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Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management

Get the skills and knowledge required to work in the cultural heritage industry. This is a nationally accredited qualification open to Aboriginal people.


Delivered by La Trobe UniversityExternal Link , this course supports the training requirements of Aboriginal people working with Aboriginal cultural heritage. This course also provides a pathway to higher education.

You'll get to travel around Victoria, exploring local cultural heritage 'On Country' with Traditional Owners, Elders and cultural heritage professionals.

You'll receive a powerful and unique learning environment, both in the classroom and out in the field.

Core units

  • provide first aid
  • inspect and monitor cultural places
  • participate in Workplace Health and Safety 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

This course takes place in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

  1. Applications for 2020 are now open


  • To apply for an Aboriginal Victoria funded place, you must:

    • be an Aboriginal person
    • have completed the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management training workshop
  • The Certificate IV takes 10 months to complete.

    This includes 9 intensive blocks of 5 days.

    These take place approximately 1 month apart.

  • Limited funded places are available for Victorian Traditional Owners.

    Aboriginal Victoria will provide:

    • all learning materials
    • meals
    • accommodation
    • reimbursement for transportation costs if you are away from home

    There are no tuition, service or amenity fees for these places.

    If you are not eligible for an Aboriginal Victoria funded place in the course, full fee paying places are also available. Visit La Trobe University for detailsExternal Link

  • Before you submit your application, review the Certificate in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management handbookExternal Link (PDF 578KB).

    Register your interest in Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management by contacting La Trobe University.

    Apply now

Reviewed 29 October 2019

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