About AVSE

Australian Vocational Skills and Education (AVSE) is a specialist Vocational Education and Training (VET) entity based in Sydney, Australia. We have training sites in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) and in Cambodia (Phnom Penh). You will find our contact details here.

Peter Goudge (Australian) and Linh Tran (Vietnamese) are Directors and the joint owners of AVSE. Peter holds tertiary qualifications in social science, disability services, training, assessment and education. Linh holds tertiary qualifications in economics. Anthony (Tony) Kearney is a Director and the Public Officer of AVSE. Tony has more than 30 years of high-level, corporate and financial management experience in Australia and abroad.

AVSE is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia. Our RTO number is: 45373.

AVSE’s RTO status enables the business to deliver qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in Australia and offshore, subject to approval. The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), regulates the VET Industry in Australia and can approve or decline an application from an RTO to add a qualification to their training scope. RTOs can only deliver qualifications that are listed on their scope – at locations that are known to ASQA.

Prior to obtaining RTO status in our own right, AVSE collaborated with another Australian RTO for the better part of a decade to deliver an Australian Government accredited TESOL training programme in Vietnam and Cambodia. This collaborative arrangement enabled AVSE to gain valuable, hands-on experience with: 1. managing and delivering training programmes within the AQF at ‘offshore’ locations; and 2. the complexities and benefits of offshore, third-party Vocational Education and Training agreements. Nowadays, this TESOL programme comes exclusively within the domain of the RTO owned by AVSE. It’s tangible proof that when it comes to delivering AQF qualifications offshore, AVSE has the expertise and drive to achieve quality outcomes and exceed business expectations.

With an enviable market share in TESOL training in Vietnam and Cambodia locked away, AVSE is in an excellent position to leverage its RTO status through delivering AQF qualifications in other industries and other parts of the world. We’re actively pursuing new partnership opportunities across Southeast Asia, the sub-continent and the Middle East.

We have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, maybe you have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) initiative that could capture our interest. We’ll only know if your idea is feasible, if you talk to us about it.

All things being equal, AQF qualifications that AVSE can deliver offshore in our own right or via a formal third-party agreement are only limited by:

1) What’s available within the AQF: There are literally hundreds of qualifications within the AQF from basic entry-level courses – barista training for example – through to Doctorate level in rocket science and similar. One of the key features of the AQF is that one level typically leads to the next. For example, you might start off doing a Certificate I in Hospitality when you first enter a commercial kitchen and continue through to a Certificate IV in Hospitality where you’re managing a commercial kitchen.

2) Written approval from ASQA, the VET regulator in Australia: Obtaining approval from ASQA to add a qualification to an RTO’s scope can be tedious, but it’s manageable. Since obtaining RTO status, AVSE has successfully navigated the ‘addition to scope’ process on a number of occasions allowing us to deliver training and qualifications in diverse industries. If your training objectives necessitate AVSE adding a new AQF qualification to our scope, we’ll see it as a challenge that must be met.

3) Industry experience and trainer certification: The eligibility requirements for those who conduct training and assessment in an AQF environment are prescriptive. You could be an ‘Oxford Don’, but still ineligible to deliver an AQF course or conduct assessments.

The trainers and the assessors must have extensive industry experience and hold what is called a Certificate IV in Training Assessment and Education (Cert IV in TAE). The Cert IV in TAE is an AQF qualification in its own right that can be completed online in four to six weeks of part-time study, chipping away each day. Industry experience and the Cert IV in TAE are not negotiable prerequisites to deliver AQF qualifications.

There’s no doubt about it! Combining AVSE’s RTO status in Australia and offshore VET experience – with your industry expertise and local knowledge, presents an unparalleled opportunity to take your training business to a much higher level, an international level. Now is the time to act.


1300 Quang Trung Street
Go Vap District (Ward 14)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

+84 901 324 439