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Certificate II in Work Education General

Code: 22631VIC

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12 months full time / available part time

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Continue to develop your skills for the workforce

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism or cognitive impairment Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Work Education 22631VIC (General Stream) will help you find your path to your dream career. This qualification will build on skills learned in the Certificate I courses and continue to build confidence and essential skills for entering the workforce. You’ll learn in the classroom and on the job through work placement opportunities in retail, warehouse and or theatre work. Personal management, teamwork and communication skills will set you up for positive outcomes and a strong future in the workforce.

Learn skills in class and on the job

At Melbourne Polytechnic, we have a long history in disability sector. Our qualified careers advisors and teachers will develop an individualised program tailored to your interests and goals. Melbourne Polytechnic’s unique industry partnerships offer field trips in the areas of warehouse, retail and theatre. Plus, all students have the opportunity to gain real-life experience before they graduate, with 250 hours of practical placement, followed by an evaluation to determine your strengths and future goals. The course also includes three workshops for Parents as Career Partners. Your teachers will work with you at the end of the program, preparing an action plan to follow once the course is complete and assisting with active job searching. Best of all, class sizes are limited to ten students, so you’ll receive individual attention.

Discover your dream career

This course is the first step in towards your dream career. You may also gain employment at entry level in the retail, warehouse logistics industries, theatre or events. You might also continue to study for higher qualifications to achieve your goals.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate II in Work Education - General 22631VIC take me?

The Certificate II in Work Education 22631VIC is one way of getting your foot in the door to your dream career. You may be qualified for entry-level positions in a wide variety of industries such as Retail, Warehouse, and Events (depending on electives you select).

Study Pathways

There is a range of potential further education pathways from the qualification when units of competency from accredited curricula or endorsed training packages are completed as part of this course. Pathways include:

  • Certificate II in Retail Services SIR20216
  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations TLI20420
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821 (apprenticeship / non-apprenticeship)
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

Delivery methods

You will complete 250 hours of work 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.

  • Workplace

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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods will respect your individual learning style and may include discussion, demonstration, verbal questioning, short answer, written, role play and observation. Methods may be varied in response to specific learning needs.

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
MSMWHS200 Work safely Elective 30
SIRXCOM001 Communicate in the workplace to support team and customer outcomes Elective 40
SIRXCOM002 Work effectively in a team Elective 30
SIRXIND001 Work effectively in a service environment Elective 45
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety Elective 15
VU22362 Engage in simple texts for employment purposes Elective 25
VU23470 Investigate job opportunities Core 110
VU23471 Identify workplace expectations Core 180
VU23472 Undertake a work placement Core 250
VU23473 Develop independent travel skills Elective 100

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 $260 $1300 $12250
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $435 $1550 $12500
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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 will need to supply the following:
  • notebook and pens
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up Myki card for excursions
  • black pants, black t-shirt, black shoes (Retail elective)
  • safety boots (Warehouse elective)

Scholarships on offer

Portrait of Natalie Butler

'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for.  And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'

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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.

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