justice 

Binnacle Training 

  • BSB30115 Certificate III Business 
  • SIS30513 Certificate III Sport and Recreation  

BlueDog Training 

  • MEM20413 Certificate II Engineering Pathways 

Connect 'n' Grow Training and Consulting 

  • Health and Community Services (dual certificate - HLT23215 Certificate II Health Support Services and CHC22015 Certificate II Community Services) 

Specialised Career Solutions 

  • AVI30316 Certificate III Aviation (Remote Pilot - Visual Line of Sight) 

Apprenticeships and Traineeships Pathways at Coolum High 

As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student transitions into further education, training or employment, Coolum State High School supports students in accessing apprenticeship and traineeship pathways as part of their senior education pathway.

Under a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT) arrangement, a senior school student is released from school time to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in their chosen field. Opportunities are advertised to our school community via newsletters, e-mails and in school announcements on a regular basis.

Students interested in perusing a vocational opportunity, should complete an Expression of Interest form and discuss their plans with a member of the VET team (Head of Department or Transition Officer) in the office at DBA.

You need a USI

In a major step towards making unnecessary training a thing of the past, the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Office opened its doors in mid-October 2014. 

Every year, many Australians build and sharpen their skills by undertaking nationally recognised training.  And getting the right skills when and where industry needs them is a key building block to Australia's future prosperity.  The USI (PDF, 230KB) will build a structure that supports targeted training for the needs of industry. 

For Australian industry and the Vocational Education and Traininig (VET) sector, the USI information means: 

  • less time in waiting for job applicants to confirm their nationally recognised training qualifications
  • evidence-based smarter regulation for the reduction of poor quality training
  • sharing of training information will make it easier for training providers and for Australian businesses
  • greater efficiency in managing interactions with governments and regulators, simplyifying government VET program eligibility and entitlement processing.  

Complaints and Appeals 

Coolum State High School's Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure (PDF, 147 KB) ensures that all formal complaints and appeals will be heard and adhere to the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness at every stage of the complaint and appeal process. 

Reissue of Certificates 

Please complete the Certificate Reissue Application Form as per instructions and return to the Administration Office for processing with the applicable fee. 

Last reviewed 14 October 2019
Last updated 14 October 2019