For the purpose of applying the eligibility criterion relating to the highest qualification held, the following prior qualifications are not taken into account:
a. The Victorian Certificate of Education; Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (intermediate or Senior); Internation Baccalaureate Diploma; and senior secondary school certificates from other Australian jurisdictions
b. Qualification listed in the Approved Foundations Skills List
c. Any VET certificates completed as part of senior secondary qualification
d. Qualifications with the title ‘course in…’ which are not aligned to a specified level within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); and
e. Non-Australian qualifications, except where equivalency has been formally established with a qualification within the AQF.
In accordance with the AQF and for the avoidance of doubt, Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma level qualifications are higher than qualifications at the Bachelor Degree level.
Eligibility for accredited courses with the title ‘course in…’
A number of courses with the title ‘course in…’ are accredited. These are nationally recognized training products providing skills recognition leading to a Statement of Attainment, rather than the aware of a qualifiction recognized within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). They are not aligned with the AQF. Enrolment in a ‘Course in ….’ Is subject to the same Skills First eligibility requirements as other enrolments.
To address ‘up skilling’ requirements, an individual who holds a qualification no higher than Certificate IV is to be considered eligible to enrol in a ‘Course in…’ (Subject to meeting other eligibility criteria).
Qualifications at Diploma level or higher are considered higher than courses with the title ‘Course in…’
Eligibility for courses and qualifications on the Foundation Skills List
An Individual in not eligible for government subsidised training under Skills First in courses and qualifications on the Foundation Skills List if you hold a qualification issued by an Australian higher education provider that is at a Diploma or higher and or enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Skills for Education and Employment’ program.