How long will your qualification take?

Each qualification is allocated enough time for an entry-level student to acquire the skills and knowledge of the qualification. These periods also affect the length of time for Austudy eligibility. Times are shorter for students who already have relevant experience, and longer for part-time students.

For the qualifications offered by ACAS, typical periods for full time students are as follows:

Certificate I

  0.5 year

Certificate II

  0.5 year

Certificate III

  1 year

Certificate IV

  0.5 – 1 year


  1 – 2 years

Advanced Diploma

  1 year

Graduate Certificate

  1 year

Graduate Diploma

  1-2 years