3 months full time
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Develop foundation skills and knowledge to improve your employability and work readiness, and re-engage with learning.

The Certificate I in Employment Pathways will equip you with core employability skills, including essential skills in teamwork, communication, problem-solving and self-management.

You'll also gain knowledge of initiative and enterprise, planning and organisation, and learning and technology.

This training will give you an understanding of workplace expectations. You'll be supported to develop skills in:

  • developing personal effectiveness
  • communicating in the workplace
  • preparing for employment
  • developing an action plan for career planning
  • contributing to the health and safety of others
  • participating in job seeking activities
  • participating in practical placement with support.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

As part of Victoria University, Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.

Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide. Our students feel fortunate to learn in a setting that has such a rich representation of cultures.

VU also works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.


This foundation qualification will help you learn about workplace expectations and practices.

You'll develop confidence in applying for jobs in your area of interest.


Course structure

To be awarded the 22280VIC Certificate I in Employment Pathways, a student must successfully complete a total of seven (7) units of competency, comprising of:

  • three (3) core units, and;
  • four (4) elective units, of which:
  • one (1) OHS/WHS stream unit must be selected from units listed in the OHS/WHS stream list in the 22280VIC Certificate I in Employment Pathways qualification or from units first packaged in Certificate I or II qualifications in endorsed training packages or other accredited curricula.  The unit selected must relate to OHS/WHS requirements in the workplace, and;
  • three (3) elective units which may be selected from the suggested electives in the 22280VIC Certificate I in Employment Pathways qualification, or units first packaged in Certificate I or II qualifications in endorsed training packages or other accredited curricula.



WHS/OHS Stream


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

The Certificate I in Employment Pathways is consistent with the criteria and specifications of the AQF Level I as outlined in the Australian Qualification Framework Second Edition January 2013, as follows:

Graduates at this level will have foundational knowledge for everyday life, further learning and preparation for initial work through knowledge of:

  • OHS / WHS procedures and signs;
  • sources of information on a range of industries;
  • sources of information for employment opportunities;
  • strategies for setting work related goals, and;
  • education/training requirements for specific jobs.

Graduates at this level will have foundational cognitive, technical and communication skills to:

  • follow and apply OHS / WHS and emergency procedures in specific industries;
  • identify own self development needs and strategies to improve personal effectiveness;
  • identify own skills and match to job opportunities, and;
  • identify processes and stages to develop basic career action plan.

Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate some autonomy in highly structured and stable contexts and within narrow parameters through:

  • collecting and organising information to develop a portfolio to document skill;
  • accessing and using employment and workplace information;
  • compiling a skills portfolio and simple resumé, and;
  • using digital technology to access information about selected industries and employment opportunities.

The volume of learning for this qualification is typically between 0.5 and 1 year and incorporates structured and unstructured learning activities such as:

  • structured activities to develop work preparation skills such as developing and monitoring a basic career action plan, and;
  • unstructured activities such as accessing and collecting information about different employment areas and work opportunities.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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