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​​​​Becoming a full time student

Everything you need to know as a local student who wants to study full time

Full time courses generally operate during day time hours, Monday to Friday and you will be expected to attend class approximately 20-25 hours per week. The duration of the courses can range from one semester to a few years.  Courses may have an intake in first or second semester or both. ​

Applications for full time study in Semester 1, 2017 will open in September 2016. 

There are five steps to become a student.

1. Check the application dates

2. Apply online at the right time!

3. Obtain your Unique Student Identifier if you don't already have one. Check your fees and payment options.

4. Enrol on campus or online and pay your fees or arrange financial assistance

5. Attend orientation and get ready for study

A detailed step by step guide is available in the expandable menu​ below:



 Key dates

​Key dates for study in Semester 1, 2017

Applications open - September
Applications open for full time courses starting in Semester 1, 2017

Applications Close 
​Applications close for all courses

Change of Preference
You can change your preferences by logging in via

Up to this date, you can:
1. Add new preferences, for any course
2. Change the order of the preferences
3. Cancel preferences
4. Change the campus of an existing preference

​Offers – (Non Competitive Course) 
Offers are made throughout the intake for courses that are not competitive
Offers are available online at and will be emailed​

Offers – (Competitive Course)
Offers are available online at and will be emailed from 12pm

Late Applications
Late applications will be accepted via after the closing date​

 How to apply and accept your offer

Applying and receiving an offer

Before you begin:

Check your email address:

To be kept up to date throughout the application and admission process, you must provide us with a current email address, this is a compulsory field when applying. 

If you don’t have an email account, they are free and simple to set up.  Call us on 1300 300 822 should you need a hand in organising an email account.


Step 1. Fill in and submit your online application

You should first check that you meet all the entrance requirements. You'll find information about the entrance requirements on each of the course pages.
When applications are open, there will be a link below which will take you to where you apply online. You will need to search for your course using a keyword from the course title or the course code.


Step 2. Send in your relevant documentation

Once you've completed your online application you will then need to collate the following documents:

  • All academic records you have received since Year 10. If your records are from overseas, you will need to get a Statement of Equivalence from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
  • Any graduation certificates (including TAFE awards) that you have received. If your qualifications are from overseas you will need to provide Statements of Equivalence from the Overseas Qualifications Unit.
    Overseas Qualifications Unit
  • If you were not born in Australia, you must supply proof of Australian (or New Zealand) citizenship or proof of permanent Australian residency.
  • Any other results that you want taken into account.
  • Written proof (e.g. group certificates, payslips, written references) of any employment, work experience or voluntary activities.

Then, you can lodge the relevant documentation directly to TAFE Admissions or at any of our Student Services counters.   

Some courses require you to submit a folio of your work or attend an interview. These courses are mainly within the Creative Arts area, and you will be told whether you need to do this or not once all applications have been received and assessed after the closing date.

Step 3. Receive your letter of o​ffer

You will be notified by email on 24 June 2016 of the outcome of your offer. If you apply for a non-competitive course and meet the entry requirements you will receive an instant offer before this date. 

When you receive an offer, it will include all the details on how to accept it and when and how you need to enrol to become a North Metropolitan TAFE student.


 Fees and payment options

​Understanding your fees and payment options


Your course fees are made up of the following components:

1. Tuition fee

The tuition fee is calculated on the basis of the course hours for each unit.

These hours include a wide range of delivery and assessment activities and may not always be used for classroom teaching. The course fee is the sum of fees for all units you are enrolled in.


2. Resource fee

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by the College to be consumed or transformed by students during the course.

Each course page gives an indication of the resource fee on the fees tab, however you will only find out the exact amount you need to pay when you enrol.


3. Additional fees

There may be additional costs that you will pay during the course to cover items such as textbooks or uniforms.


Please visit our fees section to find out about:

  • Financial assistance
  • Payment plans
  • Fee estimates
  • Fee caps
  • Refunds and policies

 Obtain your USI

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students need to have a USI to be able to enrol or re-enrol at North Metropolitan TAFE.

Visit to create or retrieve your USI.

You will need your Driver’s Licence, Medicare card, Australian Passport or any of the other documents listed on the website.

Please note your details must match those of the form of ID you are using. If you have changed your name, use a form of ID with your current name. This must also match your details in our enrolment system.

