Certificate I in Work Education



Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate I in Work Education will help you find your niche. Whether your goal is to go on to further study or to gain employment, we’ll design an individual education program to meet your learning needs.

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Build relevant skills straight away

Develop skills in a non-competitive environment, learning both in the classroom and on the job through work placement opportunities. Our qualified careers advisors and educators will help you respond to a continually changing world.

A customised program tailored to achieve positive outcomes and set you up for the future

In the General stream of the Certificate I in Work Education, you’ll learn vocational and job-seeking skills, employability and personal management skills, teamwork and communication skills.

Your vocational electives include clerical, multimedia, introduction to trades, introduction to hospitality, retail, performing arts and warehouse/packing.

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

You’ll benefit from our long history in the disability sector, our constant updating of courses and our ongoing participation on the re-accreditation committee.

Class sizes are limited to ten students. We actively promote equality of representation and aim to achieve a balance in the student group profile, to remove barriers on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race and age. The course includes three workshops annually (for parents as Career Partners).

Industry connections and resources

A significant part of Work Education Department training involves field visits to a broad range of workplaces, community groups, and recreational, cultural and educational facilities. You’ll benefit from our partnerships in the areas of warehouse, hospitality, retail and office.

Employment outcomes

You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work through your work placement, across a wide variety of industries.

Work placement

You will complete 300 hours of practical placement. Plan and organise this with one of our teachers, then evaluate the experience afterwards. In conjunction with a teacher, you’ll identify your strengths, weaknesses and future learning requirements to support employment.


For additional information on our Certificate I in Work Education, General stream, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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Work Education
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 1 year
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Part-time: 2 years
flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM

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

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom



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 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. Assessment methods will respect your individual learning style and may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation. Methods may be varied in response to specific learning needs. The integrity of the learning outcome and assessment criteria should be maintained


You will need to supply the following:
  • notebook and pens
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions

You also require a uniform of black t-shirt, black pants, closed leather shoes, black plastic apron and black hat, for the Introduction to Hospitality vocational elective; and you will need safety boots for the Introduction to Trades vocational elective

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to complete a Work Education Department entry report which will be followed by an interview. Minimum age 16 years. Candidates will have special learning needs (associated with intellectual/learning disability, autisum spectrum, ABI, or other) but have the potential and motivation for employment. Applicants should be interested in working in a Melbourne Polytechnic-based program, and have the support of his or her family or an advocate.

Pathways to further study

The more education you complete, the more job opportunities you’ll have. You can 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 1 in Work Education is one way of getting your foot in the door 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

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
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
TLIG1001A Work effectively with others 40
VU21308 Work with and interpret directions in simple, familiar situations 30
VU21664 Prepare for employment 50
VU21666 Participate in job seeking activities 50
VU21771 Develop individual vocational plan with support 100
VU21772 Develop personal management skills for work 80
VU21773 Participate in vocational activities 400
VU21774 Participate in practical placement with support 300
VU21775 Develop interpersonal communication skills for the workplace 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.