Challenger Institute of Technology is the preferred choice of more than 23,000 students each year.
We have 14 training delivery sites spanning a catchment area of 6,000 square kilometres, including four major campuses in Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham and Mandurah.
Challenger Institute is the only Western Australian training provider with responsibility for servicing both urban and regional communities.
We are a multi-award winning national leader in flexible and innovative learning in the following training areas:
- Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT)
- Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR)
- School of Applied Engineering
- School of Building and Automotive
- School of Business and Information Technology
- School of Community Services, Health, Sport and Lifestyle
- School of Foundation and Cultural Studies
- School of Hospitality and Tourism
- School of Maritime
- School of Science and the Environment
Challenger Institute is aligned to industry needs and works closely with more than 400 community and business partners to build a skilled and productive workforce and to fill labour shortages.
We deliver training in the workplace and offer workforce development solutions across a range of industries. The success of these services is based on fostering strong relationships. Ongoing consultation with Industry Advisory Groups actively informs the planning, design and delivery of Challenger's vocational education and training programs.
Challenger provides commercial training and research services to nine countries: Chile, East Timor, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and United Arab Emirates, and has a partnering agreements with training institutes in China.
Challenger Institute of Technology proudly embraces sustainability as a core cultural value. We are the only educational institution in Western Australia – and one of only six across Australia – that is a member of the National Centre for Sustainability. The collaborating institutions work in partnership with industry, government and the community to undertake program delivery, resource development, project work and applied resource to support the development of sustainable practices.
Challenger Institute incorporates sustainability principles into training delivery on two levels:
- At the expert level, where we offer courses specifically about sustainability.
- Within each training program, where we focus on practices and technologies linked to sustainability.
Challenger Institute can lay claim to being the oldest technical educational institution in Western Australia, with its roots dating back to the late 19th century.
Prior to 1900, technical education in WA was sporadic and mostly supported through Mechanics and Miners Institutes. However, Challenger Institute’s technical education record in Fremantle had its beginnings in 1898 when evening classes were conducted at Fremantle Boys School. These took place in the FTI building in Adelaide Terrace. Challenger’s subsequent incarnation was as the Fremantle Technical School. The inaugural class of 1900 comprised 116 male students taking evening classes in the South Terrace building that is still used today as a campus and administrative office.
Some name changes followed in subsequent decades, with the organisation operating at various times as South Metropolitan Technical College, South Metropolitan College of TAFE and Challenger TAFE.
In 1996, the organisation was established as a Statutory Authority under section 35 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996.
The formation in 2009 of a new West Australian training department resulted in the launch of a state government training blueprint, Training WA. Integral to this report was the call for public training organisations to become more autonomous, with the government giving TAFE colleges greater scope for flexibility and innovation.
As a result of this change, the name Challenger Institute of Technology was formally adopted on 15 December 2009.
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