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Rockhampton State High School offers a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities for our students.  These courses contribute towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. They are not used in the calculation of an OP but may be used in the calculation of a tertiary entrance rank score for students wishing to apply for university without an OP.  VET subjects tend to place more emphasis on practical skills and knowledge and can develop specific skills relevant to employment.  

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No: 30345), students are able to enrol and complete: 

·         Certificate II in Business 

·         Certificate II in Engineering Pathways 

Students also have the opportunity to complete Certificate II in Rural Operations, through our partnership with CSaT.  All of these courses are run at our own industry-simulated learning environments during regular timetabled classes. 

All students enrolled in a VET course through Rockhampton State High School are required to complete a VET Induction. If students think they may already have the skills and knowledge being assessed in their VET course, they can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. 

Any students who are not satisfied with the training they received at Rockhampton State High School or disagree with the assessment decisions are able to submit a complaint as per our Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedures. 


External RTOs 


Students also have the opportunity to complete other VET courses through external RTOs. These courses usually run one day per week off campus.  Courses may include: 

  • Certificate I in Construction

  • Certificate II in Hospitality and Kitchen Operations

  • Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skincare

  • Certificate II in Hairdressing

  • Cert II in Public Safety (Fire Fighting)

  • Certificate II in Tourism

  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology

  • Certificate II in Self Awareness and Development

  • Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure 

FEET First Program 


The FEET First Program is aimed at assisting senior students enter employment, training or further education after completing Year 12.  

Positive benefits for students include:   

·        Providing students with the opportunity to make an informed decision about their future career and testing the reality of their choice.  

·         Interacting with employers and training providers to receive first-hand information about job skills, entry requirements and job prospects. 

·         Providing students with job readiness skills. 

·         Assisting students to make decisions that can provide a focus for future planning.  

The FEET First office is situated downstairs old A wing.  Students should make an appointment through Student Services.   


Work Experience                                                    

 Work experience is organised for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 at Rockhampton State High School. Work experience allows students to gain experience or knowledge in a variety or work situations to help them in future career choices.  Experience in the workplace is invaluable in building confidence, self-esteem, discipline and team work.  An Industry Placement Fee of $10.00 is charged to all students who participate in work experience.  Students need to collect a work experience application form from the FEET First office.   


School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs) 

Rockhampton State High School offers students in Years 11 and 12 the unique opportunity to make an early start on their chosen careers.  FEET First Staff help students with information about opportunities as well assisting students with applications for these positions.  Traineeships and Apprenticeships involve paid work as well as off the job training towards a recognised qualification that will contribute to the Queensland Certificate of Education and appear on their Senior Statement.  In many cases school-based traineeships and apprenticeships lead to post-school job prospects.  Previous students have successfully completed school-based apprenticeships/traineeships in the areas of automotive, engineering, hairdressing, allied health, aged care, disability services, electrical, business administration, retail, horticulture, track riding and veterinary nursing.   Students interested in a school based apprenticeship/traineeship are encouraged to see the staff in the FEET First Office.  Position’s vacant are advertised on the A wing or FEET First noticeboard as well as the daily student notices every week.  


Unique Student Identifier (USI) 

All students studying a VET certificate must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before a statement of attainment or qualification can be awarded. Students need to apply for their USI at and give a copy of this number to the HOD – Senior Schooling for recording.