Is ASSET the same as TAFE?


Is ASSET the same as TAFE?

Well, same same, but different.

We get asked this question all of the time from prospective students and clients looking to find the right training provider to suit their needs. We thought we’d explain how Asset is different, but still the same as TAFE to assist you in making the right choice for your future training needs.

The main different to note is that ASSET is a private registered training organisation. TAFE is a government-owned provider.

Courses available

You will find that Asset College and TAFE have a lot in common when it comes to the courses available to you to study. ASSET has over 50 qualifications available ranging from Certificate II right up to Graduate Diploma level courses. Depending on the campus location, TAFE have the ability to deliver most of the qualifications that ASSET does. However, ASSET has specialist knowledge in delivering particular areas of training.

This year will see us 15 years in the business specialising in the security industry. Throughout this time, we have built a standout reputation amongst security industry employers and associations and our graduates have a big advantage in this space. We offer unique support programs that other RTO’s don’t or can’t offer.


At ASSET, course fees are decided based upon the costs required to deliver particular qualifications for different delivery methods. Our prices sit within current market prices but most of our courses are less than TAFE. ASSET can deliver most qualifications through face-to-face, online, correspondence, mixed mode and Recognition of Prior Learning methods.

Asset College is also able to offer government-funded courses under both the Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills funding like TAFE. We also have access to industry funding such as Construction Skills Queensland funding for the construction industry.

Office Locations

ASSET is very similar to TAFE in that we have multiple campuses right across QLD and are expanding into other states and territories as well. Where there is a TAFE campus in South East Queensland, you will most likely find an ASSET office somewhere close by too. If there is not an ASSET-branded office, there will be a training partner with whom we have teamed up to deliver the same quality courses. We want to be as accessible as possible to you!

Last but certainly not least, ASSET wins national awards just like TAFE does! 2020 saw us take out the top spot for QLD Large Training Provider of the Year. 

In deciding which pathway to choose, just do your research and speak to people in the industry about what provider may be able to offer you the best possible chance of gaining employment. Because after all, vocational education and training is just that! Training for your vocation.

For more information about how ASSET can help you decide on the right provider for you, call us on 1300 731 602 or submit an enquiry online.

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