Certificate I in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy


Our Certificate I in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy will help develop your literacy, numeracy and communication skills for the workplace. This training will improve your interpersonal skills and increase your self-esteem and confidence.

What will you learn

You will learn to write simple sentences, communicate orally and develop basic numeracy skills using money, time, and measurement through practical hands on activities.

An individualised program to increase your literacy and numeracy for the work place

Focus is on skills and learning that is responsive to the needs and opportunities that are personally relevant to the learner.

The benefits continue at the end of the program with exit planning – documenting your strengths and pathways and preparing an action plan to follow once the course is complete. We’ll also assist you through our alumni program.

Learn in safe hands

Benefit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s decades of experience in the disability sector, our constant updating of courses offered and our ongoing participation on the re-accreditation committee.

Class sizes are limited to 10 students and we actively promote equality of representation and have a strong commitment to achieve a balance in the student group profile.

Industry connections and resources

You will have the opportunity to practice your skills in the community.

As a Melbourne Polytechnic student you will have access to our libraries and learning services including computer labs. We also offer comprehensive library resources and sport/recreation facilities.

Employment outcomes

You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work through successful completion of the course, across a wide variety of industries.


Assessment consists of demonstrations, verbal questioning, short answer, practical exercises, role play, reports and observation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Local Students






Work Education
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Part-time: available
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
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 Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You may be assessed using an integrated approach. Learning outcomes may be grouped together and assessment of the module achieved through an activity that takes into account of all learning outcomes. Other methods may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation and will vary in response to specific learning needs


You will need to supply:
  • paper and pen
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions

Entrance Requirements

To apply you will need:
  • an application form
  • to have an interview
  • to be at least 16 years old
  • potential for employment
  • motivation to work in a Melbourne Polytechnic-based program
  • support of family/advocate
Applicants for this program will have a disability - e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Pathways to further study

You may be able to use this course as a pathway into courses as varied as:
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance
  • Certificate II in Visual Arts
  • Certificate II in Animals Studies
  • Certificate II in Painting and Decorating

Career Pathways

The Certificate I in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy is an opportunity to set you on a path to your dream career. You may also gain employment at entry level in a wide variety of industries such as Retail, Hospitality, Horticulture and Animal Studies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July

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
VU21737 Read Phrases 85
VU21739 Communicate orally using phrases 80
VU21740 Read simple sentences 70
VU21742 Communicate orally using simple sentences 35
VU21751 Use simple metric weights 25
VU21754 Use coins and notes 25
VU21755 Use simple addition skills 40
VU21756 Use simple subtraction skills 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.