​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Why participate in Vocational Education and Training (VET)?

VET courses develop your skills and get you ready for work through practical learning. VET can also lead to further education and training. VET courses range from Certificate I qualifications to Advanced Diplomas.

When you study V​​​ET, you can leave school with:

  • a statement of attainment (when you complete one or more units)​
  • qualification/s and a record of results (when you meet all requirements).

VET courses may contribute up to​​ 8 credits per course towards your QCE.

One VET course at Certificate II​I level or higher, when combined with four General subjects, may also contribute to your ATAR.

If you're interested in studying VET, talk to the HOD Pathways at Springfield Central SHS. 


All students completing a VET Co​​use require a Unique Student Identifier (USI). 

What is a USI?​

The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that:

  • creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with

  • will give you access to your training records and transcripts
  • can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
  • is free and easy to create and stays with you for life.​

USIs are genera​​ted on the website.  Students will require Identification to complete the process e.g. Medicare card or birth certificate. 

School-based options

Springfield Central State High School is a Registered Training Organization (RTO 40560). We are recognised as providing quality assured, nationally recognised training and qualifications by offering​​​ a variety of Certificates at Levels I and II. As the RTO, these courses are internally and externally moderated. 

Students have the right to appeal qualification results. Appeal forms are available for download on this page or are available from the Head of Department Pathways.

Courses ​​​offered by Springfield Central State High School include: 

Year 10​


Certificate II in Foundation Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

Years 11 and 12​


Certificate II in Business


​Certificate II in Visual Art


Certificate II in Hospitality


Certificate III in Business


​Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways



Certificate II in Creative Industries

Certificate I in Financial Services

​We always endeavour to keep​​ our course offering fair, equitable and industry current and therefore seek feedback willingly.

All feedback can be given​​​ to course trainers, the Head of Department of the curriculum area or the Head of Department Pathways. Every year students will be asked to complete a feedback survey. We ask that this survey is completed thoughtfully and honestly so that we can use this feedback and continually improve. 

Industry Consultants

Every year we seek to improve our courses and welcome input from industry delegates. If you a​​re interested in helping us build quality qualifications inline with local business needs please contact us.

External Offerings

Some Blue Pathway students seek to undertake nationally recognised training by external providers whilst they remain at school.  

All courses and traineeships are advertised to students via student notices, school noticeboards and emails. Students wishing to complete an external training opportunity must have parental permission. Permissions forms are available on this page for download or can be collected at the Senior Pathways Office. 

All students wishing to complete a course will be interviewed by the Senior Pathway team to help ensure they are picking the correct pathway for their future needs as well as outline the expectations of completing an external offering.

Students excepted into an external offering will be asked to ‘drop’ an existing subject, giving them a study line so they can have more time to be successful in their school program and course as well as be supported in the Independent Study Line (ISL) room. 

Students in year 11 and 12 who have a study line in period 1 or period 4 may apply for flexi leave. Flexi leave allows students more time to study at home starting the school day at 10.20am or leaving school at 1.30pm. All Flexi leave approvals are granted by the Senior School Deputy Principal. Flexi leave forms are available in the ISL room.

Students wishing to represent Springfield Central State High School must adhere strictly to following our core values "respect, resilience, relationships and responsibility" and ensure attendance; behaviour and academic requirements are met.  In particular students must ensure they catch up on any missed work due to work and study commitments. 

External ​Courses

To help meet the diverse needs and interests of our school, students are able to access external course options including those run by the TAFE In Schools programs (including WesTec Trade Training Centre), Mater Education, Site Skills Training, Apprenticeships Queensland, Barrington College and Fitnance College. Certificate 1,2,3,4 and Diploma courses are on offer. 

Many certificate I and II courses qualify for Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETis) Funding. It is important to note that all students are only able to access their VETis funding once and as such should choose their course wisely so their funding is not wasted. 

We currently have students enrolled in the following courses:

  • Cert I Construction
  • Cert III Engineering—Technical
  • Diploma of Business
  • Cert II/III Health Support Services
  • Cert II Animal Studies
  • Cert II Salon Assistant
  • Cert II Automotive
  • Cert III Design Fundamentals
  • Cert IV Crime and Justice Studies; plus more​

School-based traineeships and apprenticeships

School based traineeships and apprenticeships are a combination of school, off the job training (with a Registered Training Organisation) and paid work (with a host employer) that gain credit towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

Students generally spend one day per week in the workplace, however during school holidays, students may be asked to work extra hours by mutual arrangement and negotiation between the student and the host employer. 

We currently have students completing traineeships and apprenticeships in:

  • Hospitality​
  • Hairdressing
  • Childcare
  • Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • IT

The Springfield Central VET team

For any queries please contact:

Jo Andrews—Head of Department Pathways

Alison Russell—Administration

Candace Stevenson—Independent Study Line supervisor

Alison Summerville​—Independent Study Line supervisor 

Christian Tucker​​​—Head of Department HPE

John Thompson—Head of Department Business/IT

Alyce Goodacre—Head of Department Technology (Hospitality)

Brett Elphick—​Head of Department The Arts

Lindy Want—RTO Manager​ 

Last reviewed 24 August 2021
Last updated 24 August 2021