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Certificate III in EAL (Access) (Partial)

Overseas-Qualified Professionals Stream - OQP Victoria Code: 22486VIC

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Preston, Prahran


available full time / available part time


Online literacy and numeracy assessment

Next Intake

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Next Intake

January, April, July, October

Improve your employability

The Overseas Qualified Professionals (OQP) Victoria program at Melbourne Polytechnic is a course designed for skilled, qualified and experienced overseas professionals who require high level English and employment skills in English to restart their careers.

A deep understanding of the Australian labour market and workplace culture will help you successfully gain access to employment in Australia.

An English course tailored to your needs

Melbourne Polytechnic Students OQP students receive a tailored learning plan which covers speaking, listening, reading, writing and digital literacy as well as employability skills in English. You’ll develop their communication and research skills and your knowledge of the Australian labour market. You will learn to prepare and participate in oral interactions in a professional context and write and read complex workplace-based texts. You will also learn CV development, analysis of position description and key selection criteria (KSC), job interview and workplace communication skills, as well as cultural knowledge, including Australian management concepts, industrial relations and Australian workplace practices. Friendly, experienced Melbourne Polytechnic staff also offer professional mentoring, assessment of your work readiness and can help to identify any barriers to employment and help you develop a plan to overcome them.

Find your place in the Australian workforce

At the conclusion of the course, you’ll develop your individual employment pathway plan. Melbourne Polytechnic’s unique industry connections can help support your work placement with local council and government departments, financial institutions and engineering and telecommunication companies. At the conclusion of the course, your employability skills will have improved to help you enter the Australian workforce as a qualified professional in your relevant field.

Fee support available to eligible Hume residents.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates may enter the Australian workforce as a qualified professional in their relevant fields.


This program will lead to completion of three units of the 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access), which can provide a pathway into completion of the full Certificate.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Course duration is one term plus 6 to 12 weeks of industry placement (subject to availability).

  • Work placements
  • Online - part time
  • Blended learning - full time

Class Schedule

Course duration is one term plus 6 to 12 weeks of industry placement (subject to availability).

Assessment Methods

There are no exams. Assessment is continuous and ongoing, focusing on the process of learning as well as the competency requirements of the select units taken from the 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access) curriculum.

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
VU21490 Organise and participate in a practical placement Elective 50
VU22611 Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions Core 80
VU22612 Read and write straightforward communications and transactional texts Core 80

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $100 $500 $2450
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $275 $750 $2700
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

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.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Please note: Fee support available to eligible Hume residents.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

You are required to provide your own pen and writing materials. You are provided with worksheets during class, and will have access to a range of facilities and services to assist with your learning and wellbeing while at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Course Fees

Fee support available to eligible Hume residents.

Scholarships on offer

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To enrol in this program students must have:

  • An overseas professional qualification
  • Work rights in Australia
  • English language proficiency of working level ACSF3 / exit level ACSF 2

Not essential but desirable:

  • Demonstrated overseas work experience in professional field
  • Information technology competency relevant to qualification/field

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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.