About CIT

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Vocational education and training is designed to provide you with occupational or work-related skills and knowledge.

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CIT – History and what it can offer you

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has proudly delivered high quality vocational education and training to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) since 2 May 1928. Over 80 years later CIT remains the leading provider of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) in Canberra, Australia’s Capital city.

CIT is a large government institute and a Registered Training Organisation under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The winner of the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) ‘Large Registered Training Organisation of the Year’ Award for 5 years running.

In 2010 there were 28,000 enrolments across all CIT campuses and each year over 100 courses are on offer for international students to study. CIT has four campuses and two off campus Learning Centres located in various suburbs across Canberra. Courses are offered to international students at the three largest CIT campuses: Reid, Bruce and Woden.

The first international student began at CIT in 1988.  This student was from Fiji and he enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering. Since then the international student population has grown substantially to approximately 1,500 students. CIT prides itself on offering an exciting and diverse multicultural environment with international students representing more than 86 different countries.

CIT programs are designed for people who want to study for a career, gain new skills, change careers and/or prepare for further study. CIT teaches industry-relevant, work-related knowledge and skills that are practical and up to date with the latest technology and trends.

Industry Partnerships

CIT has a strong reputation domestically and internationally with business and industry endorsing CIT’s programs. These partnerships assist with student employment and work experience. CIT’s partnerships allow students a choice of pathways to employment, further study upon graduation or career enhancement.

CIT: Partnering with industry and individuals to develop a skilled community.

Learning at CIT

At CIT we have a supportive and dynamic learning environment with practical classes. Teachers are in touch with their students and learning is interactive and challenging. CIT staff are industry professionals, with students benefiting from their expertise, support and personal attention. Many of the CIT staff have the ‘inside knowledge’ which gives their students an advantage to make them stand out.

We are innovative in the way that we deliver our programs - we are always looking for new ways to do things to stay ahead in a constantly changing world with ever increasing levels of information. When developing programs to fit this dynamic environment, we talk with our clients and industry to work out what the job market needs. Our programs are industry focused and well-regarded in business and the community.

We keep ahead of the trends and a qualification from CIT is highly valued. As a CIT student, you will graduate equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to meet the demands of a continuously changing workplace.

Modes of study

Our courses are taught using a variety of teaching methods. Courses are delivered through face-to-face teaching but they can also include:

  • simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills, for example, hair salons or restaurants with commercial kitchens
  • work experience or work placement
  • supervised study time with a teacher
  • on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn

To ensure high levels of safety and care, some courses such as Nursing, Aged Care, Early Childhood Education and Care and Community Services may require you to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC), occupational assessment or screening and vaccination against infectious disease.  Anyone working with what are considered vulnerable people will need to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) check before any work placement can commence.  For more information concerning the WWVP check click here.

Assessment methods

CIT’s courses are assessed in various ways.

For example, students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout a course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks, continuous assessment and examinations.

Assessment outcomes may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three assessment methods.

You will receive details about how your course is assessed after you enrol.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au

Courses available

We offer international students:

International students have the opportunity to choose from over 100 programs in the following areas:


We acknowledge previous study and experience through our recognition process called Skills Recognition. Credit transfers are also in place offering study pathways to leading Australian universities.

Higher education partners of CIT include:

  • University of Canberra (UC)
  • Charles Sturt University (CSU)
  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Like to find out more?

If you would like more information about what CIT can offer you please contact the International Services Unit.