Certificate III in Auslan

National Code: PSP30218
TAFE SA Code: TP01117

Study pathway: Certificate II in Auslan (PSP20218)


This course aims to develop Auslan language skills for confidently communicating about familiar topics within routine as well as some more challenging contexts. This includes holding simple conversations and giving presentations, making announcements and following simple instructions and directions.

This course will also prepare you for further formal Auslan language study and is a part of the pathway towards Interpreter or Teacher of the Deaf training.

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12 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate II in Auslan
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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 a week plus some work out of class. 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. Duration at Whyalla Campus is 15 months.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need reasonable skills in reading, writing, face to face communication and basic research. You also need to be able to use online learning and have computer, organisation, time management and study 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).

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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, childcare, 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.

    Certificate III in Auslan (PSP30218)
    This qualification begins with introductory signing skills and then moves on to developing skills for confidently communication in routine as well as some more challenging contexts. The course aims to develop the Auslan communication skills for a variety of situations such as casual conversations with deaf family and friends or communication with deaf colleagues and clients at work, moving onto a broader range of context and social contact. This course will also prepare you for further formal Auslan study, including interpreter training and teacher of the deaf. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 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
    Analyse the structure of Auslan signs 80
    Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure 50
    Converse in Auslan at a basic user level 370
    Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects) 370
    Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities 80
    Source the information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol 100
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