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Certificate II in Basic Aboriginal Languages for Social Use

National Course Code: 10704NAT


The nationally accredited Certificate II of Basic Aboriginal Languages for Social Use will immerse you in Aboriginal culture and give you the tools to communicate in Aboriginal Language.
Go on to work in council or as a tutor using the skills you learn in this rare and powerful course.


Through theory and practise, you will learn to:

  • Recognise and understand local Aboriginal identity
  • Link language to identity
  • Develop basic listening and speaking in Aboriginal Language
  • Read and write basic words in Aboriginal Language
  • Produce basic learning resources
  • Discuss sensitive issues


Develop important life skills such as:

  • How to collaborate with a variety of people
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to respond in social and cultural settings


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career outcomes and job roles

  • Cultural tour guide
  • Aboriginal education consultant
  • Language tutor
  • Local Aboriginal land council employee


Further your Aboriginal language knowledge with the following nationally accredited course:

  • Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Community Use


Aboriginal Language specialists are currently in demand. There is a vast lack of suitably qualified Aboriginal language learners and teachers. The Certificate II in Basic Aboriginal Languages for Social Use has been identified as an area of skills shortage by the NSW government.

Our course offers you insightful cultural knowledge and understanding, so that you can meet the needs of your local Indigenous community.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course have:

  • A keen interest in Aboriginal culture and history
  • Great communication skills
  • An inquisitive and insightful nature
  • The drive to learn a new language

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments which include short answer questions, true or false questions and research projects
  • Practical assessments which include planning a project and creating learning resources

Students will also be assessed on their ability to explore social and economic issues that impact upon learning an Aboriginal Language.

The Certificate I is a basic entry qualification that provides no exposure to simulated or real world. It does cover your foundational skills in learning Aboriginal Language for Personal Use, and prepares you for the Certificate II.

This course, the Certificate II, is where youll gain all your underpinning experience in plant skills. It provides real world exposure where youll apply what you're learning in simulated environments. Youll learn Aboriginal Languages for social use, and be prepared for the Certificate III.

The Certificate III course expands on your experience gained in the Certificate I and Certificate II. This course focuses on using Aboriginal Language in community.

Work experience provides you with exposure to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

You may be offered the opportunity to learn language on Country. This will be up to your individual language groups as Aboriginal Cultural Protocols must be strictly followed.

If the opportunity arises, students will gain invaluable learning experiences that are unique to individual Country. Learning on Country puts Aboriginal Languages into context and adds value to its meaning.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Efficiently communicating with a variety of people
  • Creating resources for a class
  • Walking Country
  • Naming plants and animals
  • Basic greetings

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory accompanied/in conjunction with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Formally meeting and greeting people to Country
  • Conversing with people in Aboriginal languages
  • Following cultural practices in a variety of situations

Students may attend formal classes within a structured class on a TAFE NSW campus however other opportunities such as learning on Country, and travelling away for base or away from the students normal residential base may be offered.

Students may choose to attend classes within a negotiated community learning facility. It is up to the individual campus and the delivery team.

The Indigenous Language offers distinctive occupational outcomes, as there is a lack of qualified and experienced Aboriginal people and knowledge holders. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to create exciting job opportunities in councils, tour companies, education facilities and conservation groups.

Aboriginal people and community members are wishing to reclaim, revitalise and reconnect with their traditional language. This course provides you with the opportunity for reconciliation through re-engagement. Our course will open up doors to meaningful work with specialised Indigenous employment opportunities.

TAFE NSW has an opportunity to take the lead and continue to offer these courses to engage Aboriginal community members and our non-indigenous partners.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • PTE Connected
  • Fully Subsidised Course

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