Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management

Course Code: 22452VIC*

The Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management is a nationally accredited qualification which provides training in the skills and knowledge required to work in the cultural heritage industry. It also provides training to enable Registered Aboriginal Parties and other land managers to meet their cultural heritage management obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. La Trobe University, as a Registered Training Organisation (TOID 3899), delivers this course in partnership with Aboriginal Victoria (AV).


Course Dates:

12 February - 3 December 2018.

Study Mode:

Full time equivalent

The course takes ten months to complete. It is delivered in nine intensive blocks of 5 days, approximately one month apart, at locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.


Please note that applications for 2018 have now closed.

Applications for 2019 will be open in July 2018.

Information for Applicants booklet [PDF 697KB]

In 2019, 14 places in this course will be substantially funded by the Victorian government through Aboriginal Victoria. To be considered for a place applicants must meet Aboriginal Victoria criteria for funding eligibility. These are the criteria:

  • Applicants must successfully complete the Aboriginal Victoria three-day Introductory Workshop to Cultural Heritage Management. Contact christina.pavlides@dpc.vic.gov.au for further information.
  • Applicants must be Victorian Aboriginal Traditional Owners or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders resident and/or working in Victoria.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of the course.
  • Applicants must also meet La Trobe University eligibility criteria which include the ability to read, write and speak English to a level which will ensure satisfactory participation in the course.

This training may be delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding from the Department of Education and Training. Eligible students will be enrolled under the Victorian Training Guarantee. This may impact your access to further government subsidised training at Certificate IV level. Your eligibility will be discussed with you at a pre-enrolment interview.

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A Skills Recognition process is available to those students who are offered a place in the course. Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process for those who may be able to demonstrate some of the competencies of the course as a result of previous learning, work and life experiences, employment experience and/or previous non-accredited education and training. The process involves self-assessment using an RPL kit, an interview and practical assessment. Applying for RPL is free of charge.

Credit transfer is the process of receiving credit for accredited study previously completed through another Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Students need to provide an original or certified copy of the relevant Certificate and/or Statement of Attainment indicating a competent level of attainment.

Pathways and Employment

The Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management provides a pathway to both employment and further training and education. Opportunities for employment beyond the qualification include: government agencies, Aboriginal organisations, cultural heritage industry, land management, tourism and museums. Successful completion of this qualification provides a pathway to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University, where students can select subjects in Archaeology along with subjects chosen from a range of other study areas. The Diploma of Arts, offered at regional campuses, provides a one-year course for extended study in Arts and may lead to enrolment in a degree. The Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management can also build a study foundation for application to a range of courses within the vocational education sector.


In 2019, 14 places in this course will be funded by Aboriginal Victoria and La Trobe University. Students will be provided with meals, accommodation and reimbursement for transport costs when required to be away from their usual home. All learning materials are provided.  There will be no tuition, service or amenities fees payable.

Other places are available on a full fee paying basis, which will also cover the items listed above. Note that no VET Fee-Help, HECS or other payment-deferral options are available for this course.

Units of Competency offered in 2019

Core Units


Provide first aid


Inspect and monitor cultural places


Participate in WHS processes


Facilitate meetings in the property industry


Use maps, plans, drawings and specifications


Work effectively in the cultural heritage industry


Investigate cultural heritage landscapes and environments


Identify and describe cultural heritage materials


Manage the discovery of human skeletal remains


Review assessments for legislative compliance


Contribute to the conservation of cultural heritage places

Electives offered in 2019


Move and store collection material


Implement preventive conservation strategies

Further Information

Maddy Maitri
Senior Educator, Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management
Archaeology Program, Bundoora, VIC, 3086
T: 03 9479 2806
E: m.maitri@latrobe.edu.au

Additional Resources

To obtain documents in an alternate format please contact Maddy Maitri:
T: 03 9479 2806
E: m.maitri@latrobe.edu.au

Further resources can found on the Aboriginal Victoria websites

*This course is currently being added to the La Trobe University RTO scope by ASQA. Please contact Maddy Maitri for further details.