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Vocational education

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) is "education and training for work" and part of a broader educational network in Australia that includes schools, universities and adult and community education. At Mackay Northern Beaches State High School, students have access to a range of VET qualifications  offered by our school RTO and a range of other  privately  Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).  We have formed strong partnerships with some of these private RTOs.

VET courses at MNBSHS are available in Years 10, 11 and 12. Information about these courses is available through notices, email, Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan) process, school website and Facebook.

Many students begin their future careers by completing School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships (SAT) while in school. Vacancies are advertised through email and Facebook.

From 2020, students will be able to use a Certificate III qualification with four "General" subjects for Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) eligibility.

Certificates of Completion will be awarded to students who are competent in all aspects of a qualification. Students with incomplete qualifications will receive a Statement of Attainment listing all completed competencies.

Students enrolling in any VET qualification must apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI) (PDF, 145KB).  This information is provided for all students upon enrolment in a VET course at MNBSHS.

How is VET offered at Mackay Northern Beaches SHS?

The following qualifications are offered at Mackay Northern Beaches SHS:

  • CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • MEM10119 Certificate I in Engineering
  • BSB 10115 Certificate I in Business
  • ICT10115 Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • BSB20115 Certificate II in Business
  • SIT20116 Certificate II in Tourism
  • SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality (In partnership with Blueprint)
  • SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality (In partnership with Blueprint)
  • CUA20215 Certificate II in Creative Industries
  • ICT20115 Certificate II in Information Digital Media & Technology
  • FSK20113 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • AVI30419 Certificate II in Aviation (Remote Pilot) (In partnership with Aviation Australia)
  • SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation (In partnership with CQU) 
  • SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness (In partnership with CQU)  
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The following courses are offered through our partnership with the Mackay Engineering College (MEC)

  • MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering – Pathways (2 years)
  • UEE22011 Certificate II in Electro-technology (Career Start) (1.5 years)
  • AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation (1 year)

Vocational placements

Vocational placement provides students with the opportunity to receive practical on-the-job training and experience as an assessable part of their vocational education and training course. Practical placement is a compulsory part of some of the courses we offer at our school.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must ensure full compliance of qualifications and accredited courses that require vocational placement, under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

Student work experience placements are conducted under the Education (Work Experience) Act 1996  . The Public Safety Business Agency regulates requirements for a working with children check blue card. Some work experiences require a white card to participate in on site experience.  This qualification can be organised by the school or externally.

Partnership with Schools (PWS)


​SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality

SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

Mackay Northern Beaches SHS is delivering course content for students completing the SIT20316 Cert II in Hospitality and SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality on behalf of Blueprint Career Development. 

Blueprint Career Development (RTO Number 30978) is responsible for enrolling students, assessing and issuing Statement of Attainments and Awards for eligible students. 

Student Requirements

  • All VET students must have a USI.
  • Students are required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Core Skills Test prior to commencement of training. Visit www.blueprintcd.com.au for further information regarding this course.

AVI30419 Certificate II in Aviation
(Remote Pilot)

Mackay Northern Beaches SHS is delivering course content for students completing the AVI30419 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) on behalf of Aviation Australia. 

Aviation Australia Pty Ltd (RTO Number 30770) is responsible for enrolling students, assessing and issuing Statement of Attainments and Awards for eligible students. 

Student Requirements

  • All VET students must have a USI.
  • Students are required to submit a recent school report prior to enrolment in this course. Visit www.aviationaustralia.aero  for further information regarding this course.

​SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation  

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

Mackay Northern Beaches State High School is delivering and assessing students completing the SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness on behalf of CQUniversity. 

CQUniversity (Registered Training Organisation, RTO Provider Number 40939) is responsible for enrolling students and issuing Statement of Attainments and Awards for eligible students. 

Student Requirements

  • All VET students must have a USI.
  • Students are required to complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment prior to commencement of training. Visit www.cqu.edu.au for further information regarding pre-enrolment.

SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation is proudly funded by the State Government under their VET in Schools initiative and there is no student fees applicable to eligible students.

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness is not funded under the State Government VET in Schools initiative.  Student fees are to be collected by the School prior to commencement of training.

