Key Information

There are no occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements applicable to this qualification at the time of publication on the National Register.

 

Interested candidates must have completed, or have Auslan skills equivalent to, PSP51018 – Diploma of Auslan. If you have not completed formal study to this level but can demonstrate skills equivalence, you can still apply.

 

As a result, DC requires all candidates to complete the following in order to be offered a place in the course:

  • Pre-screening: Both Deaf and hearing candidates will be assessed for basic Auslan receptive and production skills, English skills, as well as ‘About you’ questions.
    • For the October 2024 intake, Pre-screening is carried out throughout March 2024.
    • Students who completed all assessment tasks in the 2023 Auslan-English Interpreting Bridging Course (AEIBC) are not required to pre-screen.
  • Admissions Testing: Both Deaf and hearing candidates will undergo an Auslan Interview and an Auslan shadowing test. Hearing candidates must also complete a live English presentation and Deaf candidates must complete two short translations – one from English to Auslan and the other one from Auslan to English.
    • For the October 2024 intake, this test is carried out in April and May 2024 (more details below).

 

Candidates who are successful at the Admissions Testing and who are offered a place in this course but choose not to enrol will be subject the complete the entry requirements again if they wish to re-apply for the course in the future.

 

Candidates who are unsuccessful at the Admissions Testing may be offered a place in a Bridging Course.

 

You can find more information in our Enrolment Policy or in our Student Handbook.

Pre-screening for the 2024 Diploma of Interpreting has now closed:

  • Hearing applicants: registrations are closed.

Fees: each hearing applicant will be required to pay a $25 testing fee at the point of registration in order to undertake the Pre-screening.

Hearing candidates who are successful in the Pre-screening will be privately invited to attend the Admissions Testing and will be emailed a registration link.

  • Deaf applicants: registrations are closed.

There is no testing fee for Deaf applicants to undertake the Pre-screening.

Deaf candidates who are successful in the Pre-screening will be privately invited to attend the Admissions Testing and will be emailed a registration link.

Admissions Testing for the 2024 Diploma of Interpreting has now closed

  • Hearing candidates – in-person testing: testing is completed.
    • Brisbane,
    • Sydney,
    • Perth.
  • Hearing candidates – online testing: testing is completed.

Fees: each candidate will be required to pay a $25 testing fee at the point of registration in order to undertake the Admissions Testing.

  • Deaf candidates – online testing: testing is completed.

There is no testing fee for Deaf candidates to undertake the Admissions Testing.

PSP50922 – Diploma of Interpreting is made up of 12 units that you will need to successfully complete in order to attain your Diploma.

Core units:

  • PSPTIS102 – Apply codes and standards to ethical practice
  • PSPTIS104 – Prepare to translate or interpret
  • PSPTIS112 – Interpret in general dialogue settings
  • PSPTIS114 – Manage interactions in general settings
  • PSPTIS115 – Use routine subject area terminology in two languages

 

Group A: Auslan Specialisation – applicable to both Diploma of Interpreting (Hearing) and Diploma of Interpreting (Deaf)

  • PSPTIS113 – Interpret om general monologue settings
  • PSPTIS116 – Demonstrate routine language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts
  • PSPTIS117 – Use routine education terminology in two languages
  • PSPTIS141 – Interpret as part of a team

 

Group C: General Electives – applicable to both Diploma of Interpreting (Hearing) and Diploma of Interpreting (Deaf)

  • PSPTIS103 – Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments
  • PSPTIS135 – Sight translate

 

Group C: General Elective – only applicable to Diploma of Interpreting (Hearing)

  • PSPTIS118 – Use routine health terminology in two languages

 

Group C: General Elective – only applicable to Diploma of Interpreting (Deaf)

  • PSPTIS107 – Translate general purpose texts from English to LOTE

 

More information about this qualification and its units can be found on training.gov.au.

Study Option

All classes will experience delivery of the course across a range of teaching and learning methods:

  • Online classes – on Zoom with a trainer,
  • In-person classes – on site with a trainer,
  • Asynchronous learning – independent and peer-to-peer learning on our Moodle learning platform with online support from trainers.

All sessions with a trainer (online or in-person) are timetabled in your Course Guide.
However, outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 10 hours per week for individual study, online learning, revision and processing of information from class activities, research and preparation for assessments, and community contact.

 

Face-to-face Workshops

In addition to this, students will be required to physically attend four (4) weekend workshops throughout the duration of the course.
Students enrolled in a blended class will be expected to fly to the nearest venue to attend those workshops.
The address for the workshops will be communicated in due course.

 

Duration

15 months – 45 weeks (including four (4) face-to-face weekend workshops):

  • Term 1 – 9 weeks (3 hours per week – all classes will be online for all students in Term 1),
  • Term 2 – 9 weeks (5 hours per week),
  • Term 3 – 9 weeks (5 hours per week),
  • Term 4 – 9 weeks (5 hours per week),
  • Term 5 – 9 weeks (5 hours per week).

