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 Vocational Education and Training

Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training within an accredited course. 

At St Mary’s College, our students have a limitless range of options to pursue with the training and courses available to them. 

These opportunities such as school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT) and attending external Queensland Studies Authority registered training organisations (RTO).

They are available to all Year 11 and 12 students and in some cases, Year 10 students can access these pathways.

Courses offered at St Mary’s College
St Mary’s College offers several subjects as part of its Vocational Education program. These Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses are nationally accredited courses and certificates.

Students will be eligible to receive one or more certificate qualifications.

Qualifications gained are determined through competency-based assessment. The completed certificate/s and units of competency will appear on the Senior Statement.

Courses offered at St Mary’s College include:

Certificate IV in Crime and Justice
Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care
Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Networking)
Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
Certificate II in Hospitality
Certificate II in Infrastructure and Resourcing (Work Preparation)
Certificate II in Tourism

“Completing the certificate IV course in crime and justice has been advantageous for me as I am interested in the legal system and how it works and I also get 8 QCE points. It is also great to have the opportunity to get a direct entry into the Bachelor of Criminology course at the University of Sunshine Coast. (Year 12 student Tajanna Parmenter)

Courses offered offsite
Students at St Mary’s have the opportunity to complete nationally accredited courses outside of school. These students miss one day of school a week to do their training and pick up a study line where they catch up on schoolwork missed or do their coursework. 

TAFE East Coast
Students are able to study a range of courses at TAFE East Coast who have campuses in Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Students are currently studying TAFE courses in the following areas:
- More information on these courses can be found on the TAFE at Schools link below. 



Trade Training Centre
Below are the current courses offered at the Trade Training Centre located at Maryborough SHS.
* Certificate I in Construction
* Certificate II in Furniture making Pathways
* Cert II in Engineering Pathways
* Cert II in Engineering Pathways (Formula Student)

“I currently do the Certificate II in Heath Support course at TAFE and it is great. TAFE at Maryborough has a Health Hub and there is a mock ward, mechanical hoist and shower rooms.  It has been interesting learning the different treatment options available in health care.” (Year 11 student Aidan Bensein)