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Certificate IV in Auslan

Code: PSP40818

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18 weeks full time / available part time

Next Intake

January, February

Next Intake

January, February

Take the next step on your Auslan path

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818 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 III in Auslan PSP30218. 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 PSP40818 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. 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 the Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818 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

Study Pathways

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Auslan will allow you to enrol in the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018.

Course Details

How you will study

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

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Full time: one semester, four days per week, Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:45 pm.

Part time day: two semesters, two days per week, Thu and Fri, 9:00 am to 2:45 pm.

Part time evening: two semesters, two nights per week, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm plus one full day onsite face-to-face Saturday class per term.

Duration: 18 weeks full time / 36 weeks part time day / 44 weeks par time evening

Part time is available at the beginning of the school year only.

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.

Code Subject Elective Hours
PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level Core 370
PSPLAN002 Compare the fundamental 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
PSPLAN005 Analyse the structure of Auslan signs Core 80
PSPLAN006 Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities Core 80
PSPLAN007 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) Core 370
PSPLAN008 Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English Core 60
PSPLAN009 Compare other sign languages to Auslan Elective 50
PSPLAN010 Communicate with deafblind people Elective 60
PSPLAN011 Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people Elective 50

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 $528 $2640 $23700
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $703 $2890 $23950
Per year $
Per semester $

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 1 November 2021. 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:

Total fees payable will depend on the successful completion of the Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218.

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 be required to have a suitable laptop or smartphone to enable you to video your assignments and upload them.

Course Fees

Total fees payable will depend on the successful completion of the Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218.


Successful completion of Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218 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.

Please note that attendance at an Information Session is mandatory for all new students. An interview will be scheduled after you attend an Information Session.

Continuing students will be notified when enrolments open for this course.

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 Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

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

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