Course Details – Certificate III in Auslan


PSP30218 Certificate III in Auslan provides signing skills to communicate in Auslan with some confidence on familiar, routine and some non-routine matters. Communication may take place in any situation including personal, public, social, employment and educational domains.

The course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to:

  • understand the main points when clear, standard language (which for sign language users may be a locally used variation) is used and the topics are familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most situations likely to arise where the sign language is used
  • produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest
  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Choose from either our online, live course options, or as face-to-face study in a classroom environment. 

Option 1: Face-to-face classes & online study
Option 2: Live online Zoom classes & online study

Face to face and live online sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide (see below), however outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 20 hours of online learning, home study and community contact per week.

Students will attend an Auslan Only Weekend (AOW) which will be attended by members of the Deaf Community. Please note that if you choose the online study option, you will be expected to attend the AOW face to face. 

This course is suitable for any student who has completed Certificate II in Auslan or equivalent wanting to continue their Auslan study. 
If you are a past student of the Deaf Society or interested in transferring to a Deaf Society course, please enrol online. Contact if you require further information.

The Deaf Society will deliver PSP30218 Certificate III in Auslan as units of competency – there are a total of three units you will need to complete in order to attain your Certificate.

CodeNameDelivery Mode
PSPLAN004Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar)Option 1: Face-to-face classes & online study
Option 2: Live online Zoom classes & online study
PSPLAN005Compare the fundamental
Analyse the structure of Auslan signs
Option 1: Face-to-face classes & online study
Option 2: Live online Zoom classes & online study
PSPLAN006Research the development of educational and social conditions of Australian Deaf CommunitiesOnline Study

This course is 19 weeks long.

For detailed information about this course, you can access the Course Guide here.

The Student Handbook contains information about ATE’s obligations towards our students, information about students’ rights and obligations towards ATE, as well as links to the relevant policies. 
Students should read the Student Handbook prior to enrolling into an accredited course. You can access the Student Handbook here.

New South Wales

From $150.00.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To check your eligibility, visit the Smart and Skilled Page

Australian Capital Teritory

From $600.00.

To check your eligibility, visit Skilled Capital.

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.


South Australia

From $300.00.

Eligibility criteria apply, visit for eligibility criteria. Supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.

Enrolment applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to 


Successful applications will be placed in classes in the order they are received. Partial or incomplete applications will not be accepted. If your application is accepted, you must be available to complete the online orientation. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 1800 893 855. 

For NSW and ACT students, please note: The documents you provide must be a copy of the original which has been sighted and signed by an Approved Witness within the last 3 months. For a list of approved witnesses see here.

Proof of ID in the form of one of the following:

  • Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
  • Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Green Medicare card
  • Naturalisation Certificate
  • Humanitarian VISA
  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (Permanent Resident)

Proof of residency or employment in the form of one of the following:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Health Care card or Pension card
  • Proof of Age card
  • Letter or email form employer to show the street address where you are working
  • Utilities account relating to your address within the last 3 months of rental document.

If relevant, proof of disability in the form of one of the following:

  • Disability Support Pension card
  • Letter form a medical practitioner
  • Letter from appropriate government agency
  • Letter from TAFE NSW Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability
  • Letter from special education coordinator
  • Letter from specialised allied health professional

All our face to face classes are held in venues with COVID safe plans. We will keep you safe by ensuring you are seated 1.5 meters apart from other students. No pens or other materials are to be shared. You will be asked to sign in and your temperature will be taken.

We want to ensure everyone continues to stay COVID safe while studying Auslan in our face-to-face classes. Click on the guide to stay COVID safe:

Upcoming Courses