There are various levels of education that you may undertake, all of which offer their own unique benefits. Which course is best for you will depend on such factors as the time you have available, course fees and the outcome that you are seeking to achieve, such as to upskill or to seek employment.
Short courses are a quick and cost-effective way to gain specific skills. You may be seeking to undertake a short course to meet an immediate need, or perhaps simply to stay engaged and learn something fun.
Certificate of Completion shows current or potential employers your willingness to learn a new skill. A certificate of completion cannot be used as an accreditation. This is a good place to start if you are unsure about an area of study, it allows you to quickly and cost-effectively give it a try before you commit to a more costly and time-consuming endeavour.
Certificates I to II provide basic vocational skills and knowledge that can help launch a career. These do not require prior learning and can be a good place to start if you are new to studying. Certificates may be the first step in a pathway to further study and opportunities.
Certificates III to IV provides more advanced skills and knowledge for career development. Can require prerequisites such as Year 10 Certificate, Certificate II or Work Experience. Certificate IV is often considered the equivalent of six to 12 months of degree study.
A Diploma is the next step up from Certificate 4, normally requires a prerequisite of a Certificate 4 and is a more focused and involved level of study.
A Bachelors Degree is the 'base' university-level qualification. This has more flexibility in areas of study than a Diploma, and you can get more specific with each year of study. Time commitments are greater and may take a number of years to complete, however a degree will also provide a broad level of education across the chosen level of study.