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Work Experience

Work experience involves completing unpaid work in a business in order to gain knowledge about a particular vocational area, understand and experience the world of work, and develop your social, communication and teamwork skills.
A number of Certificate III qualifications studied at BrisbaneSDE require students to complete work placement. For students studying Certificate II qualifications, it is recommended that work experience is completed.
However, you don’t need to be studying a VET certificate qualification to complete work experience. Just contact us, and we can help you to get organised.


  • Resident of Queensland
  • At least 14 years old
  • Can only complete 30 days in a year
  • Placement must finish in the year it starts.

What you need to do:

  • Find a business where you can complete placement
  • Complete the Work Experience Agreement and Code of Conduct  Agreement (icons below) and have all required parties sign. The Principal will be the last signature.
  • Complete the Smart Move Certificate, as detailed below
  • Email or post all of the above documents to BrisbaneSDE (details below) 

Smart Move Certificate:

The Queensland Department of Education and Training requires you to complete workplace health and safety (WHS) training before you can participate in work experience. The Smart Move Certificate requires you to complete an online general module and industry-specific module of WHS training. To do this:
  1. Go to 

  2. Select the Option, ‘Smart Move Certificate’.

  3. You must first register for the course, with Brisbane School of Distance Education listed as the RTO.

  4. You then must complete the ‘General Module’.

  5. Also complete the module that relates to the industry in which you will be attending Work Experience. E.g., if you are completing work experience at a hotel you will need to complete the Hospitality & Tourism module.

  6. Once you have completed both modules, a certificate will generate. Scan and send a copy of this certificate to BrisbaneSDE.

What to submit:


Email the completed Work Experience Agreement, Code of Conduct Agreement and Smart Move Certificate to Anna Kafouros –, or post to:

Anna Kafouros
Room E209
Brisbane School of Distance Education
GPO Box 1308

You and your employer will receive a copy of the Work Experience Agreement once the Principal has signed.