Vocational education

​Connecting school to career transitions 
Vocational Education and Training (VET) plays an important role at Atherton State High School helping students move from school to further education, training and employment. VET qualifications are recognised nationally and are industry endorsed.  These courses combine relevant knowledge and practical skills that reflect current industry standards. The VET Student Handbook has more information and also check updates on our website throughout the year. 
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 30220),
Atherton State High School is able to deliver a range of nationally recognised training packages at Certificate II level. Students are also able to obtain VET qualifications (Cert III or Diploma) offered by external RTO’s. These courses can be studied as part of their timetable in a flexible mode.   
Subject Information
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 30220), Atherton State High School is able to deliver a range of nationally recognised training packages at Certificate II and II levels. Policies and procedures at Atherton State High School for VET programs meet the Standards for RTO's 2015
Students are also able to obtain VET qualifications (Certificate I – IV and Diploma) offered by external RTO’s. Some of the School-Based VET programs offered at Atherton State High School include: 
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparations
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate I in Construction
  • Certificate II in Engineering

Students enrolled in VET programs have access the to the VET Student Handbook. This handbook highlights important information for students and in particular refers to the complaints policy.
Unique Student Identifier
 All students enrolled in a VET program must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI number is issued by the federal government and without a USI students cannot be issued with their qualifications.  Please refer to the USI factsheet for more information.

Third Party Courses

Atherton State High School utilises the following RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) to deliver Certificate courses to our students. The RTOs are all ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) approved and comply with the Australian Quality Training Framework.
The school, as an Registered Training Organisation (RTO), has a complaints and appeals policy 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.
Complaints or appeals should be directed to the Principal as CEO of the school RTO:
Work Experience
Work experience placement assists students in their transition from school to work.  It provides a formal arrangement whereby school students who are at least 14 years old participate in activities at a place of paid or voluntary work. Students in Years 10 to 12 can participate in this program and placements occur during school holidays. 

School Based Apprentices/Traineeships (SATs)

Students in Years 11 and 12 are offered opportunities to become School Based Apprentices/Trainees (SATs). SATs are proving to be a valuable way for students to start their career by combining school with work and training (at Certificate II or III level).  Please visit the Queensland Government School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship website for more information.
For further information regarding any of the Vocational Education options mentioned, please phone (07) 4030 5253.
Last reviewed 03 May 2022
Last updated 03 May 2022