Certificate III in Auslan

National Code: PSP30218
TAFE SA Code: TP01117

Study pathway: Certificate II in Auslan (PSP20218)


Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf Community in the Australia. Sign language is a visual spatial language which uses hand shapes and movements as well as facial expressions and body language. Auslan is not English "translated" into signs. It has its own vocabulary and grammar that is different from that of spoken languages. Learning Auslan not only allows the learner converse with deaf people, but also to become aware of an important but often overlooked part of Australian culture.

There are two stages to completing the Certificate III in Auslan. Stage 1 is one year of part time study exiting with a Certificate II in Auslan. Stage 2 is a further year of study to complete the Certificate III in Auslan.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions may apply to Subsidised Training.

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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.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • 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 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.

    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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of 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 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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