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Most Popular Vocational Courses

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) play a crucial role in providing vocational education and training (VET) to meet the demands of various industries. Offering high demand courses is essential for RTOs to remain competitive and meet the needs of both learners and the job market. In this guide, we’ll explore the most popular vocational courses with high demand, ensuring that RTOs are well-equipped to cater to industry trends and learner preferences effectively. Additionally, it includes CRICOS in-demand courses, addressing the needs of international learners seeking quality education in Australia.

This comprehensive list, curated by our team, reveals the most popular vocational courses across RTOs and CRICOS. Not found anywhere else, this list not only showcases the top qualifications but also provides insights into why they’re in such high demand.

High Demand Courses: The Most Popular Vocational Courses in RTOs

Qualification Code Qualification Name Total Enrolments Total Number of RTOs with Scope Average 2022 Enrolments per RTO
SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness 36,235 85 426
TAE40122 Certificate IV Training and Assessment 39,675 112 354
SIS30122 Certificate III in Sport, Aquatics and Recreation 20,880 61 342
SIS20122 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation 14,620 51 287
SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness 16,300 59 276
CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support 19,825 94 211
CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support 17,255 89 194
CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 73,855 406 182
CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support 86,425 519 167
CHC40321 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention 4,840 32 151
CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry 29,315 197 149
CPP20218 Certificate II in Security Operations 16,565 114 145
HLT23221 Certificate II in Health Support Services 7,825 54 145
CPC20220 Certificate II in Construction Pathways 16,655 115 145
HLT43021 Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance 9,050 63 144
HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance 15,050 106 142
CPP30321 Certificate III in Cleaning Operations 6,850 49 140
FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 25,340 183 138
HLT52021 Diploma Remedial Massage 6,055 45 135
CPC10120 Certificate I in Construction 18,795 147 128
CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work 6,255 50 125
SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality 28,140 235 120
ICT30120 Certificate III in Information Technology 14,965 132 113
HLT37315 Certificate III in Health Administration 3,400 31 110
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 39,240 358 110
CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services 17,350 161 108
HLT33021 Certificate III Allied Health Assistance 6,865 64 107
CHC42021 Certificate IV in Community Services 11,465 109 105
FNS30122 Certificate III in Financial Services 3,020 29 104
SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery 19,375 187 104
CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support 29,395 286 103
AHC20422 Certificate II Horticulture 6,110 94 65
SIT20322 Certificate II in Hospitality 36,500 363 101
AHC30722 Certificate III Horticulture 6,300 63 100
CHC52021 Diploma in Community Services 29,260 298 98
SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 31,485 333 95
SHB30121 Certificate III in Beauty Services 6,550 72 91
HLT47321 Certificate IV in Health Administration 2,945 33 89
CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction 12,365 141 88
CPC40120 Certificate IV Building and Construction 12,890 153 84
SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management 34,045 412 83
CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media 5,695 74 77
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health 11,990 156 77
CPC20120 Certificate II in Construction 4,200 55 76
SHB50121 Diploma of Beauty Therapy 6,450 85 76
CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering 5,295 70 76
ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology 7,985 107 75
FNS30322 Certificate III in Accounts Administration 3,635 49 74
AHC20122 Certificate II in Agriculture 5,085 75 68
SIT20122 Certificate II in Tourism 3,600 55 65

We analysed the enrolment data from training.gov.au for both the current and superseded versions of each qualification in the same year to ensure accurate enrolment information is presented.

  1.  SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness

    As health and wellness awareness grows, so does the demand for professionals in this field. SIS30321 caters to the fitness industry’s growing demand for qualified fitness instructors and personal trainers, making it one of the most popular vocational courses.

  2. TAE40122 Certificate IV Training and Assessment

    With 39,675 enrolments across 112 RTOs, this qualification is essential for individuals seeking to become trainers and assessors. The continuous need for skilled trainers across various industries elevates its demand, especially with the recent updates to the qualification.

  3. SIS30122 Certificate III in Sport, Aquatics and Recreation

    This qualification equips individuals with the practical skills to thrive in the growing sports, aquatics, and recreation industries. It’s been added to our list of courses with high demand as learners are bound to enjoy increased job prospects as sports coaches, lifeguards, or fitness instructors.

  4. SIS20122 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

    The sport and recreation industry has been experiencing an upward trend in employment demand these past few years. This high-demand course is crucial to building foundational knowledge and skills among individuals who want to pursue a career in the field.

  5. SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

    A higher-level qualification in the fitness sector, this course covers more advanced topics in anatomy and physiology and exercise prescription. This course is popular among individuals who want to start their own fitness businesses or take leadership roles in existing fitness facilities.

Popular Vocational Courses: High Demand Offerings on CRICOS

Code Program name Number of CRICOS RTOs Providing Enrolments Per RTO
MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering 2 523
AHC30620 Certificate III in Production Horticulture 1 205
FNS40821 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking 1 190
CPC20120 Certificate II in Construction 1 145
MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade 2 128
SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail 3 93
AUR50216 Diploma of Automotive Technology 57 93
BSB30719 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety 1 85
SIR20216 Certificate II in Retail Services 2 73
BSB40820 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication 93 72
AUR40216 Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis 113 66
BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management 147 65
  1. MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering

    Australia has seen increased engineering job vacancies for the past two years. Most apprenticeship and entry-level roles require candidates to have a Certificate II qualification to ensure they have the basic skills and knowledge necessary for the job, making it one of the most popular vocational courses on CRICOS.

  2. AHC30620 Certificate III in Production Horticulture

    The horticulture industry experienced increased production gross value and a rise in exports last year. The trend will continue in 2024, with more employment opportunities available. This course offers more specialised training, making it popular with individuals who want diverse career pathways in fruit and vegetable production, floristry, landscaping, and more.

  3. FNS40821 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking

    The finance and mortgage broking sectors are ever evolving. Practising professionals must keep up with new regulatory requirements and complex financial products consistently on the horizon. The FNS40821 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking is in demand among CRICOS students, who must meet professional development needs and maintain their clients’ trust.

  4. CPC20120 Certificate II in Construction

    Long-term civil engineering and residential construction projects are expected to bolster employment demand for the construction industry in the next few years. With the construction industry frequently experiencing skills shortages for entry-level positions, this certification is popular on CRICOS as it helps meet industry demands by providing workers who can provide support for ongoing construction projects.

  5. MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade

    In 2023, mechanical engineers were the second most in-demand professionals in the engineering field. The demand for mechanical tradespeople remains high to support various aspects of production. With numerous employment opportunities available to entry-level professionals, this certification has easily become one of the most high demand courses on CRICOS.

Empowering Registered Training Organisations to Meet Market Demand

As demand for skilled professionals grows across industries in Australia, Registered Training Organisations play a pivotal role. By offering popular vocational courses that address industry needs and align with CRICOS in-demand courses, RTOs ensure they remain competitive and relevant. This guide empowers RTOs to meet market demand effectively, serving both local and international learners seeking quality education in Australia.

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