WA Certificate of Education

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) aims to cater for all students, whether they are heading to work, university or training.

There are 52 courses available which are grouped into List A (Arts, Languages, Social Sciences) and List B (Mathematics, Science, Technology). Religion and Life is a List A course. The various stages within each course enable students to select programs which meet their needs. This includes students with special learning needs who can achieve a WACE using the preliminary stage units.

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Certificates and Endorsed Programs are available as alternate pathways for students wishing to achieve their WACE. Standards for the new WACE courses will generally be defined by grades from A to E and comparability processes will help to ensure consistency across the state.

School based Traineeships (SBT),School based Apprenticeships (SBA) and School Apprenticeship Link (SAL) programs also provide opportunities for students to meet their WACE requirements and complete a full qualification. The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s ApprentiCentre website has information relating to these VET programs and other VET initiatives.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

There are three ways of doing Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the new Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE):

  • VET industry specific courses are courses where a whole training qualification is delivered and assessed according to industry-specific standards with additional required workplace learning and an optional examination.
  • VET credit transfer is where students are enrolled in national training package qualification/units of competency that are not part of a course.
  • Workplace learning provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the workplace and obtain credit towards the WACE.
  • Trade Training Centres - DEEWR Initiative (Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations)
  • The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is an initiative implemented by the Australian Government in 2008 to provide capital funding for Secondary schools to build and fully equip a training centre in specified skills shortage areas. The aim is to support school students in vocational training, typically leading to an apprenticeship, in skills shortage areas such as metals and engineering; carpentry and joinery, all building trades, hospitality, aviation and transport industries etc.
  • The industry areas covered in these projects include metals and engineering, carpentry and joinery, hospitality, horticulture, building and construction, plumbing and gas fitting, community services, laboratory skills and painting and decorating.