Course Info

Certificate II in Auslan

National Course Code: PSP20218


The nationally accredited Certificate II in Auslan will help you communicate with deaf family, friends or community members. You will learn basic signing skills and the cultural values of the Deaf community from teachers who are actively part of the Deaf community.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions
  • Talk about personal and family information, shopping and employment
  • Communicate simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar and routine matters
  • Provide a simple description of your background, immediate environment and matters of immediate need


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Good communication skills
  • A patient and flexible nature
  • A supportive and caring attitude
  • The ability to adapt to new situations


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Auslan teacher


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Auslan
  • Certificate IV in Auslan
  • Diploma of Auslan

Once you have a Diploma of Auslan, you can then train as a professional interpreter by completing the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Interpreting
  • Advanced Diploma of Interpreting


This course is currently available at 5 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course are:

  • Patient, flexible and understanding
  • Supportive and caring
  • Good at communicating with others

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, the types of assessments you will complete include:

  • Written assessments such as understanding recorded texts, understanding live texts and research projects
  • Practical assessments such as producing and delivering Auslan text and participating in Auslan exchanges

Depending on your location, you may need to attend class on specific days to complete some of the Auslan assessments.

The Certificate II in Auslan is a beginners course designed to help you learn to communicate the basics in Auslan. Work on gaining confidence in the language and your delivery. It will set you up for success in the next qualification, the Certificate III in Auslan.

The Certificate III in Auslan takes everything you have learnt in the Certificate II and develops your comprehension and participation skills further. It will teach you tools you can use for different conversations and provides study pathways that will help you reach your career goals.

The Certificate IV in Auslan is practiced with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, across a large range of subjects. It involves abstract and concrete notions, and can be completed before enrolling in the Diploma of Auslan.

This introductory course does not offer excursions, however you will gain hands-on Auslan experience in the classroom.

You will gain hands-on skills to use at home and in your community, such as:

  • Signing in familiar and routine subjects such as introductions and basic personal information
  • Communicating in casual conversations such as weather, sport and travel
  • Communicating in formal conversations
  • Using Auslan to converse in matters regarding employment and education

You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Using Auslan to communicate about routine matters

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 - to enhance your learning and employability.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor

Whether it is in educational settings, at medical consultations, for employment, legal consultations or at events, the demand for capable Auslan communicators continues to grow.
The Certificate II in Auslan is a stepping stone toward becoming an interpreter. Our course provides you with the social, intellectual and physical skills you need to begin your career in this field.

The Certificate II in Auslan gives you a foundation of knowledge in Auslan, and prepares you for future success by teaching you the basic language of the Australian Deaf community, as well as the values and culture that go hand in hand with signing. You will learn appropriate social communication skills, and you will be able to respond to a variety of familiar and routine subjects.

The need for people who can communicate in Auslan is growing, as diverse industries in education, aged care, and disability support continue to flourish, and seek ways to ensure services are accessible to the deaf community. Our course equips you with the skills to meet these demands, and gain meaningful employment.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • On campus
  • Full Time, Part Time
  • Fully Subsidised Course
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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Kingscliff: Full Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 19 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Maitland: Part Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 19 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Meadowbank: Part Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 19 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 1 year

Moss Vale: Part Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 23 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Wyong: Part Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 20 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 38 weeks

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