Experience you can trust

Discover the reason why we want to make learning great.

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We’re a Learn Local community provider

We're not just a Registered Training Organisation,

we're also a Learn Local. This means we can provide

‘pre-accredited’ courses where training is tailored to suit your needs.  We will help you build pathways and gain skills for further education and employment.

We offer a variety of courses including studies in computers, hospitality, massage, horticulture, English, maths


We're a Registered Training Organisation.

We are a Registered Training Organisation, which means we can deliver accredited programs that are recognised right across Australia!  These courses include First Aid and Work Safety, Information Technology, Horticulture, Hospitality and Hair and Beauty, to name a few!

We can even come to your workplace and deliver training in the comfort of your own space.  Our staff are qualified teachers and experts in their industry.

Let's start at the beginning.

In 1988 a committee was formed to investigate the educational needs of adults in the South West Gippsland region.  This committee comprised of representatives from ACFE, TAFE, Shires of Bass and Phillip Island, Borough of Wonthaggi, Wonthaggi Secondary College, Bass and Phillip Island Community Centres and the Community Development and Learning Centre. Premises for the Community Development and Learning Centre (CDLC) Wonthaggi, opened at 2-10 McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi.


In December 1994, the Centre moved to its present site. In 1999, CDLC became Bass Coast Adult Education Centre, and in 2018 became Bass Coast Adult Learning.

During its tenure at the White Road site, BCAL has maintained and improved the property to increase accessibility for all.  It has provided Migrant English and Literacy courses funded by State and Commonwealth Governments. It has offered a variety of courses, including computing, work safety, hospitality, first aid, language and art and practical courses, both funded by government and paid for by participants. 

More recently, BCAL has expanded offerings to include qualifications in Hairdressing, Horticulture, Hospitality and Tourism.


Meet our team

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"The overall experience of studying at BCAL was FANTASTIC!
Teachers are extremely helpful in and out of class, they can't do enough to help you achieve your very best. Looking forward to more classes in the future."

Why us?

A little more about what we have to offer.

More choices

We offer a range of courses, from very basic levels to nationally recognised certificates in particular industries. We have short courses like First Aid. We have longer courses like horticulture, hair and beauty.

We publish a course guide each term – check it out…

Our Vision

BCAL aspires to be a vibrant, diverse organisation, offering a wide range of education and training programs, and community development opportunities to adults who live, work and study in Bass Coast.

Training to you

We are also open to new ideas.  We can tailor courses to meet your skill needs.  We can deliver workplace training at your business location or venue.  Talk to us about these options!

Our Mission

To provide a flexible, supportive and inclusive adult learning environment to enable community members from Bass Coast and surrounding areas to study, improve works skills and build social capital.