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Certificate IV Of

Code: PSP40818





available full time / available part time


available full time / available part time

Next Intake

February, July, Midyear

Take the next step on your Auslan path

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Auslan will provide you with advanced Auslan skills. Employment opportunities in Auslan interpretation and accessibility requirements are increasingly necessary across a broad range of industries, from the disability sector to entertainment. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Auslan continues the only accredited pathway to learn Auslan in Victoria. This course builds on the Certificate II and III in Auslan. You will develop the language skills to discuss and exchange information about complex topics.

Communicate effectively with the Deaf community

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Auslan is an advanced language course. You will gain intermediate to advanced Auslan skills, and continue to explore the linguistic differences between Auslan and English. You will also have the opportunity to study elective topics, including Communicating with DeafBlind people and Sport in the Deaf Community. 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.

Take specialist Auslan skills into the job market

This pre-vocational course can support employment outcomes within the Deaf community and wider disability sector, including positions as a research assistant, youth or disability worker, counsellor. You might also find work in the community, education or performing arts industries.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This course is an important step on your way to working in deaf organisations in a variety of roles
  • Community Support Worker
  • DeafBlind Support Worker
  • Counsellor


Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Auslan will allow you to enrol in the 22081VIC Diploma of Auslan

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"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
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and 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 fundmental difference between Auslan and English structure Core 50
PSPLAN003 Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol Core 100
PSPLAN004 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects) Core 370
PSPLAN009 Compare other sign languages to Auslan Core 50
PSPLAN010 Communicate with deafblind people Core 60
PSPLAN006 Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities Core 80
PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level Core 370
PSPLAN008 Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English Core 60
PSPLAN005 Analyse the structure of Auslan signs Core 80
PSPLAN007 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) Core 370
PSPLAN011 Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people Core 50

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
$2300.00 - $20500.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

You are required to provide your own stationery, books and any writing materials

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.


Successful completion of Certificate III or equivalent.

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.