If you’re looking for a qualification to help you get the job that you want, but don’t want to go uni, then a Certificate II could be a good option.
What is a Certificate II qualification?
A Certificate II is a non-tertiary qualification that is available in a wide range of subjects from educational providers across Australia. It is designed to provide learners with skills and experience to advance their careers or to prepare them for higher, tertiary education.
If you’re looking for a boost in your career, or would like to study at undergraduate level, but are worried that you won’t meet the entry requirements, then read on and see if a Certificate II is the right qualification for you.
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Who provides a Certificate II Certification?
Certificate II qualifications are available from a range of online and campus based institutes. They’re common amongst TAFE providers and community education centres, but you’ll also find a lot of them available entirely online. In fact, if you’re looking for a Certificate II qualification and you prefer to study online in your own time and at your own pace then be sure to check out our full course reviews. We’ve previewed some of the best courses available online, organised by subject.
What are the expenses for a Certificate II?
A Certificate II qualification will usually cost between $1,000 and $1,500 to complete. This can be paid in instalments to make the cost more bearable and there is often in-state financial assistance available for potential students. The Smart and Skilled Government Assistance program, for example, is designed to help young residents of New South Wales gain and develop the skills they will need to make it in the modern workforce.
On which subjects are the a Certificate II provided?
Certificate II qualifications are available in a wide variety of subjects. They are most common in work related, or non-academic fields, but this is not exclusive. You’ll find plenty of information about Certificate II qualifications by searching online, or by contacting your nearest TAFE institute. And if you want to study online, then be sure to browse through our full subject guides, which have plenty of information on what levels of study are available in your field, and where you can find them.Back to top
Who are eligible for Certificate II study?
Certificate II qualifications are designed for people who have not yet completed a higher course of study, such as a Bachelor’s degree, and as such the entry requirements are manageable for most people. There are occasionally no entry requirements for courses, though sometimes you will have to have completed high school and show some evidence of your academic history, such as a transcript. It may also help if you have work or voluntary experience in your field, particularly if your course is in a practical field such as early child care or animal care.Back to top
What is the duration?
Certificate II qualifications typically take around 12 months to complete, though can occasionally be quite flexible, and if you find that you need more time, or if you plan to work alongside your studies, you should find your provider sympathetic to your request.Back to top
What are the career opportunities?
Certificate II is a fairly low level qualification, obviously it comes before Certificate II and Certificate IV on the qualifications framework. While this does mean that it might not be as useful in your career as higher forms of qualification, it absolutely does not mean that it is not worth taking.
In fact, depending on your field, a Certificate II will help you to gain entry level positions or progress in your current job. It can also be useful for further your education career, if you wanted to gain entry to a University Certificate or even entry to a Bachelor’s degree you should find that a Certificate II will help you on your way.