If you want to study a course, you will find that there are many providers who offer many different courses. So how do you choose what is right for you?
First of all, you must make sure that you only enrol with a provider that is registered with VQA. This means that the provider must meet minimum standards and that it is regularly checked by VQA to make sure that it is doing a good job.
Secondly, you must make sure that you enrol in an accredited course. Such a course has been developed with and for the industry or the community and meets their needs.
Thirdly, you must make sure that the provider has approval to deliver the accredited course. This ensures that the provider has all the resources and the skilled teachers to deliver the course, and that the qualification you will receive at the end has the VQA seal on it and is nationally and regionally recognised.
So, how do you know which course and which level is right for you? To make a decision the following questions may help:
- In what kind of industry would you like to work? What kind of job would you like?
- Which qualifications do you already have? Which education have you done? Which skills do you currently have?
Each course has entry requirements that you must meet before you can enrol. These questions help you decide if you meet the entry requirements of the course you are thinking of.
- Which registered providers offer courses that you are interested in and that are at the level you are looking for? Are these providers at a location that you can go to?
- Is the course accredited? Does the provider have approval to deliver?
- How much does the course cost, and can you afford it? Could you get a scholarship perhaps?
If you are not sure what a "level" of a qualification is, or how qualifications work in Vanuatu in general, and you have not yet read the article "Understanding the Vanuatu Qualifications Framework" on this website, then this would be a good time to do that.
Deciding on a qualification that is right for you is not easy. But it is important for your future, so it is worth taking some time to answer these questions.