What is VET?

Vocational Education Training (VET) is hands-on experienced training that gives students a nationally-recognised qualification. VET offers an extra qualification, practical training and competency based assessment, connected to the workplace. VET studies can contribute towards the VCE, VCE-VM and VPC studies.

Avila offers on-campus training qualifications and we work with external operators to provide a myriad of other pathway qualifications that provide choice and freedom for students. The on-campus VET options are Hospitality Certificate II, Sport and Recreation Certificate III, Laboratory Skills Certificate III and partial completion of Certificate III in Business. Read below to discover more details about on-campus and external VET options.

Expression of Interest to Study a VET Certificate

VET Certificates

Certificate II




  • One year course
  • Open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Contributes to credit at Year 11 level only
  • Run during the regular Avila College timetable
  • Must be studied in both semesters of the academic year
  • The cost is included in school fees
  • This is an unscored course and does not have an exam


A range of outcomes including

  • Work effectively with others
  • Source and use information on the hospitality industry
  • Use hospitality skills effectively
  • Interact with customers
  • Show social and cultural sensitivity
  • Use hygiene practices for food safety
  • Prepare and present simple dishes
  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • Use food preparation equipment
  • Prepare and present sandwiches
  • Provide responsible service of alcohol
  • Prepare packaged foodstuffs

Students will be required to attend school events outside of scheduled class times.


Click here to watch the VET Hospitality video.

View Hospitality Careers Pathway


Sport and Recreation
Certificate III




  • Two year course
  • Open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Can be completed scored to contribute to an ATAR ranking or unscored
  • This study will take one choice each semester from a student’s subject selection
  • Can be exited after the first year in most circumstances
  • Students will be expected to become involved in the schools’s extra-curricular sporting activities


A range of units of competency including:

  • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Provide first aid
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
  • Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
  • Plan and conduct programs
  • Provide quality service
  • Respond to emergency situations


This qualification reflects the multi-skilled role of individuals in operational and customer support positions in the sport or community recreation industry. These individuals are competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a defined range of situations and environments.

They work in locations such as fitness centres, sporting grounds or complexes, leisure and aquatic centres and community recreation centres.

Click here to watch the Get VET Sport & Recreation video.

View Physical Education Careers Pathway


Laboratory Skills
Certificate III





  • Two year course
  • Open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. (Students can commence this study in Year 10 using two of their elective choices.)
  • Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66 per cent of the overall study score, and an end-of-year examination which is worth 34 per cent of the overall study score.
  • This study will take one choice each semester from a student’s subject selection
  • Can be exited after the first year in most circumstances
  • Students will be expected to become involved in the schools’s extra-curricular sporting activities


A range of units of competency including:

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • Record and present data
  • Participate in laboratory or field workplace health and safety
  • Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • Assist with fieldwork
  • Perform food tests
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Perform aseptic techniques
  • Perform microscopic examination
  • Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
  • Prepare culture media
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures


This qualification can lead to entry-level positions in laboratory operations including roles as laboratory technicians and instrument operators.



Certificate II and III Business

(partial completion)





  • Students in Year 10 or Year 11 are eligible to study this certificate.
  • VCE VET Business offers a scored pathway and can generate a study score for students intending to apply for an ATAR.
  • It can also be undertaken as an unscored course for VCE-VM or VPC students.
  • A range of compulsory core subjects must be studied together with a selection of electives.
  • Students who exit the program after 1 year will be eligible to be awarded Certificate 11 Business if a competent level of achievement is attained in all units.


A range of units of competency including:

  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Work effectively in a business environment
  • Create and use spreadsheets
  • Use digital technologies to communicate remotely
  • Identify suitability for micro business
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Organise personal work priorities and development.

Certificate II in Business provides an understanding of business fundamentals within the Australian context and will assist students to gain employment opportunities in an entry level administrative or customer service role. Certificate III in Business provides students with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to work in a variety of work contexts using discretion, judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

More information about the Certificate II and III in Business can be found on the VCAA website.




External VET





Students can also choose to study a VET course not offered at Avila College from external providers.

  • These are usually run on a Wednesday afternoon.
  • The cost of these courses is in addition to the Avila College school fees.’ Avila College will contribute 20% of the tuition costs and usually Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) will also make a contribution.
  • Students are responsible for their own transport to and from the external venues.
  • Currently the most popular courses studied externally by Avila students are Certificate III Allied Health Assistance, Certificate III Beauty Services, Certificate III Animal Studies and Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Any VET designed for secondary school students may be chosen.

2023 Course Guides

External Providers

Popular external providers with Avila College are;


More information videos about the range of VET course options are available on the GET VET website.


More about the VET Program

What do VET programs offer?

  • A nationally recognised vocational certificate with credits built in just like other subjects
  • Counts towards the VCE and VCAL Certificates
  • Contributes to the ATAR or study score (if a scored VCE VET Program)
  • Training in a specific industry area
  • An opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice in a simulated or actual workplace environment known as Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
  • A qualification which will provide access to further training
  • Improved chances of getting work when finishing school
  • Offer a pathway into apprenticeships and traineeships

What are the opportunities with VET?

  • Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VET) programs are designed to expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students, and improve post compulsory educational outcomes as well as address the employment needs of industry in Victoria.
  • Hands on learning, courses that relate directly to your chosen pathway, applies skills directly related to your pathway, industry links, accredited courses recognised Australia wide, stepping stones for further education.
  • VET programs can contribute to both a VCE and a VCAL program.
  • Scored VET programs contribute to an atar RANKING.
  • Introduced in 1994, VET programs are comprised of nationally recognised VET certificates undertaken by senior secondary students as part of the VCE or VCAL.


Download “This is What a VET Pathway Looks Like” Flyer

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