Foundational Skills

Take a General Education course at TAFE and get the skills and knowledge you need to continue your studies or find employment with confidence. General education courses offer you the chance to prepare for your next steps in a safe and supportive environment. Whatever your goals are, at CR TAFE we want to help you get there. 

If it’s been a while since you’ve studied or worked or if you just need a brush up on the basics, our foundational general education courses are for you. If studying seems intimidating or you feel like you’re lacking certain skills, you might really benefit from general education for adults at TAFE.

At CR TAFE, we’re passionate about providing you with first-class training that you’ll actually use in the real world. We offer a number of general education courses at different levels. Under the guidance of knowledgeable and supportive teachers, you will learn skills in literacy and numeracy as well as skills to help you find employment or carry on further studies. Our training will get you ready with the skills and knowledge you can use in your day-to-day as you work towards your education, career and life goals.

Foundational Skills Courses

^ Please note: Eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.
State ID: KAC05
Industry Business and Finance

Basic Computer Skills Set

Whatever time in your life, computer literacy starts here.

If you've always wanted to learn how to use a computer or personal device, or you just want a little more practice with navigating your device and the internet safely, this short course is for you.

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Step your way into technology by starting with the basics.

Technology is advancing on a daily basis, and we are becoming more reliant on using the internet and technology for everyday tasks and most importantly for keeping in touch with family and friends. For many of us, technology, computers and smart devices can be tricky and daunting to use. We're here to help! In this hands-on short course you’ll learn basic skills to help you become confident in using digital devices, computers and Microsoft programs.

You’ll become computer literate as you learn how to:

  • Use a computer including accessing files and application programs
  • Use Microsoft Office programs including Word
  • Navigate your way around the Internet 
  • Apply basic security procedures and how to spot those scam emails
  • Use your smart devices such as iPhone or tablets
Skill set
National ID: 52875WA
State ID: BGR07
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate I in Gaining Access to Training and Employment (GATE)

Self-improvement is the key to a better career.

Better yourself and improve your chances of getting the career you want in the industry you're passionate about. The time to start working on you, is now.

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Kick start your education and training today.

If you want to better you communication skills, or improve your reading and writing, maths, personal skills and employment opportunities, this qualification is for you. Our courses use projects to sharpen your skills, and offer excellent resources and highly experienced lecturers.

You will develop skills in

  • Building career learning and personal management skills
  • Improving your communication skills
  • Improving your maths skills
  • Developing your skills in using technology for communication
  • Improving your study skills for further education.
Certificate I
National ID: 52876WA
State ID: BGR16
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Course in Gaining Access to Training and Employment (GATE) (Introductory)

Start here, finish anywhere your imagination takes you.

There's no better time to work on you. This bridging/prep course is the perfect step to beginning your training journey on the way to your dream career.

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Improve your chances of getting a job or doing further education today.

The course in Gaining Access to Training and Employment (GATE) (Introductory) is a bridging/preparatory course enabling learners to extend their general education, prior to entering a range of vocational training programs, employment or community participation.

Students enrol in either the Introductory GATE course, or the general GATE course, depending upon their individual skill levels prior to commencing. The way the course is delivered depends on the needs of the student. This introductory course allows you to extend your knowledge and skills in communication, numeracy, technology, study skills and personal development.

You will develop skills in;

  • Communicating effectively
  • Applying maths to everyday tasks 
  • Operating a computer
  • Participating in your community
  • Applying study techniques
  • Improving your confidence, setting goals
  • Managing your personal growth and raising your self-esteem.
Course in
National ID: 22472VIC
State ID: BEH69
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate I in General Education for Adults

Better you, better career.

Upskill yourself with this basic course that will improve the essentials you'll need to land the career you want. You'll not only improve your general academic and social skills, you'll improve your confidence too.

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Flexible
On campus
Online

Take control of your future today - there's no better time than now.

When you finish the Certificate I in General Education for Adults you will have better reading, writing, maths, and computer skills.

You will learn

  • how to make a plan
  • simple reading and writing
  • how to make simple documents
  • basic computer skills
  • simple maths, working with money

You will be enrolled in the right level based on your ability.

Certificate I
National ID: 22473VIC
State ID: BEH66
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate II in General Education for Adults

Take control of your future.