Further information about CQUniversity and these courses can be found at:  www.cqu.edu.au




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MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

UEE22011 Certificate II in Electro-technology (Career Start)

AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Students are able to apply to enrol at the Mackay Engineering College (MEC) based in Ooralea.  They are required to complete an application process at school and are selected for the program based on their behaviour, absences, Star Level and chosen trade pathway. Interested students must complete an application form which is available from MNBSHS Career's Transition Officer during the subject selection process in Year 10.

Engineering Pathways is a two year course, commencing at the start of Year 11.

Electrotechnology is an 18 month course, commencing in Semester Two of Year 11.

Automotive is a one year course that can be undertaken in either Year 11 or Year 12. 

Students must attend the MEC one day per week as well as display a commitment to engage in regular industry placements throughout the year. Additional costs are associated with the program and are outlined in the application package.

Student Requirements

  • All VET students must have a USI.
  • MEC Enrolment form must be completed

Further information about Mackay Engineering College and these courses can be found at: https://mec.eq.edu.au

VETiS – Vocational Education & Training in Schools

Private RTO's and CQUniversity (TAFE) offer a range of Vocational Education and Training courses to Year 11 and Year 12 students as part of their VET in Schools (VETiS) program.   Students may select courses that suit their chosen pathway.

Information and course offerings for CQUniversity/TAFE VETiS are available at  https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/future-students/future-study-options/study-tafe/vet-in-schools.

If students are considering undertaking a VETiS course in Senior it must be included on their Senior Education and Training Plan (SET Plan) in Year 10. An enrolment form must also be completed and returned to the Career's Transition Officer for Principal approval.  

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT's)

SAT's allow students to undertake paid work for an employer whilst completing their school studies, as well as training towards a recognised qualification.   Students that have not completed their SAT by the end of Year 12 may be able to convert it to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

VET and the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Certificate I

Most completed Certificate I's are worth two preparatory credits towards a QCE. There is no limit to the number of Certificate I qualifications a student can achieve, but only two may count towards a QCE.

Certificate I in Engineering is worth three credit points and takes two years to complete.

Certificates II, III and IV

Completion of a Certificate II is worth four core credits towards a QCE.  Most completed Certificate III's and IV's are worth eight core credits. There is no limit on the number of Certificate II's, III's and IV's that can contribute to a QCE.

Further information is available online at https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/certificates-qualifications/qce/learning-options-requirements/core-courses

VET and Tertiary Entrance

To gain entrance into many tertiary courses students require an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).  To be eligible for an ATAR students have to:

  • satisfactorily complete an English subject
  • complete either five general subjects, four general subjects plus one applied subject or four general subjects and a VET course at Certificate III level or higher.

If a school student is ineligible for an ATAR, a VET course at a Certificate III level, or higher, or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship may be used to calculate a Tertiary Entrance Rank.

Students in a VET Course at MNBSHS

At the commencement of all VET subjects, students undertake an induction process. 

This induction process includes:

  • familiarisation with the VET Student Handbook (PDF, 517KB)
  • familiarisation with the required course competencies and an overview of the course they are enrolled in.
  • safety instructions and expectations for all equipment and spaces students will encounter in studying their course.
  • participation in an information session which outlines all required procedures and expectations of the student and the RTO.

As an RTO, the school seeks to continuously improve and refine its practices and procedures through annual student, parent and teacher surveys.

RTO Complaints Procedure

The school, as an RTO, has a complaints and appeals policy (PDF, 187KB)  specific to its RTO operations.

A complaint can be made to the school RTO regarding the conduct of:

  • the school RTO, its trainers, assessors or other school RTO staff
  • students of the RTO
  • any third parties providing services on behalf of the school RTO (if relevant).

An appeal can be made to the school RTO to request a review of a decision, including assessment decisions.

The school RTO will ensure that the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are adopted at every stage of the complaints and appeals process. All formal complaints and appeals will be heard and decided on within 60 calendar days of receiving the written complaint or appeal.

If the school RTO considers more than 60 calendar days are required to process and finalise the complaint or appeal, the complainant or appellant will be informed of the reasons in writing and will be regularly updated on the progress of the matter.

If the processes fail to resolve the complaint or appeal, a review by an independent party will be provided if requested.

Mackay Northern Beaches SHS RTO Complaints and Appeals Form (PDF, 155KB).

Complaints or appeals should be directed to the Principal as CEO of the school RTO: principal@mackaynorthernbeachesshs.eq.edu.au


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Last reviewed 10 September 2020
Last updated 10 September 2020