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:

22 February - 2 December 2021.

Study Mode:

Full-time equivalent. The course takes 10 months to complete. It is delivered in nine intensive blocks of five days, approximately one month apart, at locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria. If restrictions on face to face learning are re-introduced due to COVID, delivery will switch to weekly online sessions.


Applications for funded and fee-paying places in 2021 are now closed.

In 2022, 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.

There are also a limited number of fee paying positions open to all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. Contact Maddy Maitri on 0435658008 to discuss this option.

Please read the Information for Students [PDF 717.3 KB]

Please complete and return this Expression of Interest [PDF 412.7KB] form for 2022.

Due to the high demand for a limited number of places, late applications might not be considered.

Please note: 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 in a range of courses within the vocational education sector.


Students who are offered a State government or La Trobe University funded place in this course do not pay fees. 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 VET Fee-Help, HECS or other payment-deferral options are not available for this course. Please see the Information for Students booklet or contact the Program Manager on (03) 9479 2806 to discuss this option.

Units of Competency offered in 2021 (conditional upon receipt of State Government funding)

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



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
M: 0435 658 008 
E: m.maitri@latrobe.edu.au

Additional Resources

To obtain documents in an alternate format please contact Maddy Maitri:
T: 03 9479 2806
M: 0435 658 008
E: m.maitri@latrobe.edu.au

Further resources can found on the Aboriginal Victoria websites.