Know The Difference: Diploma vs. Advanced Diploma

There is indeed a wide range of programs for international students to pursue in Australia. However, it is often confusing to them what these programs are, how they work, and how they know if such is suited for them. As defined by the Australian Qualification Framework, there are 10 levels of qualifications that students can obtain —where these may vary in duration, specialization, subjects, and levels.

Although higher education is a prominent level in the academe, vocational programs are also considered imperative to both local and international students. Whilst the stepladder scheme of Certificates I to IV can be easily navigated, many are still puzzled about the difference between the next steps, diploma and advanced diploma.

So, what really are the differences between the two? 

Diploma: A diploma program can take up to 1 to 2 years of study. Diplomas are structured to be distinct in terms of knowledge and skills required by your desired field or profession. This program also qualifies you to work in limited workforce areas upon completion. Certificate IV is the usual prerequisite for a diploma, although a case-by-case basis can be applied to students with foreign qualifications. 

Advanced Diploma: An advanced diploma can take up to 2 to 2.5 years of study. Advanced diplomas are structured to provide a deeper understanding and application of practical skills aligned to a certain specialization. Upon completion, you can be permitted as a skilled worker or function as an employee who qualifies to finish certain tasks without a license. 


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