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Whether you're just starting your trades career or upskilling to take the next step, you'll find the Trades qualification for you at Charles Darwin University. 

Choose from a wide range of courses, taught by industry experts in specialised trade training facilities. Our courses are suitable for apprentices, trainees, pre-apprentice students and those who are already in the industry. And, with recognition of prior learning, you may have the option to qualify faster.  

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Why choose CDU?

  • Northern Territory's top Training Provider

    We are the largest provider of TAFE in the Northern Territory

  • Choose from a range of apprentice training options

    We offer courses suitable for pre-apprentice, apprentice and traineeship students

  • Learn in some of the Territory's best facilities

    Train with best-in-class industry tools and equipment to get job ready

Study your way with confidence

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    Study pathways

    At CDU, there's a study pathway for everyone.

    Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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Launch into your new world of study with confidence

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