TAFE Institutes for international students

Challenger Institute of Technology


Challenger Institute of Technology is one of Western Australia's most diverse training providers, offering international students more than 60 courses from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma at eight campuses. 

Many of Challenger’s courses include work placements so graduates are "job ready" when they graduate. A number of qualifications at the diploma or advanced diploma level provide higher education pathways to university.

In 2012, Challenger was named Australia's Large Training Provider of the Year, and it continues to be the preferred choice of more than 23,000 students each year.

Our Courses

Challenger offers exciting and rewarding career paths in:

Pathways to University

Challenger 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​

Challenger’s campuses are located along the southern coastline of Perth in:

Getting to Challenger

The main campuses of Challenger Institute are located in and around Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River, about 20 kilometres south of Perth.

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 Fremantle Central Business District (CBD), which provides frequent services around the city.

Specialist Training

Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) (Oil + Gas)

ACEPT is Australia’s leading provider of process operations training, offering qualifications for the oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing industries.

It features a full-scale process plant, process control equipment and a state-of-the-art distillation column that ensure hands-on experience in a real-life industry environment.

Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR)

Located alongside the School of Maritime, ACAAR  is a world-recognised facility for marine finfish research and development, training and consultancy.

Research is undertaken with key aquaculture industry partners and ACAAR offers expert services to individuals and companies requiring advice, training and assistance.

School of Applied Engineering

The School of Applied Engineering works closely with industry to deliver a range of courses. In an Australian-first, the School’s Advanced Diploma of Engineering has achieved full accreditation from Engineers Australia.

School of Hospitality and Tourism

The School of Hospitality and Tourism is a multi-award-winning training facility renowned for excellence in vocational programs.

It has won Western Australia’s most prestigious tourism award ​– the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism – and its Quinlan’s Training Restaurant has won five Gold Plate Awards for dining excellence.​

School of Maritime

Situated in the heart of Fremantle, Western Australia’s major port, the School of Maritime boasts a fleet of vessels and a ship’s bridge simulator, and offers a range of courses meeting state, federal and international maritime standards.

It is the ideal training ground for real-world scenarios related to the maritime industry.

School of Information Technology and Business

The School of Information Technology and Business works closely with private and public organisations to offer training programs that equip employees with industry relevant skills.

Courses are offered at four of Challenger’s campuses, with flexible training options available including online learning and on-the-job training.

School of Community Services

The School of Community Services offers specialised training in aged care work, children’s services, community services work, disability work and education support.

Highly qualified and professional staff ensure that graduates are assessed in the workplace and are work-ready. The School maintains a strong partnership with industry via an Industry Advisory Board.

School of Health, Sport and Lifestyle

The School of Health, Sport and Lifestyle focuses on training needs for beauty, massage, sport and fitness industries.

The School has excellent facilities including the Visage Beauty Clinic, a beauty and massage clinic.

School of Science and the Environment

The School of Science and the Environment offers specialised training programs for individuals, enterprises and industry associations.

Working in collaboration with government agencies, industry and community groups, a diverse range of courses are available including companion animal services, conservation and land management and laboratory operations.


Challenger's Quinlan's T​raining Restaurant has won its fourth consecutive Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Award for Excellence (WA). Quinlan's claimed the Best Restaurant in a Training Institute category.​

International Support

The International Student Support Office helps international students adjust to life in Australia and offers academic and personal assistance, such as:

  • Orientation program 
  • Academic study support
  • Personal/ wellbeing support
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Mentor support
  • Employment advice and support
  • Accommodation referral service

International Student Events

There are a variety of events on and off our campuses each year for students to take part in. Challenger Institute runs two free international student events each year. These events are designed to bring international students together off the campus in a fun and relaxing environment.

Past trips have included day trips to Penguin Island, wildlife parks and Rottnest Island. An invitation to register for these events will be emailed to all current international students.  

Welcome from the Managing Director

Terry Durant, Challenger Institute of Technology"Challenger Institute of Technology is one of Western Australia's most diverse registered training providers. The Institute embraces a culture of excellence and integrity along with a commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Students from around the world come to Challenger to experience our world-class training, state-of-the-art facilities and welcoming campus lifestyle.

With over 450 international students from over 60 countries, and qualifications ranging from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma levels, there is something to suit everyone at Challenger."

Terry Durant
Managing Director, Challenger Institute of Technology

Challenger Video​

Find out why students from over 50 different countries choose Challenger.

Watch Challenger's videos to learn more about the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) and the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR).

​Challenger News

Massage therapist wins top Challenger award
​​​​​Taiwanese student Yi Hsuan (Emily) Lee has been named the​ Challenger Institute of Technology International Student of the Year.

Great support for Korean Remedial Massage Student at Challenger
Student Jingeun Kim is finding Challenger staff to be very supportive and always ready to help students succeed. Watch the video!

Industry recognition for Aquaculture at Challenger
The Director of Challenger's Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR), Mr Greg Jenkins has received a Leadership Award for his outstanding contribution to the fisheries and seafood industry.

Challenger student appointed as CISA ambassador
Samuel Onuoha was selected for this prestigious role because of his interest in and commitment to international student issues.

Aged Care student gets great insights
Born in the Philippines, international student Brent Miguel Perez has found great value in his Aged Care studies.

Challenger Community Services student becomes mentor
Born in Poland, Meg Olszak is loving life in Western Australia as an international student at Challenger.

Challenger opens new campus
The state-of-the-art centre delivers training in nursing, aged care, children's services and education.


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