Government-subsidised short courses

Earn a recognised qualification in as little as six months

Upskill in an area of strong jobs growth and earn credit towards further study.

Look towards the future by enrolling in a government-subsidised certificate program, which you can complete within six months. Study towards an exciting new career path, or enhance your skills in your chosen industry.

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Start mid year to benefit

Study in 2021 to receive the subsidy

Get qualified faster

Complete your certificate after just four subjects

Pursue further study

Earn credit towards a diploma or degree

Thanks to the Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates Package, there are more Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) on offer in 2021. This means that when you enrol in certain certificate programs, the government will cover part of your course fees, and you won't have to pay them back.

There couldn't be a better time to start your university studies and work towards a career goal. But to take advantage of this financial incentive, you must begin your course in July 2021.

Ready to consider your options? Explore certificates across health, psychology, business, science, education, architecture and information technology.

Undergraduate Certificates

Want to ease into university?

If you're new to study and don't want to commit to a degree upfront, enrol in an Undergraduate Certificate. You only have to complete four subjects to achieve your qualification. And you'll be eligible to continue into a related diploma or degree.

Enrol without entry requirements or through OUA subjects

Complete a nationally-recognised certificate

Earn credit towards a higher undergrad qualification

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Graduate Certificates

Already have a degree or professional experience?

Take the next step in your career by enrolling in a Graduate Certificate, which can be completed in just four subjects. You should choose this qualification if you'd like to upskill quickly, or if you'd like to gain entry into a related Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree.

Study the most popular postgraduate qualification

Boost your career prospects in just six months

Earn credit towards a higher postgrad qualification

Why study an Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate?

Explore certificates from leading Australian universities across health, psychology, business, science, education, architecture and information technology.

Enrol without entry requirements or through OUA subjects

Choose from flexible full or part-time study options

Study 100% online and enjoy more life balance

Save on the overall cost of your course with government support

Defer any upfront costs with HECS-HELP, if you're eligible

Gain a direct pathway into further study

Meet our students

After starting out as a dental nurse, Melissa is now the manager of a major public health department. Her Graduate Certificate helped her make the transition.

Read Melissa's story

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  • Choosing a course that best suits you
  • Enrolling and planning your studies
  • Understanding your funding options

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