Applying and Enrolling

To help you decide whether a training or education provider is right for you, we've put together a fact sheet that explains the important things to look for when choosing a training or education provider, and a recognised training or education course.

Download the TAFE Illawarra Pre-enrolment checklist

Find out about what you can expect from TAFE Illawarra.

How to enrol

Step 1

You’ll need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before applying or enrolling in any nationally registered course. If you don’t already have one, you can simply create your own USI through the Australian Government Department of Industry website.

Step 2

Check out our Career Guide and proposed 2016 courses on our Course and Career Browser page to explore your options! Final courses on offer in 2016 will be available via our Course Search tool in November 2015.

Or, if you want to chat to our expert team and seek advice on the best course for you, come along to Choices Day on Saturday 5 December, 9am to 1pm.

Step 3

Check a couple of details

Do you meet the entry requirements?

Many TAFE Illawarra courses have specific entry requirements such as photo identification, qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience. Specific requirements will be listed in the course description.

Do you need to do anything other than register your interest and/or enrol?

You may need to attend an interview or audition, submit a portfolio or attend a testing session. To find out more read through the course description at or call us on 1300 766 123.

Step 4


Follow the process outlined as you progress through the course description via the ‘Find a Course’ tool to register your interest!

If you have gained skills and knowledge through previous studies, work or life experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition which can help you fast track your studies. Call 1300 766 123 for more information.

If you require assistance to enrol online call 1300 766 123 or visit your local campus between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can send us an online enquiry.

Changes to courses

TAFE NSW reserves the right to:

  • run or withdraw any course
  • hold a course at a campus other than that advertised
  • alter the times or dates for the whole or any part of the course.

If this does happen, you will be advised of the changes and the alternative arrangements which may be available for you to complete your course.

You can also use this Quick Reference Guide for extra help with the application process for the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled and Targeted Priority courses in 2016.