Government funding is available in certain states for students who meet specific eligibility criteria.

 

Australian Capital Territory

  • Funding: Subsidised training may be available for PSP50922 – Diploma of Interpreting in 2024 under Skilled Capital*. Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments. However, funding arrangements are currently under review and the Fee For Service rate for this qualification will apply in 2024 until the subsidies are confirmed.
  • Subsidised fee for 2023: Fee For Service rate applies.
  • Subsidised fee for 2024: 
    • $2,425 (non-concessional fee) for eligible students, or
    • $890 (concessional fee) for eligible students.
  • Eligibility: You can check your eligibility by using the Skilled Capital Eligibility Calculator locate on the Skills Canberra home page.

*Note: If the subsidies are confirmed, there will only be a limited number of places available for subsidised training under Skilled Capital in 2024. Subsidised places will be offered to students who submit their complete Enrolment Form on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the number of subsidised places is exhausted, the Fee For Service rate will apply.

 

New South Wales

  • Funding: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
  • Subsidised fee for 2023*: $2,680 for eligible students.
  • Subsidised fee for 2024*: $2,680 for eligible students.
  • Eligibility: You can check your eligibility here.

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

 

Queensland

  • Funding: This training is traditionally subsidised by the Queensland Government under the Higher Level Skills program. However, funding arrangements are currently under review and the Fee For Service rate for this qualification will apply in 2024 until the subsidies are confirmed.
  • Subsidised fee for 2023:
    • $2,832 (non-concessional co-contribution fee) for eligible students, or
    • $1,416 (concessional co-contribution fee) for eligible students.
  • Subsidised fee for 2024:
    • $2,940 (non-concessional co-contribution fee) for eligible students, or
    • $1,470 (concessional co-contribution fee) for eligible students.
  • Eligibility: You can check your eligibility here*.

For a breakdown of the fees at a unit of competency level, see the Program Factsheet relevant to your course of choice. DC will send you a first invoice upon enrolment for the unit(s) of competency being delivered during the course.

*Note: Under the Queensland VET Investment Program Priority Skills List, DC has an exemption for this course that allows students who hold a certificate IV or higher level qualification to still be considered for funding eligibility, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.

 

South Australia

  • Funding: This training is supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.
  • Subsidised fee for 2023:
    • $2,332 (non-concessional) for eligible students, or
    • $1,166 (concessional) for eligible students.
  • Subsidised fee for 2024:
    • $2,425 (non-concessional) for eligible students, or
    • $890 (concessional) for eligible students.
  • Eligibility: You can check your eligibility here*.

*Note: The minimum age for students to enrol in South Australia is 18 years of age.

 

Western Australia

  • Funding: This training is publicly funded by the Government of Western Australia (Department of Training and Workforce Development) under the Priority Industry Training programs.
  • Subsidised fee for 2023*: $3,242.40 (student tuition fee) for eligible students.
  • Subsidised fee for 2024*:
    • Diploma of Interpreting (Hearing): $3,126.60 (student tuition fee) for eligible students.
    • Diploma of Interpreting (Deaf): $3,271.35 (student tuition fee) for eligible students.
  • Eligibility: You must meet the following eligibility criteria to access publicly funded training:
      • Priority Industry Training: be working 20 hours or more a week with a single or multiple employer.

    For more information, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

For a breakdown of the fees at a unit of competency level, see the Program Factsheet relevant to your course of choice. DC will send you an invoice at the commencement of each unit of competency.

*Note: The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as resource fees and other fees.

 

Other States / Fee For Service

  • $6,640.
  • DC does not provide subsidised training for students from other states. If you are from another state or territory and wish to enrol, you will need to pay the full fee of the course.
  • If you are from one of the above-listed states but are not eligible for funding and wish to enrol, you will also need to pay the full fee of the course.

 

Use of NDIS funds

If there are fees associated with your course and you have a current NDIS plan, you can use the funds in your package under the following conditions:

  • You must be either self-managed or plan managed, or
  • If you are NDIA managed, you must provide pre-approval from your LAC that DC can claim the fees before your course starts.

 

You can find more information in our Fees and Refunds Policy or in our Student Handbook.

 

Certification documentation will not be issued until all fees have been paid.

For detailed information about this course, you can access the Course Guide appropriate to your course (based on its commencement) below:

 

The Student Handbook contains information about DC’s obligations towards our students, information about students’ rights and obligations towards DC, as well as links to the relevant policies.

 

You are required to read and understand our Student Handbook prior to enrolling into this course.

Course offerings for 2024 (October) are currently being determined.

 

The below is the list of DC’s course offerings for S2, 2023 and S1, 2024 and their associated Program Factsheet.

Students considering enrolling in a course must read and are strongly encouraged to download the Program Factsheet relevant to their course of choice.

