Certificate I in Work Education

Course Name Certificate I in Work Education
Course Code 22302VIC
Course Length 18 months
Nominal Hours 1065
Time/s 9am - 3pm

Course Overview

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This course supports post-compulsory school-age learners with a permanent cognitive impairment/intellectual disability to develop the skills to explore work options and access pathways to further specific vocational education and training. The content and structure of this course focus on supporting learners to improve their employability and work readiness.

Who can participate?

The Certificate I in Work Education is restricted to post compulsory school aged learners with evidence of a permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability.

Entry to this program is therefore restricted to adult learners who can provide evidence of having a permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability. The permissible documents of evidence include:

  • Formal assessment by a registered medical practitioner
  • Doctors/Specialist reports
  • Attendance at specialist school/SDS
  • Integration support at school
  • Integration support at school with modified curriculum
  • A letter from a registered medical practitioner stating the student has a
    permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability

There are no educational entry requirements for this course, however a pre-training interview will be conducted to gain necessary background information on all students to determine this program is appropriate for them. Individuals are assessed for relevant language, literacy and numeracy levels for this program.

Carers are encouraged to attend the sessions.

What resources will be made available to the student?

  • A student handbook and program materials
  • An exercise/communications book
  • A safe supportive learning environment with appropriately resourced training areas, including kitchen
  • Assignment activities, practical assessments and program materials
  • Assessment information and expectations regarding assessment
  • Positive classroom and community-based experiences
  • Appropriately qualified and experienced trainers

Delivery Principles

  • Building on interests, abilities and strengths
  • Focus on practical ‘hands on’ learning
  • Encourage personal development and growth
  • Recognition of student achievement and contributions both formal and informal
  • Enabling students to learn at own pace
  • Learning in different ways according to different learning styles

Topics include:-

  • Individual vocational planning with support
  • Personal management skills for work
  • Participation in vocational activities
  • Participation in practical placement with support
  • Health and safety of self and others
  • Preparation for employment
  • Development of communication skills for the workplace
  • Communication skills


  • Assessments are designed so learners are provided with the appropriate level of support and sufficient time to meet their needs.
  • Assessment methods for competency will include, observation, demonstration
    and participation.
  • Assessment includes activities relevant to the individual students.

What learning support will be provided?

Students will be provided training under close supervision with high levels of
support. SGAE trainers are dedicated to:

  • Providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment;
  • Working collaboratively with people who have an intellectual disability to assess their current language, literacy and numeracy levels;
  • Designing, developing and implementing training plans targeted towards the student’s requirements;
  • Using repetition and reinforcement for learning consolidation;
  • Providing regular opportunities to practice spelling and numeracy;
  • Utilising information and digital technology to enhance all learnings and increase technological competency;
  • Strengthening learning using visual and tactile aids to boost word identification;
  • Using real community and workplace literacy and numeracy situations as
    examples in training sessions and learning resources;
  • Reinforcing life skills learning with scenario examples of everyday
    life circumstances and practical community-based activities;
  • Developing practical evidence based resources to support learnings;
  • Designing a range of assessments to accommodate individual student capabilities and requirements.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this certificate is intended for post compulsory school age learners with evidence of a permanent cognitive impairment / intellectual disability.

Course Length

This course will be conducted over 18 months, 1 day per week from 9am – 3pm excluding school holidays and public holidays.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible individuals.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBWHS201 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
VU21771 Develop an individual vocational plan with support
VU21773 Participate in Vocational Activities
VU21774 Participate in Practical placement with support
VU21664 Prepare for employment
VU21772 Develop personal management skills for work
VU21775 Develop interpersonal communication skills for the workplace

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Name
SITXFSA001 Use hygiene practices for food safety
TLIG1001A Work effectively with others
VU21666 Participate in job seeking activities


Concession Tuition Fee
(Subject to eligibility. Proof of concession required)
$351.45 ($0.33 per nom. hour)
Government Subsidised Tuition Fee
(If eligible for funding)
$1757.25 ($1.65 per nom. hour)
Government Contribution to Training $14,910 ($14 per hour)
Full Tuition Fee
(If not eligible for Govt. subsidy)
Materials Fee
(All participants to pay)
Administration Fee

Education Allowance Supplement for eligible students:

The Australian government’s Education Allowance Supplement goes towards covering the costs of training for eligible students. Students can only receive one (1) Education Allowance Supplement payment at any one time.

Concession rates for Skills First Program eligible students:

The concession rate of 20% of the Standard Tuition fee up to and including
Certificate IV level qualifications, as listed above is applicable to an individual who,
prior to the commencement of training, holds a current and valid concession card:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or Veteran’s Gold Card; or An alternative card or concession eligibility criterion approved by the Minister.
  • Individuals who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (applicable to all levels of qualifications)

These concessions also apply to a dependent spouse or dependent child of a card holder.

Enrolments, Fees & Refunds

All enrolments must be confirmed by payment of fees. Payment plans may also be available. Cancellation fees may apply. Please refer to our Fees & Refund Policy.