TAFE and RTOs are the main providers of Vocational Education and Training in Australia. Essentially, this means that they deliver the same courses, primarily ranging from certificate courses to diploma courses. For this reason among others, many people don't know the difference between TAFE and RTOs. This blog outlines the main differences between TAFE and RTOs.
TAFE is a government-owned, funded and operated system of colleges throughout Australia. As TAFE institutions are generally very large in size, they offer a huge variety of courses. These might be everything from the Diploma of Business, to the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.
RTOs are privately-owned, funded and operated colleges (private colleges). RTOs are generally much smaller than TAFE, and as such, typically focus on a specific niche or style of courses. For example, certain colleges may only have business related courses.
Regarding accreditation and quality of training, both TAFE and RTOs offer nationally recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
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