PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan is designed for individuals who have already achieved a broad range of Auslan skills and are now progressing towards the achievement of additional skills to converse as independent Auslan users. It is consistent with the Certificate IV level of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The course is designed to;

  1. Develop the knowledge and skills required to communicate in Auslan with a degree of fluency and spontaneity across a wide range of complex subjects and contexts including personal, social, employment and educational.
  2. Develop the knowledge and skills required to identify the major structural differences in Auslan and English clauses and sentences, to contrast the use of timelines and tense and understand the features and use of role shift (constructed action). 
  3. Develop the knowledge and skills to interact with Deafblind people using Deafblind protocols and to use tactile or visual frame Auslan for basic conversations.
  4. Develop knowledge about deafblindness and the main types of manual communication used by Deafblind people.


Classes are offered in a blended model of teaching with a combination of face to face and online learning, home study and community contact. Face to face sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide, however outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 19 hours of online learning, home study and community contact per week.

Students will attend Auslan Only Weekends and other events aimed at Certificate IV level. These events will be attended by members of the Deaf community and you will be required to turn “off” your voice.


This course is suitable for any student who has completed Certificate III in Auslan or equivalent wanting to continue their Auslan study.


From 1 January 2019, a new Auslan training package came into effect. This means that the accredited Auslan courses completed pre-1 January 2019 are no longer current and students that are continuing study must complete a recognised prior learning (RPL) process.

In order to qualify for RPL and to enrol to PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan, students must supply completed transcripts for 22077VIC Certificate III and 22075VIC Certificate II in Auslan. The RPL process consists of an additional 2 assessment tasks to meet criteria not assessed as part of the expired qualifications. If the prior qualification was acquired in 2017 or earlier, the applicant will need to complete an Auslan assessment to determine current competency in Auslan. Following this, the applicant will be advised of the appropriate qualification entry point.

For more information on the implementation requirements for RTOs please see the ‘Companion Implementation Guide’ at: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PSP51018.


The Deaf Society will deliver PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan as units of competency – there are a total of three units you will need to complete in order to attain your Certificate.



Delivery Mode


Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions)

Face to Face Classroom 


Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English

Face to Face Classroom 
& Online Study


Communicate with Deafblind people

Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study

Enrolment information for Semester 1 2020


Refer to the Course Guide for timetabling


18 weeks


2020 Course Guide


NSW – from $890 This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To check your eligibility, visit the Smart and Skilled Page.

Depending on your previous qualifications and personal circumstances your fee may be different to the fee shown above.

ACT – from $950. Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.

SA – From $1,347.50Eligibility criteria apply, Visit www.skills.sa.gov.au for eligibility criteria. Supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia



Please note, enrolment applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to studentsupport@deafsociety.com. See below ‘Enrolment Documentation’ for more information.

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 will be invoiced the $80 administration fee and you must be available to complete the online orientation, which opens at 9am Tuesday 28th January and closes on Thursday 9pm 30th January 2020.

Applications 13 January 2020.


For the best chance of securing a position, we recommend you have the following documentation prepared;

A current Proof of ID signed by a Justice of the Peace 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 signed by a Justice of the Peace 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 signed by a Justice of the Peace 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

You should have copies of any relevant transcripts signed by a Justice of the Peace and have your USI number ready, if you don’t have a USI you can create one here.

Finally, before committing to one of our courses, please read the Student Handbook which outlines our policies, procedures and your responsibilities as a student.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at studentsupport@deafsociety.com or 1800 893 855.



Delivery Mode

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Sydney Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Parramatta, 2 Evenings a week PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Parramatta Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Newcastle Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Wollongong Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Canberra Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study
Adelaide Weekend Blocks PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan Face to Face Classroom
& Online Study



 ** All current students undertaking qualifications will be notified through email of their next level course enrolments opening and do not need to submit an expression of interest.