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Certificate IV in Human Resource Management


Certificate IV in Human Resource Management BSB40420

Course Overview

In the Certificate IV in Human Resources, you’ll learn an array of HR skills such as recruiting, selecting and inducting staff and supporting performance management processes, HR functions and employee and industrial relations procedures.

This course is delivered in a blended setting, between on-campus and virtual, with an average of 15hours per week commitment to class time required.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Coordinator and Payroll Officer.

Responsibilities are likely to be determined at a workplace level. Some smaller organisations may require employees to work across all aspects of human resources. In larger organisations, individuals may support a single human resources function.

Further Study

Students wishing to continue with their studies may wish to undertake the:

  • BSB50320 Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • BSB50420 Diploma in Leadership and Management

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Public - From 7th March, Selected Mon & Tue Day (inc Wed Night), 9am-4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • It is preferred that you hold a supervisory or management position to undertake this course.

This course is suited to students that are supervisors or managers or have aspirations to become leaders. Even if students do not wish to enter into the HR field, the HR units will assist as they are about managing staff – a skill requirement for all leaders.

Core Units
Administer performance development processes
Support employee and industrial relations
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
Coordinate recruitment and onboarding
Support human resources functions and processes
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
Elective Units
Lead difficult conversations
Coordinate health and wellness programs
Apply business risk management processes
Undertake project work
Build and maintain business relationships
Apply communication strategies in the workplace

Students will be required to participate in class activity work and for each unit, there is the requirement to do written assessments. Written assessments can be short answer questions, reports, projects, research topics etc.

Students are provided with a study plan and a course timetable that outlines their course structure. The course starts with induction in week 1 and students commence their first unit in week 2.

Students attend campus for face-to-face training using simulated work practices as well as evening online classes per unit. Students will then have a further 2-3 weeks per unit to work through the course materials and assessments before commencing the next unit. Students attend campus for a total of 24 days (9am-4pm) and 13 online virtual classes (3hrs per class).

Learning materials and resources are provided through Teams.

The delivery for this cohort is conducted on campus in a classroom. Students have access to a trainer for 1 hour every week (on the day they do not attend classes) where they can receive additional support. Students are provided with learning resources via TEAMS.

In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning. Students in this cohort will complete their skills assessments predominately through teams with their fellow students and this is then recorded and submitted. They complete their knowledge assessments outside of their scheduled classes.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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