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Certificate II Of

Code: PSP20218



Preston, Prahran


available full time / available part time


available full time / available part time

Next Intake


Next Intake

February, July

An introduction to Auslan

Auslan is Australian sign language, a language developed for and by Australians who are Deaf or hard of hearing. With hearing loss on the rise in the Australian population, the demand for Auslan skills is on the rise, both professionally and socially. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Auslan is the beginning of the the only accredited pathway to learn Auslan in Victoria. This course is a prerequisite to Auslan interpreter training, but is also appropriate for friends, colleagues and family members of Deaf and hard of hearing people who would like to increase their accessibility and communication abilities.

Make connections within the Deaf community

This course serves as your introduction to Auslan. You will learn basic signs and simple ways to communicate. You will also learn about the history and culture of the Australian Deaf community and its context within international Deaf communities. Melbourne Polytechnic has a long history within the disability sector, and as Victoria’s sole provider of this accredited pathway to learning Auslan, you will have opportunities to participate in Deaf community-based activities and events with our industry partners.

Use your skills in real life

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Auslan is the start of your Auslan education. At the completion of this qualification, you might use your skills in recreation, sports, as a note taker, or with very simple social conversation. To gain employment within the services sector, you can move into the Certificate III in Auslan, and advance your skills.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This is an introductory course for Auslan and will provide basic communicative skills to converse with deaf people. To gain employment within the services sector, you can move into the Certificate III in Auslan, and advance your skills.


Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in 22077VICCertificate III in Auslan and also the 22078VIC Certificate IV in Auslan

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

2 semesters
Regional delivery:
Part time Regional Delivery is also available
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be conducted throughout this course including observation, testing, assignments and group work

Units of Study

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

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
PSPLAN002 Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure Core 50
PSPLAN003 Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol Core 100
PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level Core 370

Fees & Costs

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 1 November 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$800.00 - $7000.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.


There are no formal entry requirements.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.