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Vocational education

Kilcoy SHS offers outstanding Vocational Education programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in quality learning programs, working towards certificates in the following subjects:

1. Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (School Delivered in partnership with TAFE QLD)

The Certificate II in Engineering Pathways course has been developed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a broad-based, widely recognised vocational educational course as an integral part of their senior course of study. This course runs over a two year timeframe and provides students an introduction into engineering trades.

2. Certificate II in Rural Operations (External Provider: UQ Gatton)

The Certificate II in Rural Operations course has been developed to provide students with the opportunity to experience and develop a diverse range of skills for students and to prepare for the workforce. Students will also focus on Occupational Health and Safety training, and gain hands-on skills to work with crops, machinery and livestock, tractors, chemicals, and quad bikes. The Cert II will be delivered over 2 years and will commence in Year 11.

3. Certificate II in Hospitality (External Provider)

The Certificate II in Hospitality course will provide tailored and flexible training with a focus on engaging, interactive and completion driven training and employment outcomes for students.  Students in Year 11 and 12 with this industry as a career in mind are offered this opportunity.  It will be completed within one school year.

4. Certificate II in Health Support Services, AllevE8 (External Provider: TAFE East Coast)

AllevE8 is a Department of Education & Training ‘school to work’ transition program which prepares students in all aspects of employment, whilst they are still at school. It includes a 20 week (1 day per week) work placement and completion of Certificate II in Health Support Services over the full Year 12 year. Some of the benefits to students open up employment opportunities and career pathways, develop employability skills and achievement of up to 6 QCE points.

5. Certificate II in Transport and Logistics, GenR8 (External Provider: Brisbane TAFE)

GenR8 is a Department of Education & Training ‘school to work’ transition program for Year 12 students wanting to enter the Transport Logistics & Supply Chain industry.  The program runs over the full Year 12 school year.  It combines 20 weeks of structured work placements (1 day per week) with a recognised qualification (Certificate II in Logistics).  At completion of the program, Year 12 students are securing a range of employment opportunities including apprenticeships, traineeships, permanent, part time and casual employment.

6. Certificate II Public Safety (Fire Fighting Operations) (External Provider: QFES)

This program is only accessible to students 16 years of age and over.  Students are required to join a local brigade as a Registered Junior. All Personal protective Equipment required is provided free of charge and all manuals and learning resources.  Participants are automatically covered by QFES Rural Operations insurance and WorkCover policies.  On completion of the qualification students become an active Volunteer firefighter and earn four Credits towards their QCE.


TAFE Queensland offers the opportunity for high school students in year 10 (must be 14 years, 9 months), year 11 and year 12 a range of training options e.g.: One day a week during the school term over two years to complete a Certificate II or Certificate III.

The benefits of undertaking these courses include:

  • Students have the opportunity to develop entry-level competencies required in the workplace and have these nationally recognised.
  • Successful completion of this certificate course will contribute QCE points.
  • Students wishing to enrol in related vocational educational and training (VET) on leaving school, will be eligible for appropriate credit towards courses offered in the same industry area by other VET providers such as TAFE.
  • Successful completion of selected certificate courses may also help  in accessing University through a Rank pathway.