Certificate I in Developing Independence


Course Length

Part time:

6 months


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Delivery Mode


On Campus

Course Overview

This course is designed for young people who are homeless or living in community housing. Learn the skills you need to bring stability to your life and achieve independence, so you can succeed in your future studies.

You'll complete workshops in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social connections
  • Civic participation
  • Housing and living skills

This course is delivered at the Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer via face-to-face and webinar sessions.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue work, further education, and community involvement.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the following areas:

  • Senior secondary certificates such as VCAL or VCE
  • Vocational Education and Training, such as an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Adult and community education programs

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Public - Open from 01/02/2021 - Individual Learning 1:1 sessions / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $450.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $90.00

3. Full Fee: $1,512.00

Course Materials: $27.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

- Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
- E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
- Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Attend an interview with the Course Coordinator.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
VU21998 - Recognise personal skills and capabilities
VU21999 - Build personal confidence
VU22000 - Create personal vision
VU22001 - Deal with conflict and stress
VU22002 - Develop and apply an education and career plan
VU22003 - Develop social competence

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Completion of worksheets
  • Direct observation
  • Third-party reports
  • Written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Written or oral documentation of participation in planned learning activities
  • Written or oral reflection on planned learning activities

Additional Information

The Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer, through Berry Street, will provide integrated wellbeing support services with access to the Youth Development Workers to assist you in completing this qualification.

Course Co-ordinator

Jeremy Solofa
Campus: Shepparton

Sarah Robinson
Campus: Shepparton

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students undertake the course over 4-6 months with the student meeting with the Youth Development Worker weekly for 3 hours to assist with assessments and workbook. The Certificate I in Developing Independence teacher is available 5 days per week for assistance for students.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

Educational Support Services

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.

Student Support

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

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

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.