Get a head start to your career with a VETDSS course at SuniTAFE

VETDSS combines VCE or VCAL studies at school, with practical hands-on experience and training at TAFE.

If you're a high school student looking to get a head-start in your future career, the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program is for you. VETDSS allows high school students to study a nationally recognised TAFE qualification as part of their secondary schooling. 

The VET Delivered to Secondary Students program (VET DSS) involves senior secondary school students undertaking a vocational subject as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program. This program contributes towards their secondary school completion certificates, whilst undertaking a nationally recognised qualification in a program of choice.

Gain insights and experience within an industry you’re interested in working in, and get ahead in your career with VET DSS. Programs are offered over two years, and contribute to your overall VCE or VCAL requirements. You need to be at least 15 years old and in Year 10 or 11 to join.

Students successfully completing a VETDSS program will be eligible for a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment or Certificate qualification in their specific area of study; as well as developing a range of skills and knowledge that will make them more ‘job-ready’.

Having a VET DSS qualification helps you to pathway into an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment, and best of all, when you have finished school – you can fast track into another course in the same area or we will help you choose an area of interest. 

Just remember there is no right or wrong reason to do VET DSS. In partnership with your school, we are helping to prepare you to start thinking about your future and the endless possibilities available to you.

Benefits of studying VETDSS

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Learn from our industry expert teachers
  • Take home practical skills as part of your studies

How does it work?

The VETDSS programs run over one year or two years. Most students will start their program in Years 10 or 11, however depending on the course selected there may be the opportunity for Year 8 and 9 students to participate in Taster Programs.

You attend campus once a week and in some cases, this is supported by work placement or structured workplace learning, to further enhance skills and provide opportunities for employment.

Getting in, getting out, your results, application and enrolment procedures

Applications are submitted to your Secondary College VET/Careers/Home Group Coordinator

•    Expressions of Interest forms or online applications are to be submitted by the due date.
•    You will need to complete an enrolment application process, this includes an expression of interest form, enrolment form and a pre-training review.
•    Some programs may have an eligibility and selection criteria such as interview, aptitude tests etc.
•    Your school will be notified if your application has been successful with details for orientation or enrolment sessions you need to attend
•    Late applications may be accepted for some programs, however will only be considered if vacancies exist or become available at a later date.


Students and their parents may need to attend an enrolment session at SuniTAFE or the relevant Trade Traning Centre. 

To find out more about VETDSS offerings at SuniTAFE please email or call 5022 3999. Alternatively speak to your school VET Coordinator.

Learn more about studying at SuniTAFE here.