TAFE institutes for international students

Central Institute of Technology


In 2014, Central Institute of Technology won the Australian Training Awards​ in the International Training Provider of the Year category, for outstanding achievement in providing ​vocational ​education and training to international students.​

Having also won the prestigious Western Australia 'International Training Provider of the Year' in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010, Central Institute of Technology (Central) trains more than 1,300 international students each year and has a total student population of over 29,000.

Whether you're looking to s​tudy for a career, want a pathway to university or to improve your English language skills, Central offers over 100 courses to suit you.

Our Courses​

Central currently offers the following Higher Education Diploma:

Find out more about the advantages of studying a Higher Education Diploma

Central offers a wide range of study options, including courses in:

Pathways to University

Central Institute has advanced standing agreements with several universities. Find out more information, and see which courses are eligible for university packaging through Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP), in the University Pathway Finder.

Our Campuses

Education and training at Central is delivered across five campuses located in the centre of Perth city and surrounding suburbs. These include:

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

Central offers English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).


Our English Language Centre is officially accredited by the National English Language Training Accreditation Scheme (NEAS)


We are current members of English Australia (EA), the peak professional body for all accredited ELICOS centres in Australia.

Getting to Central

Our campuses are located in the heart of the city, right in the centre of the multicultural and arts precinct, wit​h the facilities you would expect of an innovative and progressive institution.

All of the campus locations are a short walk from public transport, provided by Transperth, including the bus and train. In Western Australia you will be eligible for a student discount on all public transport.

There is a free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus that operates within the Perth Central Business District (CBD), which provides frequent services around the city.

Specialist Training

Knowledge Industries Precinct

Our Perth campus, known as the Knowledge Industries Precinct, specialises in Building and Engineering, Creative Industries, Travel and Tourism, and English Language.

Resources Industries Precinct

Our Resources Industries Precinct in East Perth offers programs of great importance to the global economy and environment including Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Mining, Surveying and Science and Technology.

Human Services Precinct

The Community Learning Centre is the centrepiece for Central’s Human Services Precinct, in Leederville. The Centre provides training in Community Services, Children’s Services, Aged Care and Disability Services, Youth Work and Mental Health.

It is also known for its focus on music, with the campus housing an industry standard professional recording studio and live performance venue with full staging, lighting and sound production.

The Health Services Precinct

The Health Services Precinct located in Mt Lawley is known for its focus on Nursing and Allied Health and our dentistry courses are run from the Oral Health Care Centre in Nedlands.

Unique Facilities

Central’s campuses offer unique facilities including ‘Gallery Central’ a purpose-built Art Gallery, a Beauty Therapy Clinic which is open to the public, a fully equipped gymnasium and our famous ‘CUT Mine’ a fully simulated underground mining environment, located in the safety of our Perth campus.  

Campus Facilities + Services

International students have access to the following facilities:

  • Art Gallery (Perth)
  • Beauty and Massage Clinic (Perth)
  • Cafeteria (All campuses - excluding Nedlands)
  • Child Care Centre (Perth)
  • Dental Clinic (Nedlands)
  • Fitness Centre (Perth)
  • Library (All campuses - excluding Nedlands)
  • Prayer rooms (All campuses)
  • Wireless internet access (All campuses)

International Support

The International Centre is dedicated to the academic and personal needs of our international students. The staff offer friendly, specialised support and guidance for students from orientation through to graduation. We also have two qualified counsellors who can help with any issues students might have settling in Perth.

Central’s international students are given English support throughout their studies.

Central also provides specialised job support that will help you find part time employment in Perth and help you prepare for your future career.

Support to ensure a safe and secure environment

Central provides on campus security guards, cameras and free emergency telephones to make sure help is readily available for students who need it. Central also provides safety briefings and pocket guides so that students know who to contact about personal, home and travel safety when they are off campus.

Welcome from the Managing Director

Neil Fernandes "Welcome to Central, Western Australia’s oldest and largest training institute.  With modern, state of the art campuses that are located in the heart of Perth’s cultural district, it’s little wonder that 30,000 students, including over 1200 international students, choose to study with us each year.

Our global outlook ensures you can apply the skills you learn here around the world.
I'​m very proud that Central has been recognised as the International Training Provider of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in 2014, and the Western Australian ‘International Training Provider of the Year’ in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010, and am confident that your time here will be enjoyable and rewarding."

Neil Fernandes - Managing Director, Central Institute of Technology

International Student Video Tours

Central students and staff have joined forces to develop a range of welcome videos for international students planning to come to Perth and study at Central.

These videos showcase our courses, facilities and campuses. You will hear from international students studying our ELICOS and vocational education courses.

The videos will give you and your families a better feel and understanding of Central, its campus locations and the city of Perth before you get here.



Central News

Central Graphic Design student gains industry skills
Christophe dreamed of being a Graphic Designer since he was 12 and has found new ideas during his studies, thanks to quality teaching.

Join Boomerang, the International Students social club
A calendar of events to meet other students, make friends and improve your English.

Hospitality pathway at Central
Central's Advanced Diploma of Hospitality delivers industry relevant training in the heart of the entertainment and hospitality precinct in the centre of the vibrant City of Perth.

Central Wins Australia's 2014 International Training Provider of the Year
Awarded​ for outstanding achievement in providing ​vocational ​education and training to international students.

National English Language Teaching Accreditation
Central Institute of Technology and P​olytechnic West recently received national accreditation for English language teaching (ELT).

Orient​ation Welcomes Semester 2 International Students
International students had an interesting welcome to semester 2 studies at Central Institute​ of Technology's orientation session in July 2014.

Honour for Central Institute student from Mauritius
Christelle Collet from Mauritius, a Community Services student, was elected to chair The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) in Sydney.

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