Job-ready certificates

Our short, flexible qualifications will give your career a real boost. Best of all, you can study online and without fees.

Currently Undergraduate Certificates are not available for study in 2022. The Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment is currently working with state and territory governments to review the Undergraduate Certificate qualification with the intention of extending its use beyond 2021.

Whether you’re already a qualified professional or you’ve never studied before, we have a certificate for you. They’re a great way to upskill in an area you’re interested in or jump into further studies.

You’ll study four units, which will take six months full-time or one year part-time. You can also receive a 100% HECS fee waiver, which means studying with no tuition fees*.

Most of our certificates are offered fully online, so you can easily fit them in with your schedule. We have options in Business, Health, Education, Science, and more.

*To find out more check out the frequently asked questions below.

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Frequently asked questions

Considering applying

Certificates are made of 50 credit points, which is typically four 12.5 credit point units. They can be completed full-time in one semester or part-time over two semesters.

To find out if a course is available part-time, full-time or both, check the specific course information.

Currently, due to Commonwealth Government regulations, an Undergraduate Certificate qualification may not be issued after 31 December 2021. This means a student enrolled in an Undergraduate Certificate course of study must complete their course in 2021 for a university to issue an Undergraduate Certificate qualification to that student.

The Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment  is currently working with state and territory governments to review the Undergraduate Certificate qualification with the intention of extending its use beyond 2021.

If the qualification is not extended beyond 2021 and you have not completed your study by the end of 2021, we will transfer you into an alternative course.

Please refer to the specific course information to find information on unit availability.

Domestic students commencing a Job-ready Certificate course in winter or Semester 2 2021 may be eligible to receive a 100% HECS fee waiver*.

This means that you will not have to pay any HECS fees for your course.

To receive the waiver, you must complete a minimum of two units (out of a total of four) by 31 December 2021, and have completed all four units by 30 June 2022. Please see the individual course pages for unit availability in 2021 and 2022.

*Exceptions include:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Protection (H5P), which attracts a partial fee waiver.
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) - Gerontological Nursing Stream (H5F) and Graduate Certificate in Maritime and Logistics Management (J5N), which are not applicable for a fee waiver.

Domestic and international fees are listed on the individual course pages above. If you’re a domestic student, you may be eligible to defer your student fees under the HECS-HELP loan scheme.


If you are eligible to receive a HECS fee waiver for your Job-ready Certificate course, your Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) may also be waived for that course. Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) are used to provide services, experiences, and resources for all of our students. The SSAF for 2021 is $46.20 per 12.5 credit point unit of study.

If you are a domestic student and your SSAF is not waived, you may be able to defer these fees under a SA-HELP loan. If you are an international student, SSAF is included in your tuition fees, which means you do not need to pay it separately.

All certificates can be undertaken part-time, unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the specific course information to learn more.

Yes. Most of the certificates are offered completely online. However, a small number have a face-to-face component that will require study at one of our campuses. Check the course information above for more details.

Undergraduate Certificates:

If you pass all four units, you’ll be awarded an undergraduate certificate in your chosen subject area. You can also use these units as a pathway into a Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor course in a related field. In many cases, you’ll receive credit for the studies you completed in the Undergraduate Certificate to the higher level course.

Graduate Certificates:

When you complete your Graduate Certificate you may be able to transfer into a Graduate Diploma or Masters course in the same discipline.

Undergraduate Certificates are designed to be accessible to people who haven’t studied at university before. If you haven’t completed the necessary prior studies, we’ll take into account your relevant work and life experience. You can provide this to us through a personal competency statement.

If you are eligible to receive a HECS fee waiver for your Job-ready Certificate course, your Student Services and Amenities Fee may also be waived for that course. Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) are used to provide services, experiences, and resources for all of our students. The SSAF for 2021 is $46.20 per 12.5 credit point unit of study.

If you are a domestic student and your SSAF is not waived, you may be able to defer these fees under a SA-HELP loan. If you are an international student, SSAF is included in your tuition fees, which means you do not need to pay it separately.

You’ll need to have access to a computer to complete one of these certificates. If you don't have your own computer, we suggest borrowing one from a friend or family member.

You’ll also require a reliable internet connection. You should expect to download about 1-2 GB of data each month while studying.

Fully online Undergraduate Certificates are available to international students. Undergraduate Certificates with face-to-face components are only available to domestic students.

Please note, international students studying online are not eligible for a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or student visa.

You do not need a student visa to study fully online Undergraduate Certificates. As these are fully online, you don’t need to be residing in Australia to complete them. If you already have an Australian visa, please check your visa conditions to ensure that you’re permitted to study this certificate with the University of Tasmania before applying.

A HECS waiver is a particular type of fee waiver applied to the student contribution amount (aka HECS fee) that is charged to students studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) like those places offered with all the Job-ready Certificates.

Your Job Ready Certificate Fee Waiver will be applied to your student account automatically, you don’t need to apply for this separately.

You will be eligible to receive a HECS fee waiver, if you qualify for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), specifically if you are one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who be resident in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study
  • a permanent visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study.

For further information refer to CSP.

Applying and enrolling

To apply to one of the job-ready certificates, submit a free online application by selecting the relevant link below:

Domestic students

International students

If you have already submitted an application to us for 2021, please log back in and change your preferences to your chosen certificate to have your application reassessed.

If you work quickly, applications take approximately 20 minutes. If you’re unable to complete the process in one sitting, you can save your progress and come back to it later.

After you’ve applied for the certificate, we’ll assess your application. If you meet the entry requirements, and your certificate has four core units, we’ll automatically enrol you into all units when you receive your offer. If your certificate has a choice of units, you’ll be able to select these after you receive your offer through eStudent.

If you’re having any difficulties applying, please contact our Future Students team on 1300 363 864. They can assist you through this process. You can also email course.info@utas.edu.au.

You’ll be assessed in a variety of different ways, depending on the certificate and units you study. This includes online quizzes, reflective writing tasks, project proposals and reports. You can see the specific assessments for your certificate by clicking on the links to the individual units in the certificate information.

Yes. If you’d like to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning, please let us know on your application. When you accept your offer, this will prompt a college-based Course Information Officer to reach out to you and progress your application.

The maximum amount of recognition for prior learning for an Undergraduate Certificate is 12.5 credit points (one unit).

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing the form is a mandatory requirement even if your course is entirely covered by a HECS fee waiver, and instructions for how to complete the eCAF are available.

If you would like to withdraw from the course, follow the instructions on how to withdraw through eStudent. Please note that the deadline to withdraw is the Census Date.

For Semester 2 2021 the Census Date is 10 August 2021.

For Winter school (early) the Census Date is 27 May 2021.

For Winter school the Census Date is 10 June 2021.

For Winter school (late) the Census Date is 10 July 2021.

For information on scholarships, refer to Scholarships, fees and costs.