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Certificate I in Work Education Ignition Theatre

Code: 22566VIC

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12 months full time / 2 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, February

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A unique opportunity to increase employability

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism or cognitive impairment Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Ignition Theatre Stream) will help you find your path to your dream career. We will teach you about the varied aspects of creating and performing in a theatre show, whilst teaching you skills which improve your chances of finding a job. You’ll learn in the classroom and in the theatre, enjoying the experience of writing the script, acting, lighting, stage design, sound, stage management and marketing for your theatre show. Personal management, teamwork and communication skills will set you up for positive outcomes and a strong future in the performing arts and the workforce beyond.

Let your creativity run wild and learn from the best

Melbourne Polytechnic leads the education sector in experience and innovation for transition and work education. In 2018, we won ‘Inclusive Training Provider‘ in the Department of Education’ s Victorian Training Awards (VTA). We’re proud to work alongside Ignition Theatre, the first and only TAFE theatre course for people with autism, learning needs and disabilities. Together, we recognise and build the skills and talents of our students who may not get the chance in mainstream theatre courses. As part of our Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Ignition Theatre Stream), you’ll explore various art forms within theatre and uncover hidden talents. You’ll go to the theatre with your classmates. Plus, you’ll develop confident personal presentation that is valuable in any workplace. Our experienced teachers will give you individual attention and prepare you for the workforce, through a supported job interview, CV writing and a pathway plan when you finish your course. The course also includes three workshops for Parents as Career Partners.

All the world’s a stage with your new skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Work 22566VIC Education (Ignition Theatre Stream) is a fun and creative way to learn skills that are necessary for employment. Some of our recent graduates are acting with community theatre companies such as the Rollercoaster Theatre Company, which was set up by our former Ignition Theatre students. You may gain employment at entry level in the performing arts industry as a stagehand or an events assistant. Your confidence might also lead to work in the retail or hospitality industry.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate I in Work Education - Ignition Theatre 22566VIC take me?

The Certificate I in Work Education is one way of getting your foot in the door for your dream career. You may gain employment at entry level in the Performing Arts industry in areas such as retail, events assistant and stage hand.

  • Stage Hand
  • Retail Assistant
  • Event Assistant
  • Theatre Assistant

Study Pathways

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 Work Education 22631VIC
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821
  • Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) 22476VIC
  • Certificate I in Mumgu-dhal tyama-tiyt 22447VIC

I'm so happy that I was able to have the opportunity to have [the Work Education teachers] be there for the support that I needed.
Carol-Anne Freeling
Work Education Graduate, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner
Portrait of Carol Anne Freeling

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

2 Years
Year 1 of 2
Tues AM-PM
Thur AM-PM

Year 2 of 2
Days will vary depending on electives chosen, flexible delivery to meet your study needs

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.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
MSMWHS100 Follow WHS procedures Core 20
TLIG1001 Work effectively with others Elective 40
VU22109 Complete Forms Elective 20
VU22450 Work with and interpret simple directions in familiar situations Elective 30
VU22787 Prepare for employment Core 30
VU22789 Participate in job seeking activities Elective 50
VU23028 Develop an Individual Vocational Plan with Support Core 100
VU23029 Develop Personal Management Skills for work Core 80
VU23030 Participate in vocational activities Core 400
VU23031 Participate in practical placement with support Core 300
VU23032 Develop workplace communication skills Core 30

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $390 $1950 $19050
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $565 $2200 $19300
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You need to supply:

  • paper and pen
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions
  • safety boots for undertaking back-of-house activities

No books are required.


Applicants to complete a Work Education program application for interview form, which will be followed by an interview.

To apply you will need:

Applicants for this program will have a disability, e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Next Steps

Work Education students are required to complete and return an application form and attend an informal interview to find the best suited class and discuss any additional requirements that may be needed to support studies. All future students who have submitted an application will be contacted via email to schedule the interview between August and December.

Students will need to also organise a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if they don't have one. This can be done online. Please bring this along to the interview session with any other documents and identification required which will be outlined to you in the email.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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