Certificate IV in Auslan

National Code: PSP40818
TAFE SA Code: TP01158


This course aims to develop Auslan language skills for communicating with a measure
of fluency and ease within a broad range of contexts and with a range of Auslan users about a range of topics, including abstract matters. This includes engaging in everyday conversations, technical discussions and being able to share a viewpoint on a topical issue.

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 III in Auslan
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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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 each 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. This course can be completed in 12 months part time.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need very good skills in reading, writing, face to face communication and carrying out and presenting 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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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

    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 IV in Auslan (PSP40818)
    This qualification provides signing skills to communicate in Auslan with a degree of fluency and spontaneity across a wide range of subjects. Communication may take place in any situation including personal, public, social, employment and educational domains. The course also aligns to an adaptation, for sign languages, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), B2- Independent User. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 1 elective unit.

    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
    Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English 60
    Converse in Auslan at a basic user level 370
    Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) 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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Compare other sign languages to Auslan 50
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