The training in this general education course provides initial skill development in a variety of areas to meet personal needs and to help you participate in the community, workplace and further education.

Study modes:

Flexible
On campus
Online

Don't put it off any longer - build a solid base for your future today.

When you finish the Certificate II in General Education for Adults you will have a fresh start at education.

You will learn

  • planning goals and carrying out projects
  • advanced reading and writing
  • how to make different documents
  • computer skills
  • maths and problem solving

You will be enrolled in the right level based on your ability.

The Certificate II in General Education for Adults is approximately equivalent to Year 10 for the purposes of applying for a TAFE course and will meet the entry requirements for most Certificate II, III or IV level TAFE courses.

Certificate II
National ID: 22474VIC
State ID: BEH65
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Step into further study or employment.

This practical course is an ideal way to further develop your literacy, numeracy and employability skills and set you up for further study or employment.

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Flexible
On campus

Refine the skills you need to succeed.

When you finish the Certificate III in General Education for Adults you will have a better chance at getting into your dream career.

You will learn

  • planning goals and carrying out projects
  • advanced reading, writing and understanding of a variety of documents
  • managing your money
  • maths and problem solving

You will be enrolled in the right level based on your ability.

The Certificate III in General Education for Adults is approximately equivalent to Year 11 for the purposes of applying for a TAFE course and will meet the entry requirements for most Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma level TAFE courses.

Certificate III
National ID: 22476VIC
State ID: BEH64
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory)

The first step towards a new and improved You.

Clarify project goals, carry out and evaluate projects, develop plans, read and interpret info, use maths in everyday situations - these are all the skills you'll learn and more in this introductory course.

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Flexible
On campus
Online

Do you want to take control of your future?

When you finish the Certificate I in General Education for Adults you will have better reading, writing, maths, and computer skills.

You will learn:

  • how to make a plan
  • simple reading and writing
  • how to make simple documents
  • basic computer skills
  • simple maths, working with money.
Certificate I
National ID: 22471VIC
State ID: BEH68
Industry Education and Community Services

Course in Initial General Education for Adults

Get ahead and get the career you want today.

Improve your literacy, basic math and general education skills to access further study, employment or to participate in the community.

Study modes:

Flexible
Online

Further your education and training today.

This course aims to provide a general education. That is, initial skill development in reading, writing and numeracy and skill development in a variety of areas to meet personal needs and to facilitate participation in the community, or other workplace and further education and training.

On successful completion of this course a participant will be able to:

  • develop a learning plan and portfolio with support
  • read and interpret a limited range of short, simple and personally relevant texts
  • create short simple, personally relevant texts
  • recognise simple mathematical information in familiar and everyday situations.
Course in
State ID: AE377
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies
Free*
Skill sets

Job Ready Basics Skill Set

The Job Ready Basics skill set is perfect if you feel that you need a little extra support and a confidence boost to get into a job. It focuses on health, wellbeing and personal development including an introduction to workplace technology. 

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On campus

Get started in the workforce. 

The Job Ready Basics skill set is perfect if you feel that you need a little extra support and a confidence boost to get into a job. It focuses on health, wellbeing and personal development including an introduction to workplace technology.  This course will prepare you for entry level roles in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, community services, aged care and business services. 

 Follow this up with a visit to your local Jobs and Skills Centre, where you can get free advice and support to with your resume and writing job applications, and you’ll be job ready!

Skill set
State ID: KAC25
Industry Business and Finance

Key Computing Skills Set

This course will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to complete a variety of tasks using digital devices, the Internet and computer programs.

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Learn a variety of computer skills. 

This course will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to complete a variety of tasks using digital devices, the Internet and computer programs. 

Topics covered include:

  • Accessing and using the Internet
  • Spreadsheets
  • Using personal digital devices such as laptops and mobile phones
  • Creating presentations 
Skill set
National ID: 52773WA
State ID: YT98
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate I in Leadership

Your path to a more empowered you starts here.

Learn how to connect with yourself, participate in a team, build networks, communicate effectively with others all while building the confidence to achieve meaningful outcomes with the support of experienced lecturers.

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Flexible
On campus

Your start to study at TAFE.

This entry level qualification is a great place to start as it will help to open the door for further study. Our campuses will offer this qualification with a specific industry focused course. 

