Applying to register

Senior secondary education in a non-school setting

Pre-registration - information meetings

Before the closing dates for registration, the VRQA holds information meetings sessions for organisations or individuals who are considering applying for registration to deliver senior secondary education in a non-school setting. If you are planning to apply for registration, please email the VRQA to make a time to attend an information session.

Senior secondary authorisation by the VCAA

VCE / VCAL authorisation: If you are seeking registration to deliver the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), you must first be authorised by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to deliver the relevant course.

The VCAA must first authorise applicants to deliver the VCE or VCAL before the VRQA can grant registration.

Further information is available on the VCAA authorisation process for VCE and VCAL delivery web page.

Application form

In order to register to become a non-school senior secondary education provider you need to complete an Application to register a non-school senior secondary education provider (doc - 480kb) form. This application form should be read in conjunction with the Application to register a non-school senior secondary education provider – Information sheet (docx - 260.36kb) which contains instructions for lodging your application.

The Application form to register a non-school senior secondary education provider contains links to the following documents which can be downloaded directly from this page.

Contact the VRQA at if you have any query relating to the application form.

Acceptance of application

The VRQA can only accept applications that are well organised and have all the required evidence.

Application fee

The VRQA will acknowledge your application with an invoice for the application fee sent via email.

The application fee is payable online by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), BPAY or by Postbillpay. Online payments can be made on the fee payment page.

For more information see: Fees

Registration schedule and closing date

Registration process for new non-schools providers

Application closing date for registration with the VRQA

June 2018

Formal assessment, including attendance at meeting

with VRQA staff

Late August

Final submission to VRQA due

4 - 6 weeks after formal assessment provided

Final requirements due*

Prior to registration

Commence operations


*Final requirements relate to final teacher list and some building documentation.

Note: Applications may be forwarded prior to this date. The VRQA will commence assessing the application once the fees are paid. 

Assessment of applications

The VRQA will arrange a formal interview with applicants to discuss their application and any further information that may be required to demonstrate compliance with the minimum standards for registration.  Wherever possible this will occur within 4-6 weeks of the VRQA receiving your application.

Applicants will be provided with written feedback following the formal interview and one opportunity to re-submit any documentation which does not demonstrate compliance with the minimum standards.

Outcome of applications

The VRQA cannot grant registration unless it is satisfied that an applicant complies with all of the prescribed minimum standards to provide an accredited senior secondary qualification or course.

Applicants will receive formal advice regarding the decision on the application for registration. If registration is granted, a certificate of registration will be issued. 


A person whose interests are affected by a VRQA decision to not grant registration or to cancel or suspend a registration can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to review the decision. The application to VCAT must be made within 28 days after the later of:

  • the day on which the decision was made, or
  • if a person requests a statement of reasons for the decision, the day on which the statement was provided, or the person was informed that a statement of reasons would not be given.

Re-registration process for non-school senior secondary providers

Information on re-registration is available on the re-registration process for non-school senior secondary providers web page.