There are a few things you can do before you start your classes that can help calm nerves and make for a smooth beginning. 

Get ready for your studies at TAFE SA

Welcome to all the students who are commencing training with us in Semester 2.  Use the resources and activities on this site to get off to great start at TAFE SA!

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Connect with our online Presentations

During the Orientation Program, a range of online workshops will be available to help you get started with your TAFE SA studies.  Check out our latest events below.  The full list of upcoming events is available here.

Not available at the time an event is running?  Starting your course outside of our four stage Orientation Program dates? Don't worry!  A recorded copy of our presentations will be available for enrolled students to view anytime on the Student Orientation and Support Learn Course. 

Learn more about your campus

Unsure about the campus, where to go, or how to get there? Visit our Campus Locations page to find out more information, and download a map of your local campus.

Depending on your campus location, you may have access to security, lockers, cafe, student lounge, and vending machines.  

A Campus Connect orientation event will be held during Connect Week to welcome our new students.

Look out for the signs or ask at your local Student Hub

Held on Monday 26th July from 12-1pm at most sites.

PRepare Yourself

Prepare for your first day at TAFE

Check out some of our news items and presentations below, with a range of information about your finances, study skills, getting prepared, and being organised for study. 

You can also download a copy of our Getting Ready Checklist, to help keep track of your progress.

Getting Help

Concerned about personal issues which may affect your study? Worried about your career direction and want support?  Do you have a disability or learning condition affecting your study? Need extra help to connect with our library resources or online systems? 

Visit the Getting Help section of the Student Website to explore the range of great support services available while you study with TAFE SA.  

Enrolment Information

When you start studying with TAFE SA, most students will attend an Information & Enrolment (IE) Event, which may be either on campus, online, or as an individual phone appointment.  Your enrolment package will include pre-enrolment information, your individual training plan, registration information, your timetable, fee information and payment terms. 

Many students will enrol into their classes during their IE Event, however you may choose to enrol at home, by logging on to myTAFESA, and using the information provided to you by your Lecturers.  

Need help? Call TAFE SA (1800 882 661) or attend the Student Hub at your local TAFE SA Campus for support with your enrolment. 

Your Finances

Check out information about scholarships and grants and options for paying your fees, to make sure your finances are in shape for study. 

A short video is available to help you understand your options for VET Student Loans and Fee Help on the Student Orientation and Support Learn Course, if you are studying a diploma or above.

If your situation changes and you need to withdraw from study, you can find out more about withdrawals and refunds here.

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Connect with Student Services to create an Access Plan

Get support for your disability, mental health or medical condition by connecting with Student Services at the start of your study.

Make a booking online on our Disability Support page to start identifying your support needs and developing an Access Plan. 

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Student Card & Travel Concessions

Once you have registered into your subjects/units, you can arrange to get your Student ID Card.  Full-time students are eligible for some travel concessions.

Your Student Card will be needed to borrow library resources, and access printing and photocopying on campus.


Understand the CSPA process

When starting your studies you will be asked to complete an online tool to build a picture of your reading, writing and numeracy/maths skills.  This tool is called the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).

The purpose of this is to help your lecturers assess if you will need any learning support during your studies and to help to personalise your training. It may also be needed to confirm your eligibility for subsidised training, and for VET Student Loan.

In some cases, there may be a requirement to achieve a certain level of core skills to be able to study. If you don't reach this, you may be eligible to receive assistance to build your skills prior to re-taking the assessment and starting your studies.

More information about the CSPA can be found on the TAFE SA Website on the CSPA page

Your Safety

Know your rights and responsibilities 

TAFE SA is committed to providing students with a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging study environment.  There are a rights and expectations for students, which are outlined in our Code of Behaviour and Student Policies

While studying at TAFE SA, you also need to be aware of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS). Information about WHS is available on the Student Orientation & Support Learn Course, including general safety, evacuations, protective equipment in workshops, and reporting accidents/incidents. 

We will also provide COVID-19 updates on our website, and your lecturers will notify you if there are any impacts on your training. 


Term Dates 2021

TAFE SA term dates are aligned with the South Australian state schools dates.  Most of our courses have a break between terms, however please be aware that some courses may have classes scheduled during term breaks.  Check your program timetable for individual schedule of classes and commencement dates for your qualification. 


Term 1: 27 Jan - 9 Apr

Term 2: 27 Apr - 2 Jul


Term 3: 19 Jul - 24 Sep

Term 4: 11 Oct - 10 Dec

More details and important dates for applying and studying at TAFE SA are available on our Key Dates pages. 

You can download a pdf of the TAFE SA Academic Calendar           TAFESA_2021AcademicCalendar

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Proactive study skills

Apart from reducing study stress, becoming a proactive learner ensures you progress toward your study and career goals in an effective and timely manner.

Financial Wellbeing

One way to offset your course related costs is to apply for a scholarship or grant and exploring other financial assistance you may be able to gain through government support services.

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Developing a budget is the first step in recognising available resources, identifying expenditure and ongoing commitments then being accountable for how your income is managed.

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Knowing what your week looks like will teach you to prioritise, reduce your stress levels, increase wellbeing and help you to be successful in your studies and life.

Goal Setting – What are your goals?

A goal is something that gives you direction and focus for the future and provides a clear reference point for decisions you make.
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