International Skills Training Courses


The International Skills Training courses were announced as a new Australian Government initiative in December 2015. This initiative will oversee the development of new training courses specifically designed and developed for the offshore international student market. These non-AQF courses aim to address critical competency gaps and skills demands facing the international workforce and the global economy, and provide Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) and multinational businesses the opportunity to expand operations into foreign economies.

What are the International Skills Training courses?

The International Skills Training courses are a diverse suite of courses developed by the Australian Government, in partnership with industry, to help meet the global demand for quality skills training and address skills shortages across multiple sectors.  

There is a growing global demand for skills training that is internationally applicable, as countries seek to improve their technical vocational education and training systems (TVET), industry demands increasing numbers of skilled workers and workers seek quality, recognised training. The courses will support the international workforce to develop the skills and capacity necessary for meeting aspirations for economic growth held by all countries.

According to a recent study from the Boston Consulting Group, global labour-force imbalances over coming decades will pose a significant threat to global growth[1]. Many economies will either be unable to fill jobs available, or conversely, to create enough jobs for the workers they have. The projected cost of this imbalance – particularly labour-force shortfalls – could result in US $10 trillion in lost global GDP to 2030 and lost opportunities for inclusive growth. Therefore, It’s important that skills training is industry focused.

Australia has invested heavily in ensuring its training system is based on high quality standards and is defined by the skills requirements outlined by industry. This positions Australia well to assist other countries in growing their skills capacity.

The International Skills Training courses are being developed with Australian TVET expertise and will be licensed by the Australian Government for delivery by quality Australian RTOs.

How will these courses be delivered?

The courses have been tailored for flexible offshore delivery by registered Australian training organisations. Training could be delivered in partnership with local training providers, governments at all levels, and/or private employers.

The adaptable and flexible design of these courses lends itself to delivery across a range of skills training sectors and industries.

These courses offer different and additional educational services tailored for the international context to meet overseas skills training needs. They are designed to complement the range of Australian Qualifications being delivered offshore.

Learners who successfully complete a course will be awarded a completion certificate carrying the Australian Government crest and the Australia Future Unlimited brand. The Australian Government is working with national governments and relevant organisations to support recognition of the courses internationally.

Courses currently on offer

Training & Assessment

  • TVET Trainer
  • TVET Assessor
  • TVET Advanced Trainer and Assessor

What’s next?

The training and assessment courses were piloted throughout 2015/2016. A broader rollout of these courses is anticipated for late 2016.

Australian RTOs will have the opportunity to apply for a licence to deliver an International Skills Training course.

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Further information

More information on the IST course initiative can be found here

More information on International Training and Assessment Courses can be found here.

For any other information you can contact the department at:

[1] The Boston Consulting Group, The Global Workforce Crisis: $10 Trillion at Risk June 2014