 

Students in NSW (classroom-based)

Students in NT (blended)

Students in QLD (classroom-based)

Students in WA (classroom-based and online)

Online Students (blended)

For candidates who are offered a place in the Auslan-English Interpreting Bridging Course, please visit this page.

Funding Eligibility Evidence

In order for DC to assess your funding eligibility, you will need to provide some evidence along with your Enrolment Form.

 

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
  • Electricity, gas or telephone account issued the last six (6) months.

 

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.

 

Note (students in ACT and NSW):
The documents you provide must be a copy of the original which has been sighted and signed by an Approved Witness within the last twelve (12) months. For a list of Approved Witnesses, please visit the Attorney-General’s Department page.
Note (students in NSW):
As part of the enrolment process, you will also need to submit a completed Consent to use and disclosure of personal information form. You can download and complete this form in advance, so you have it ready to be uploaded with your online Enrolment Form.
Note (students in SA):
As part of the enrolment process, you will also need to submit a completed Agreement Form – Collection and Use of Personal Information form. You can download and complete this form in advance, so you have it ready to be uploaded with your online Enrolment Form.

 

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, Deaf Connect (DC) can be prevented from issuing you with a nationally recognised VET qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER. If you have not yet obtained a USI you can apply for it directly at https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi/ on computer or mobile device.
You may already have a USI if you have done any nationally recognised training. It is important that you try to find out whether you already have a USI before attempting to create a new one. You should not have more than one USI. To check if you already have a USI, use the ‘Forgotten USI’ link on the USI website at https://www.usi.gov.au/faqs/i-have-forgotten-my-usi/.

 

Course Confirmation

Courses will only be confirmed once minimum enrolment numbers have been reached. Students will receive a confirmation email confirming that their course is going ahead, which they should wait for before committing to any affiliated expenses like childcare.

You need to have access to the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with good quality reliable internet connection (tablets and hand-held devices are not sufficient)
  • Filming device (webcam, handheld camera or smartphone)
  • Word processing and presentation software(s) to make presentations or complete your assessments (Microsoft Word or Google Docs and Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides)
  • PDF reader (download PDF reader for free)
  • Access to Zoom
  • Access to Moodle – instructions will be provided prior to the commencement of the course
  • Access to printer and scanner – If you are not familiar with document editing
  • Pen and notepad

 

Note:
Our Learning Management System (Moodle) is not easily accessible from smart phones or tablets and is best accessed on a laptop or desktop computer. Due to the way our courses are structured, the Moodle App for either Apple or Android is NOT SUITABLE for studying DC courses. You are at risk of not seeing all learning materials in full when attempting to access them via a mobile phone or tablet.

 

For classroom-based courses, laptops are preferred rather than phones or tablets and you may need to hotspot from your phone. For blended courses, you MUST use a laptop or desktop computer and your screen must be of adequate size (about 22”) in order for you to clearly see your trainer and classmates. We recommend you use two monitors: one for the PowerPoint and one for your Zoom class.

DC may make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with disability, where possible. The adjustment made will be determined on a case-by-case basis after assessment of the individual need(s) of the student.

 

You can find more information in our Support Services Policy or in our Student Handbook.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to apply for the NAATI Certification Recognition, which is a prerequisite for most employers in the industry:

  • Hearing graduates will be able to apply for the NAATI Certification Test (Certified Provisional Interpreter),
  • Deaf graduates will be able to apply for the NAATI Certification Test (Certified Provision Deaf Interpreter) and may apply for NAATI Recognised Practicing Translator (English to Auslan).

 

Your enrolment in the course does not guarantee that you will successfully complete or that you will obtain a particular employment outcome where it is outside of DC’s control.

 

Students must have successfully completed all units in order to be issued with an AQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] certification documentation for PSP50922 – Diploma of Interpreting.

Email is the primary means by which we will contact you about your course, e.g. to confirm a course once minimum enrolment numbers are achieved, or cancel if we do not receive enough enrolments.

 

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly at the time of enrolment.
Please also monitor your Junk folder for emails from Deaf Connect. If you do not receive an email about your course by at least the day before the scheduled start date, please contact us.

UPCOMING COURSES

The next Diploma of Interpreting will commence in October 2024.

Applications for our 2024 intake have now closed. The next intake will open in 2025.

Program Factsheets for the previous intake are still available to view under the Offerings and Program Factsheets tab.

Please note:

We may NOT be able to guarantee continuity of delivery after this qualification. This means that:

  • whilst you MAY be able to enrol in a face-to-face class close to where you live for this qualification, a similar offering may NOT be available for the next qualification.
  • if you choose to defer your enrolment from a course, a similar offering may NOT be available next year and your deferral will be at risk of expiry.

For blended offerings:

Please make note of the time zone of the class you choose to enrol in. The time zone is identified in brackets at the end of each course offering’s description. You can use the below table to work out the time of your course based on your state.

 

 

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