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Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Community Use

National Course Code: 10705NAT


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Community Use will take you on a journey of discovery and personal growth. Be part of preserving and rejuvenating Aboriginal languages, as you strengthen Aboriginal culture and identity for current and future generations.


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

  • Recognise and understand local Aboriginal identity
  • Develop advancing listening and speaking skills in Aboriginal language
  • Explore the revival and preservation of Aboriginal languages
  • Read and write routine Aboriginal language texts
  • Use digital technology to support the learning of Aboriginal languages


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An interest in preserving Aboriginal culture, identity and history
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • Strengthened Aboriginal languages for future generations
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Aboriginal land council or national wildlife officer
  • Aboriginal translator or interpreter
  • Aboriginal language educator
  • Cultural tour guide
  • Language tutor


Take your study to the next level with:

  • Certificate III in Education Support


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:

  • An ongoing and innate interest in Aboriginal culture and history
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The drive to further their language skills
  • A sensitivity to the cultural diversities of Aboriginal peoples

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

You will also be assessed on your ability to explore social and economic issues that impact on learning an Aboriginal language.

The Certificate II, is where youll gain all your underpinning experience in Aboriginal language. It provides real world exposure where youll apply what youre learning in simulated environments. Youll learn Aboriginal Languages for social use, and be prepared for the Certificate III.

This course, the Certificate III course expands on your experience gained in the Certificate I and Certificate II. This course focuses on using Aboriginal language in the community and is a natural progression from the prior Certificate I and Certificate II in Aboriginal languages.

It will provide many opportunities for you to move into a variety of fields in education, councils, land management or cultural tour companies. You may choose to pair this qualification with a Certificate III in Education Support. You may also choose to move into higher education pathways such as a Masters of Indigenous Languages Education to finesse your skills.

You may be offered the opportunity to learn language on Country. However, this will be up to your individual language group and Aboriginal Cultural Protocols must be strictly adhered to.

If the opportunity arises, you 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:

  • Participating in spoken exchanges
  • Delivering informal verbal presentations
  • Listening to and understanding Aboriginal texts
  • Reading and writing Aboriginal texts
  • Developing digital literacy skills

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory alongside practical, hands-on learning. You will gain real world insights through projects such as:

  • Formally meeting and greeting people to Country
  • Conversing fluently with people in Aboriginal languages
  • Present projects in Aboriginal language
  • Reading and writing Aboriginal stories and songs
  • Gaining links and connections to your local Aboriginal community

You may attend formal classes on a TAFE NSW campus, however, other opportunities such as learning on Country, travelling away from base or away from your normal residential base may be offered.
You may also choose to attend classes within a negotiated community learning facility. Discuss your options with your local TAFE NSW campus.

There is a distinct lack of qualified and experienced knowledge holders in Aboriginal language. When you complete this course, you will be able to create your own exciting job opportunities in councils, tour companies and conservation groups. Employment opportunities could also be available in educational settings such as pre-schools, primary and secondary schools and local Aboriginal community organisations. While this course is specific in nature, the potential applications are endless.

Aboriginal people and community members are wishing to reclaim, revitalise and reconnect with their traditional languages. This course provides you with the opportunity to pass on vital knowledge for current and future generations and strengthen Aboriginal culture. It also encourages and promotes the use of Aboriginal languages in the wider community.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • On campus, Combination
  • Part Time

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