Learning at a training provider


You’ll probably find that your learning experience at a Registered Training Organisation (RTOs) is quite different from school.

You’ll have a lot more independence and flexibility, and more freedom to structure  your own studies. You’ll often have the choice to study full time, part time, in the day or evening, on the weekend, on or off-campus, or via correspondence and online courses.


Classes can be small, which allows each student to get individual attention. Your classmates will be of varied ages and backgrounds.

Victoria’s vocational training system is designed to help you get the practical skills and knowledge you need to join the workforce. Your classes might mix practical, hands-on learning experiences in specially equipped classrooms with fieldwork, lectures and class discussions.


There are more than 1,300 RTOs. Some are very large while others are small and specialist. The services and facilities they offer will vary, so check with your RTO.

Many RTOs have student support services to help make the transition to study at TAFE and other training providers easier. Many also offer social, sporting and cultural activities.

Your provider may have a student support office and some providers have Koorie Liaison Officers and Disability Liaison Officers. Many providers also have trained staff to help students with disabilities. Special equipment, counselling and tutoring may also be available.