The VCAL certificate is a Senior School qualification completed over the last two years of secondary education. Students who complete VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE institutes, doing an Apprenticeship, or getting a job after completing school.

Once you have completed your VCAL, you will have knowledge and skills that are a useful preparation for a trade or industry certificate.

The rules for running the VCAL are set down by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

The VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. You would start and complete your VCAL at the level that matches your needs and abilities.

The VCAL’s flexibility offers you a learning program that suits your interests and learning needs. You choose accredited modules and units for each of the following compulsory strands:

  • Practical work-related experience.
  • Employability skills.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Personal Development skills that is important for life and work.

A VCAL program runs for the equivalent of 3 subject blockings and is divided into 3 negotiated programs. Monday and Friday programs are negotiated on a topic. Each program combines literacy, numeracy, employability and personal development whilst Wednesday is the delivery time for skills based Industry program.

Below is a sample of some of the programs on offer during the 2014 program.

Monday Program

Wednesday Program

Friday Program

  • Redan
  • Buddy
  • Environment
  • Literacy
  • Kicking Goals
  • Mythbusters
  • Small Engines
  • Work Related Skills
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • The World Around Us
  • Personal Development




  • SCOPE Disability Program Horticulture
  • RACV Energy Breakthrough
  • Social Issues
  • Animation
  • Fit 4 Life
  • Visual Art
  • Model Making
  • Outdoor
  • Certificate II Creative Industries


Example of a VCAL program: As an example, a Year 11 student might select –

VCAL Negotiated Programme       Myth Busters – Monday Cert II Automotive –   Wednesday       Energy Breakthrough – Friday VET Programme Cert II Building & Construction VCAL or VCE Maths Unit 1 VCAL Literacy or VET or VCE study Private Study
VCAL or VCE Maths Unit 1 Another VCAL Literacy, VET or VCE study Private Study