Write your USI down and bring it with you on enrolment day with your form of ID used to create your USI.

For more information email or visit Student Services at your campus.


​How to enrol

Once you receive your offer, you will be given instructions on when and how to enrol. Enrolments will be either online or on campus, depending on your course. You must enrol on the given date or dates to accept your offer. 

Enrolling on campus

What to bring if you are enrolling on campus

For your enrolment you must bring:

  • Your letter of offer
  • Support documents if you are claiming an exemption, such as your academic transcript.
  • Your USI number and the ID document you used to create your USI.
  • If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident you will need to bring a copy of your visa.
  • If you were born on or after 1 July 1998 and at least 15 years old, you will need proof of age (birth certificate, passport, proof of age card issued by the Department of Transport)

Online Enrolment

If you are given the option of online enrolment you will need to follow the link provided with your offer to proceed to online enrolments. You must do this during your enrolment date/s.
Once completed, you will have the option to pay in full online at the end of the enrolment process or to come into the campus to arrange the payment of your fees.​

Become a North Metropolitan TAFE student

The final step to confirm your enrolment and access your course, is the payment of fees.

When Paying for your enrolment you must provide:​

If Paying in full:

  • ​​Cheque, credit card or EFTPOS (please ensure you check your daily limit will cover the cost of your fees)

If paying by instalment plan: 

  • ​Cheque, credit card or EFTPOS card to pay your deposit:

    $200 for fees under $1000 
    $300 for fees between $1000 and $1500 
    $500 for fees over $1500
    25% of the total of your fees for fee for service courses.​

Your nominated bank account details for ongoing payments to be deducted from. The direct debit form must be signed by the account holder or both account holders if it is a joint account. 

The instalment plan for students under 18 years of age must be signed by their parent or guardian.​

Note: Students under 18 years of age will not be given an instalment plan unless they are accompanied by their parent or guardian. 

Students must sign the instalment plan themselves if they are over 18.

*Payment plans are not available for students enrolled in Recognition of Prior Learning units/courses or short courses. ​

If you are applying for VET FEE-HELP:

Your enrolment officer will discuss your eligibility with you and let you know when and how you need to lodge your application.
Please refer to our VET FEE-HELP section to check if you meet all the eligibility requirements and read more about this government loan scheme.


Students enrolled in subsidised certificate courses might be eligible for a concession. Please bring proof of your Centrelink concession to enrolments. 
Concessions are not available for Fee for service courses, RPL or Higher Ed.

Debts from a previous semester

Students who have a debt from a previous semester, will not be able to enrol for this semester.
Please contact Student Services to arrange payment for any outstanding debts before enrolments.

 Orientation and getting ready

Getting ready for the st​ar​t of semester

Now that you have completed your enrolment, there are some other activities for you to do to ensure that you are ready to go on the first day of semester.

Find out if your course is having an orientation session

Orientation is compulsory and will happen at the beginning of the semester. You will find out all the information you need to know to begin your course. It's also a chance to meet other students and your lecturers.

Other useful information

The following information is important for you to know. It will assist you during your first weeks at North Metro TAFE. 

Student ID cards and SmartRider information

Student ID cards are available from the Bookshop at Perth campus and the Library at all other campuses. They are available in the first week of semester. You will need to show your enrolment summary as proof of enrolment to get your ID card.

As a full-time student, you are entitled to travel concessions on Transperth services. You can pick up an application form for the Tertiary SmartRider from Student Services when you enrol.

Your Student ID will not be accepted by Transperth as proof that you are entitled to a concession on public transport.

Stude​​​​​nt Portal

You will also be able to access the Student Portal from the top right hand corner of every page on the website

Visit Current Stud​ents


You will be able to view and print your timetable from the Student Portal once you enrol and make a payment. You should refer to your timetable to find out when your first day of class is.

Bookshop and library

You will be advised of any texts and additional resources you may require during the first week of your study.

Books and resources can be purchased online through the Bookweb: The online bookshop and mailed to your home or collected from your preferred campus.

Central has a Bookshop at Perth Campus which stocks resources for all courses.

Libraries are located at Perth, Mt Lawley, Leederville and East Perth Campuses. The bookshop and libraries will not be open during enrolments.




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