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Certificate III in Auslan

National Course Code: PSP30218


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Auslan develops your understanding of the language, values and culture of the Australian Deaf community. Communicate with deaf family, friends and community members and work towards becoming an interpreter with this immersive course.


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

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions
  • Talk about personal and family information encountered in work, school and leisure situations
  • Communicate simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar topics, or topics of personal interest
  • Describe experiences and events, hopes, dreams and ambitions
  • Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Patient and flexible nature
  • Supportive and caring attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to adapt to new situations


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Auslan teacher


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Auslan
  • Diploma of Auslan

Become an official Auslan interpreter by completing the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Interpreting
  • Advanced Diploma of Interpreting


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

Course details

This course is designed for those who have a need to communicate with deaf family, friends, or community members.

People who are successful in this course are:

  • Patient, flexible and understanding
  • Committed to learning the language
  • Able to interchange skills to different situations
  • 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 course does not offer excursions, however you will gain hands-on experience in the classroom.

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

  • Signing in detail in familiar and routine matters such as introductions, and basic personal information
  • Communicating in casual conversations such as directions, cooking, verbs and social events
  • Communicating in formal conversations
  • Using Auslan to converse in matters regarding employment and education

You will use role play activities within the classroom to practice your Auslan in everyday situations, to gain context and to develop your skills.

You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Using Auslan to communicate about routine and non-routine matters such as introductions, asking for directions

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 III 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 III in Auslan builds on your base knowledge of Auslan, and prepares you for future success by developing your understanding of the language of the Australian Deaf community, as well as the values and culture that go hand in hand with signing. It will increase your social communication skills, and you will be able to respond to a variety of planned and unplanned situations.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • On campus, Combination
  • Part Time, Variable
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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Dubbo: Variable, Combination

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 22 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Meadowbank: Part Time, On campus

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

Wyong: Part Time, On campus

  • Fee Free if Eligible for JobTrainer
  • Start Date: 18 Jul 2022
  • Duration: 36 weeks

Moss Vale: Part Time, On campus

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

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