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Become an expert on the impact of technology on the workplace, with a Certificate III in Emerging Technologies 22589VIC from Victoria University Polytechnic.

As part of your studies, you'll learn how to:

  • solve workplace challenges
  • develop a career plan for technology and digital futures
  • explore evolving technology and its impact on jobs.

You will also have the opportunity to specialise in an emerging stream, such as game design, product design and 3D printing.

Career opportunities

Once you’ve completed the Certificate III in Emerging Technologies 22589VIC, you’ll have the necessary skills and qualifications to pursue a career in the:

  • design of interactive digital media components
  • development of interactive games
  • maintenance and troubleshooting solutions for three-dimensional (3D) printing.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22589VIC Certificate III in Emerging Technologies, a total of fourteen (14) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • a minimum of eight (8) elective units, of which:

A minimum of two full streams are to be selected as follows:

  • Two (2) Emerging Streams

Where the two streams selected contain less than the eight elective units required, the following applies:

  • Select up to two elective units that have been designed for career exploration. These have been drawn from the streams and VU Polytechnic has selected the following units from the list:
  • VU23142 Investigate applications for smart cities technology
  • VU23164 Explore and prepare for 3D printing in industry

Where the full course is not completed, a VET Statement of Attainment will be issued for each unit successfully completed.
VCAA Approved VCE VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS) Program Structure: Please note, this program is subject to VCAA release for delivery in 2024.

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



Emerging Stream - Game Design

Emerging Stream - Design Thinking & Product Design

Speciality Stream - 3D Printing

Speciality Stream - Evolution of Technologies

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU 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 22589VIC III in Emerging Technologies is consistent with AQF Level 3 requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework and enables learners to explore industry career options, prepare for further education and training, or gain employment.

Learners will develop transferrable enterprise and technical skills applicable across a range of industry, business and community contexts. They will:
• select, adapt and apply a range of human enterprise skills across a range of work contexts
• demonstrate technical skills to undertake routine and some non-routine tasks across a range of work contexts
• participate in collaborative teams to produce solutions using current and evolving technology applications
• explore the application of enterprise technologies in varied contexts to inform career and further educational choices.This course provides students with technical skills and knowledge for emerging technology in game design and design thinking and product design.

Vocational Education Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) Vocational Major or the Victoria Pathways Certificate (VPC). Note, this course is subject to approval from VCAA for 2024.

VCE VET programs for VM and VPC students:
are fully recognised within the Units 1 to 4 structure of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE VM) and therefore may contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE VM.
may contribute to the satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE VPC)
function within the National Training Framework.

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 subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • 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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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.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Standard applicants:
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
VETDSS applicants:
The suitability, literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.

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.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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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