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Certificate I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use

National Course Code: 10703NAT


Strengthen your voice, identity and culture with the nationally accredited Certificate I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use. Learn the foundations to reading and writing in your local language and join your community in protecting and promoting traditional languages for generations to come.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Participate in conversations and written text in your local language
  • Develop learning resources
  • Deepen your connection to culture
  • Work to protect and promote Aboriginal languages


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Driven, committed approach to learning
  • Your inquisitive nature
  • Your love of languages


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate I level
  • A deeper understanding of culture and community
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Local Aboriginal land council
  • Cultural tour guide
  • Aboriginal education consultor
  • Language tutor


Take your study to the next level with:

  • Certificate II in Basic Aboriginal Languages for Social Use
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Community Use


This course is currently available at 4 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course have:

  • A connection with Aboriginal culture
  • A desire to connect with culture and country
  • A driven, committed approach to learning
  • An inquisitive nature
  • A love of languages

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned, and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. Your assessors are Aboriginal people who are connected to the language and Country in which they teach.

Assessments include:

Knowledge assessments - Short answer questions on course content.

Skills assessments - Demonstrate your skills through a series of role plays. An example of this could be to introduce yourself using an Aboriginal language.

Portfolio - Produce a portfolio of language resources that are related to the course content. This may include a list of words that you have learnt.

This course, the Certificate I, is your strong foundation for developing skills in reading, speaking and writing an Aboriginal language. You will learn the foundational knowledge and skills to undertake work, further learning and to be more deeply involved with community.

At Certificate II level you will learn routine speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in an Aboriginal language. This qualification is a great basis for further study.

At Certificate III level you will learn a wider range of reading and writing skills in Aboriginal languages. You will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in varied context and undertake skilled work.

At all qualification levels you will learn the protocols relevant to the use of Aboriginal languages.

While it is not compulsory to complete Cert I before moving on to Cert II and III, it is highly recommended due to the complexities of the language and the completion of which will provide a more enriching experience.

Depending on the cultural protocols of the local community, there will be opportunities for you to attend a Connect to Country excursion, go on site tours and meet local community members.

Through active class participation you will develop your communication skills and practice speaking, writing and reading an Aboriginal language.

You will learn to communicate with others and to present a Welcome or Acknowledgement to Country in local Aboriginal language. You will also develop learning resources and a deeper understanding of culture.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities.

In this course you will learn:

  • In classrooms and online
  • On Country
  • In local community organisations

Please speak to the Head Teacher of Aboriginal Languages at your local TAFE NSW campus for more specific cultural information and requirements for this course.

In this course you are at the beginning of your language journey. You can choose to develop your knowledge with further study, or go on to seek employment in local community organisations, health and community services, government agencies and in cultural tourism.

With the government seeking to promote and grow Aboriginal languages across NSW, there will also be opportunities in teaching and training. Get your teaching qualifications and empower Aboriginal People to connect with their history and distinctive voices.

This course meets the community need to engage in the revitalisation and ongoing protection of Aboriginal Languages.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Combination, Virtual classroom on campus, Virtual classroom off campus
  • Part Time
  • Fully Subsidised Course

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