OPEC College


PSP30116 Certificate III in Government

SKU PSP30116 Category

This qualification allows for the attainment of general competencies for those working in entry level roles in the public sector, with a particular focus on meeting the ethical and legislative requirements of the public service. The generalist qualification covers the skills required to operate in a broad range of public service work activities that are generalist in nature. The court services specialisation covers the skills required by those working at an operational level as a sheriff’s officer, bailiff or marshal to carry out the directions of the court and ensure a secure and efficient environment in which the court can function. The border protection specialisation covers the skills required by those working at an operational level in border protection. The protective security specialisation covers the skills required by those working at an operational level in protective security. The personnel vetting specialisation covers the skills required by those working at an entry level in the personnel vetting area of the public sector.

  • Course Name: Certificate III in Government
  • Course Code: PSP30116
  • Course Completion Time: RPL is achieved at your own pace with our support.  Typically it will take 2 – 4 weeks
  • Units Studied: 13 (4 core units and 9 elective units)
  • Nationally Recognised Training: Yes
  • Are There Assessments For This Course: This course is assessed through a review of the RPL evidence you supply
  • Assessment Due Dates: No, submit your RPL evidence at your own pace
  • RPL available: Yes, absolutely! This is an RPL only course

Total number of units = 13

(4 core units plus 9 elective units)

Core Units:

  • PSPETH001 Uphold the values and principles of public service
  • PSPGEN015 Work effectively with diversity
  • PSPGEN019 Use workplace communication strategies
  • PSPLEG001 Comply with legislation in the public sector


  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • PSPGEN014 Organise workplace information
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks
  • PSPGEN009 Work effectively in the organisation
  • PSPGEN010 Contribute to workgroup activities
  • PSPGEN011 Build and maintain internal networks
  • PSPGEN013 Implement change
  • PSPGEN016 Address client needs
  • PSPGEN021 Contribute to conflict management
  • PSPGEN022 Give and receive workplace feedback

If you are Studying

This course is assessed using a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study and provide our students with interesting and flexible assessment experiences.

All assessments are completed in your own time and submitted online, with no assessment due dates. This modern and flexible approach is designed to reduce the uncomfortable pressure and unnecessary stress that traditional assessment testing is so famous for. Marking feedback is provided online usually within 1 week of submission.

Many assessments will include researching, reading and analysing information on your computer, laptop or tablet (Internet required), however each unit of study provides assessment instructions and benchmarks you can easily follow to successfully complete each assessment task.

By Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already have the knowledge and skills to achieve this qualification we encourage you to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

    RPL is a simple process with OPEC College and works like this

Click here to be taken to our Pre-assessment form.

Formal Entry Requirements:

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however please read through the following information to assess if you have the English language and literacy skills necessary to successfully complete this course.


    Due to the ASCF core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy involved in this course, it is suggested that you have successfully completed year 12 or have completed a Certificate III.

Technical Requirements:

    Please see the technical requirements below, as you will need access to a modern personal computer and the internet to study this course. In addition, you will need to be able to use this computer, including basic word processing, use of Microsoft Office software and electronic communication platforms and internet search engines.

Enrolment Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing:

    If you cannot meet any of the above suggested entry requirements, which are a guide only and not mandatory, and you would still like to enrol into this course, it is a procedure during our enrolment process to email everyone a link to participate in a short online LLN test that will check your current learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills and from these results, allow us to offer you the necessary support needed, if any, to help you successfully complete this course.

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Administrative Assistant (Regional Office)
  • Administrative Assistant (Service Agency)
  • Border Protection Officer
  • Customs Officer
  • Bench Clerk
  • Court Security Assistant
  • Government Security Officer
  • Full RPL achieved – $995.00
  • Blended RPL and Study –
  • Full Training – $
  • By study $

Fees are broken down to an enrolment fee of $500 and the balance either on completion or spaced evenly across the program to suit your financial needs.

Current government funding models possibly available to OPEC College students are found on the Funding page, click here for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on all OPEC College qualifications. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can provide you with nationally recognised qualifications through converting your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies.
RPL means you can gain qualifications simply through providing evidence of relevant knowledge and skills you have gained through previous work.
This means you don’t have to waste time studying what you already know.
You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application and the OPEC College RPL team will assist you through the RPL assessment process. Apply for RPL below to commence the process.

Click here for more information

Windows PC / Laptop / Tablet

  • Windows 7 (or higher)
  • Latest version of Chrome
  • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)
  • Latest Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe PDF Reader

Apple Mac PC’s

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (or higher)
  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari
  • Microsoft Office for Mac (2010 or higher)
  • Latest Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe PDF Reader


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  • Latest version of Chrome

iPhone & iPad*

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  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

* Students using an iPad or iPhone will need to upload documents from a Laptop, PC or have a Dropbox account