Byford SC is committed to working with students and our broader community during their unique journey to meet WACE requirements.  Students are encouraged to be active participants in their careers classes and engage in course counselling. Should you have a more specific query that is not outlined in the VET policy please do not hesitate to contact


There are the minimum requirements for students to receive a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in 2017 and beyond. Of the 20 units required for a WACE, up to a maximum of four Year 11 units and four Year 12 units may be substituted by VET qualifications and/or endorsed programs.

All delivery and assessment of VET must be conducted or supervised by a qualified trainer and assessor in partnership with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which operates under a VET regulatory and quality framework.

Students can choose programs to suit their individual needs to achieve their future career goals. Our partnerships support students participation in a number of programs whilst working towards their WACE. Some of these include:

  • Pre Apprenticeships in Schools
  • School Based Traineeships / Aboriginal School Based Traineeships
  • TAFE profile programs
  • Fairbridge / MTA / CTF scholarships
  • Hillside Farm School
  • Endorsed programs such as Workplace Learning, Recreational Pursuits, Elite Sports and Community Service

Application processes are conducted for places in many of our programs; this may require personal interviews with The College and other training organisations or employers. Register your interest by following details in Connect notices, participating in course counselling or contacting the VET office

Unique Student Identifier

Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a federal requirement. Students must make a request for a number online and provide it to the school for forwarding to the Registered Training Organisation that Byford SC is partnered with.

The USI allows a student’s record of training to be recorded on a national training database and should be kept for future use when enrolling in further training or education.

USI Quick Guide, Also see for details. USIs can be forwarded to via email or from the USI portal.

Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning is an Authority-developed endorsed program. To complete this endorsed program, a student works in one or more paid or unpaid workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. 

An example of unpaid work would be School authorised work placement (work experience) during school hours or community service. 

An example of paid work would be a casual or part time job outside of school hours.

Either case requires students to contact the VET office and complete an Expression of Interest which will detail employer contact information. Non-ATAR students are encouraged to complete work placement during exams breaks. ATAR students need to contact the VET office. Year 10 students are encouraged to plan their work experience as per The College planner for that year.

Students must hold good standing and complete relevant Work Experience and inductions prior to commencing their work placement (see Worksafe Smartmove post). Each placement is monitored by The College and students need to allow 3-4 weeks to organise their work placement. 

The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the workplace in the Authority’s Workplace Learning Logbook. The student must also provide evidence of his/her knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing the Authority’s Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace. 

Students could earn up to 4 C grades in Senior school when they complete 220+hours of work placement and have evidence of this appropriately recorded in their logbooks and skills journal for every 55hours. 

Queries to be emailed to or students can visit the VET office during lunch breaks.