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
  • Equivalent skills and knowledge to a Certificate II level in Auslan
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Fee Free

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and will include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

Fee Free Training Eligibility
Full Fee
    • TAFE SA will contact you if you do not have a Certificate II in Auslan to verify your equivalent skills and knowledge.
  • 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.

    * 2021 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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