Certificate II in Auslan

National Code: PSP20218
TAFE SA Code: TP01116


Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the majority language of the Deaf community in Australia.
This course teaches introductory Auslan skills for discussing simple matters/everyday familiar topics in a variety of situations. Students learn basic signing skills and Deaf community cultural values from teachers who are actively part of the Deaf community.

Students who complete this course are prepared for further formal Auslan language study.

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12 months 

Part Time

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Entry Recommendations
You will need to have reasonable skills in reading, writing, face to face communication and basic research. You will also need to be able to use online learning and have organisation, time management and study skills.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is delivered as a blend of face to face and online learning. Language learning is face to face with 2 classes of 3 hours each a week. Day and evening classes may be available. The 2 theory units are studied online. 80% attendance in each unit in a term is needed to successfully complete this course.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You should be willing to adapt to deaf cultural behaviours in signing spaces such as the classroom. These behaviours include: refraining from speaking or using voice, working in a brightly lit room without eye coverings (such as sunglasses), use of attention gaining methods like flashing lights, loud and sudden noises and appropriate touch (such as on upper arm).

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Auslan language skills can be an advantage for work in teaching, child care, community welfare, public service and health positions.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Auslan (PSP20218)
    Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf Community in Australia. Sign language is a visual spatial language which uses hand shapes and movements as well as facial expressions and body language. Auslan has its own vocabulary and grammar that is different from that of spoken languages. This course begins with introductory signing skills and then moves on to developing skills for confidently communicating in routine and challenging contexts. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure 50
    Converse in Auslan at a basic user level 370
    Source the information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol 100
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