The VCAL has been designed with the needs of young people in Years 11 and 12 in mind. The certificate was accredited by the Victorian Qualifications Authority (VQA) in July 2002 and is delivered as a complementary qualification to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Students can transfer credit for successful completion of units in a VCAL to the VCE and vice versa.

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning is accredited at three award levels: 

  • Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation)
  • Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate) 
  •  Vic Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)


VCAL Learning Programs must comprise four curriculum strands including compulsory studies in Literacy and Numeracy. The four strands are:

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills;
  • Industry Specific skills (Vet or SBNA’s) 
  • Work Related skills; and 
  • Personal Development skills.

The VCAL is designed to develop and extend pathways for young people from school to further education and work.  Successful completion of the VCAL will enable students to extend their areas of learning through enrolment in further VET Certificates and/or qualifications based on training packages. Further transition options also include apprenticeships or traineeships, enrolment in VCE and employment.