Certificate IV in EAL (Employment/Professional)

Overseas Qualified Professionals (OQP) Victoria

Are you an overseas qualified professional? Our Certificate IV in English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Employment/ Professional) will give you an introduction to the Australian workplace and job market and the opportunity to undertake an industry placement.

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Develop your English skills and enhance your social and work life in Australia

If you are an adult and English is not your first language, but your English is at upper-intermediate to advanced level, then this Certificate IV in EAL (Employment/Professional) can develop your language skills for work, study or social purposes. It’s offered through the Bridging and Preparatory Studies department’s Overseas Qualified Professionals (OQP) Victoria program.

The program content is dependent on your study needs. Topics offered include:

  • CV (resume) development
  • interview and workplace communication skills
  • workshops on the local labour market and Australian workplace practices
  • group and individual counselling
  • Australian management concepts
  • assessment of your work readiness
  • identification of barriers to employment
  • individual employment pathway plan

Industry Engagement

We can support your work placement with our links to over 500 businesses including local council and government departments, financial institutions and engineering and telecommunication companies.


  • professional, qualified and experience teachers
  • e-Learning materials on Moodle
  • workshops and seminars delivered by industry experts
  • workplace text and reference books
  • computer lab
  • video equipment

Employment outcomes

This course can help you gain employment in the industry of your chosen and qualified profession.

Workplace requirements

You must undertake a 4 to 8 week industry placement within 12 months. All students are eligible provided you have completed the OHS task and submitted a CV/resume. Check entrance requirements to determine your suitability.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information on the Certificate IV in EAL (Employment/Professional), please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students






Bridging and Prep
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 10 weeks
10 weeks - 150 hours
flexible delivery, plus 6 to 12 week industry placement

Part-time: available
flexible delivery

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom


Find out more on fees and charges

Entrance Requirements

You will be interviewed before placement in the program.
To be eligible, you must have:
  • residency visa in Australia
  • a professional level of English language skills
  • information technology competency relevant to your qualification (where appropriate)
  • an overseas professional or trade qualification

Assessment Methods

There are no exams. Assessment is continuous and ongoing, focusing on the process of learning as well as the competency requirements of the modules of the EAL Framework. As part of their assessment, students develop a folio of work.


You are required to provide your own pen and writing materials. You are provided with worksheets during class, and will have access to a range of facilities and services to assist with your learning and wellbeing while at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Pathways to further study

This program will lead to completion of 3 units of the Certificate IV in EAL (Employment /Professional) which can provide a pathway into completion of a full 22258VIC Certificate IV in EAL

Career Pathways

Graduates may enter the Australian workforce as a qualified professional in their relevant fields.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • October
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.