For example students can participate in trade skills, fashion, technology and subjects such as computing or administration. All of these courses will have a focus on working in a team and on a particular project. 

Certificate I
National ID: G011P
State ID: G011P
Industry Business and Finance

Microsoft PowerPoint

Show the world what you mean.

From the classroom to the boardroom - learn the essential skills of Microsoft PowerPoint and do more than just present information, no matter the location or audience.

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Develop your skills in Microsoft PowerPoint.

You will learn to add graphics and themes, run a slide show, printing techniques and how to publish presentations for a variety of business settings. This course is designed for users who wish to use PowerPoint to present information.

Topics covered include:

  • work with the basic features of PowerPoint
  • create a new presentation
  • insert and modify clip art in your presentation
  • draw and work with shapes
  • create and work with SmartArt
  • navigate a slide show in PowerPoint
  • use a range of printing techniques 
Short course
National ID: G026P
State ID: G026P
Industry Business and Finance

Microsoft Project Advanced

Manage anything life or work throws at you.

Refine your skills in a program designed to plan projects, assign tasks, manage resources, make reports and more. Build on your existing knowledge and take on anything.

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Build on your existing Microsoft Project experience.

This course is designed for individuals with prior experience in using Microsoft Project. You’ll learn the more advanced features of Project including working with various tables and alter techniques, using, creating and modifying project templates, creating new custom reports, creating web pages based on Project data and successfully breaking large projects down into more manageable chunks.

Specifically you will learn how to: 

  • work with various views and create custom views
  • work with various table and filter techniques
  • use, create and modify project templates
  • export data from Project to other applications
  • work with predefined reports and create new custom reports
  • create web pages based on Project data
  • work with multiple Project files simultaneously and create workspaces,
  • successfully break large project files down into more manageable chunks 
  • create and use macros in Project
Short course
National ID: G006P
State ID: G006P
Industry Business and Finance

Microsoft Word Intermediate

There's no limit to a career in writing.

Bring your basic skills in Microsoft Word up a notch, and learn tips, tricks and tools to improve your word processing, formatting, layout and much more.

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Improve your skills in Microsoft Word 

This course is suited for those that have some basic knowledge in using Microsoft Word and are looking to improve their skills. You will learn how to create multiple documents, implement styles and templates, merging as well as working with pictures and drawings.

Topics covered include: 

  • Working with basic features of word
  • Using more advanced table features
  • Creating and applying styles to paragraphs and text
  • Creating and using templates in your documents 
  • Understanding and working with section breaks in a document
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Performing a mail merge from scratch
  • Inserting and working with pictures
  • Working extensively with shapes including those inserted in a drawing canvas
Short course
National ID: 52877WA
State ID: BGR13
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW)

If you're looking for a sign, this is it.

Now is the time to improve your employability, get back in the workforce or start a new career. This short course will boost your confidence and your skills and prepare you for taking the next step in your career.

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On campus

If you're a woman looking to return to study or the workforce or just want to improve your general skills, this course is for you.

This course serves as a bridging program for women who have typically had a break from the workforce and are looking to embark on a new career direction. The course offers women an opportunity to explore various career options, build self-confidence and gain academic standards necessary to enter vocational offerings.

You will develop your skills in

  • Managing personal and family health and safety
  • Developing strategies to succeed in learning
  • Increasing personal effectiveness 
  • Establishing personal goals
  • Exploring career options 
  • Developing a career action plan 
  • Examining further education and training opportunities 
  • Improving written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Performing simple math for everyday situations and develop basic computer skills.
Certificate I
State ID: KAC48
Industry Business and Finance

Seniors ICT - MS Office Troubleshoot Skill Set

Age is no barrier to learning how to complete basic tasks in MS Office..

If you've always wanted to learn how to use MS Office including Excel and Word, then this beginner course is for you.

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On campus

Confidently complete common tasks in MS Office. 

This weekly course aims to assist Seniors to confidently develop their computing knowledge and skills. You will learn the basics of Microsoft Office including solving common computing problems. 

Topics covered include: 

  • Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheets
  • Features of email programs (Outlook or other) 
  • How to file documents
  • Troubleshooting common issues  

You can bring your own laptop or use one of our available computers.

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