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Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Fee-Free TAFE

A variety of CDU qualifications and short courses will be offered for free in 2023, aligned to the Territory’s priority industry growth sectors.

CDU is the leading provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Northern Territory. Study a range of industry based courses with flexible entry pathways and study options.

VET hair and beauty

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Studying with CDU VET will give you the opportunity to develop industry-standard skills in your chosen area of study.

Once you have completed a national VET qualification at Certificate IV or above, you will meet the minimum entry requirements to most undergraduate courses at CDU.

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    Apprenticeships and traineeships

    Available to domestic students

    Get started with an apprenticeship or traineeship at CDU. Earn a wage, gain industry experience and work towards a nationally-recognised qualification.

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  • CDU's VET for Secondary Students offers a range of programs for high school students.

    VET Delivery for Secondary Students (VETDSS)

    If you're still in school, CDU VET has some great options to get you started in your career. You'll have the opportunity to learn industry skills while you finish high school.

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  • The VET for Secondary Students program helps you to get started with a VET course while you're still in school.

    VET Student Loans

    Eligible students who enrol in selected Diploma courses are able to apply for a VET Student Loan (VSL) to support payment of tuition fees.

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VET businesses

  • Student in training with a plate of food at Karawa Training Restaurant in Palmerston

    Karawa Training Restaurant

    Hospitality and cookery students can learn from experienced chefs and develop practical skills at the Karawa Training Restaurant at CDU’s Palmerston Campus.

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  • The Desert Lantern restaurant in Alice Springs

    Desert Lantern Restaurant

    The Desert Lantern Training Restaurant in Alice Springs is designed to give hospitality and cookery students real-world experience in their industry.

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  • Hair and beauty

    Hair and beauty salons

    Hair and beauty students learn the latest skills and techniques from industry professionals at CDU’s first-class hair and beauty training salons. Students will use high-quality, professional products including Dermologica, Lycon, L’Oreal and De Lorenzo. 

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