Types of Registered Training Organisations

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are registered either with the Australian Skills Quality Authority or the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. The Department does not work with unregistered providers.

Types of RTOs include:


Victoria has 12 institutes of Technical and Further Education (TAFE), which between them boast 82 campuses across the state. TAFE institutes are publicly owned organisations that provide accredited vocational training in a range of fields. Each TAFE institute is able to determine its own course mix, based their strengths and the training needs students and industry in their region.

Private RTOs

Private RTOs are privately owned companies that deliver accredited vocational education and training in a wide range of fields. Some RTOs are operated by businesses to provide staff training. Some private RTOs are also contracted to provide government-subsided accredited training. The performance of all privately operated RTOs delivering government-subsidised training is regularly reviewed to make sure training meets the Victorian government’s high standards.

Learn Local

There are more than 300 Learn Local organisations in Victoria, such as neighbourhood houses and community centres. Learn Locals specialise in providing training in community-based settings and have specialist skills in engaging with people facing disadvantage and barriers to education and employment, providing pathways to further training and employment. Some Learn Locals also provide accredited vocational education and training courses.

For further information, visit: Learn Local


Four Victorian universities currently offer vocational education courses. Each university is able to determine its own vocational training course mix, based on analysis of their areas of strength and the courses valued by students and industry.

To find out more about universities, see: Higher Education

More information 

For tips and a checklist to help you make an informed choice of training provider, see: Choosing an RTO

To find a vocational course or training organisation in your area, visit: Victorian Skills Gateway