Looking for a qualification and not sure which one to take?
If you’re not ready to commit to a Bachelor’s degree, or looking to top up your skill set, then why not have a look at a Certificate IV qualification. Read more below.
What is Certificate IV?
A Certificate IV is an entry level, post school qualification that aims to provide basic skills and knowledge in your chosen field. A Certificate IV is roughly the equivalent of the first six to 12 months of studying for an undergraduate degree at university. It is the final section of the Certificate I-IV group of qualifications, though doesn’t require any of the earlier qualifications to enter or complete.
It is great for people looking to gain skills and experience in their chosen field, who don’t want to commit to long periods of study or those who want to find a bridge between high school and university.
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Who provides this certification?
Certificate IV qualifications are offered by many educational providers, most commonly TAFE, community education centres and private education institutions. If you’re looking for a Certificate IV qualification and want to study online, then make sure you look through our full online course guides. They’re separated into specific fields and provide you with all of the information that you’ll need to choose your level of course and provider.
What are the expenses?
A Certificate IV course is a fairly inexpensive way of getting an education, the course should cost somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000, though will vary depending on your course, provider and duration of study. When you find the course you are interested in studying, contact the admissions department of your chosen provider for a full idea of funding and to get exact figures. It’s also worth asking if there is any funding support available for people on your course, such as scholarships or bursaries, while it isn’t common for this type of qualification as it is further up the qualifications framework, you still may find something to help you out along the way.
On which subjects is the Certificate IV Certification provided?
If you’re looking for a Certificate IV qualification you’ll find it in a wide range of fields and subjects, a lot of them tend towards the more vocational subjects, but this is by no means definitive. You can find Certificate IV’s on a range of subjects including health services, animal care, and accounting. If you’re still unsure of what you want to study and want to browse around a few available courses before making your choice, then be sure to head over to our course review pages, where you’ll find a host of information on a whole host of courses and subjects areas.Back to top
Who is eligible?
The entry requirements for a Certificate IV will vary depending on which specific course you elect to study, but you should usually have at least completed year 10 of high school. Though again, there may be specific requirements depending on the course or the field that you choose to study in. When you know what it is you want to study, check with your provider for the most up to date entry requirements.Back to top
How long does it take to complete a Certificate IV?
There is no set duration for a Certificate IV qualification, but typically it will take between 6 to 18 months of studying. This, however, can be lengthened, or even reduced to suit your particular needs. So, for example, if you’re planning to work alongside your qualification, or have a family that will require your attention then you might want to lengthen your study to make it more manageable, or if you want to devote your entire life to studying then this time could find yourself with a certificate in as little as six months.Back to top
What are the career opportunities?
The career opportunities available to you after studying for a Certificate IV qualification will vary based on your field and subject, usually they will prepare you for entry level positions in non-academic field such as youth work, training and assessment or community service work, but they can also be found as an entry into academic fields as well. Aside from the career opportunities, the Certificate IV is also a great way to transition yourself to higher forms of education, for example, if you enjoyed your Certificate IV you may want to look into Diploma, Advanced Diploma or even Bachelor’s degree study.