OPEC College


PSP40116 Certificate IV in Government

SKU PSP40116 Category

This qualification allows for the attainment of occupational specific competencies for those working in operational roles without supervision in the public sector. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, and limited responsibility with established parameters. The generalist qualification is particularly suited to those working in an environment requiring multi-skilled personnel and/or small or regionally based organisations. The human resources management specialisation covers the skills required for working within a human resources field in the public sector. The service delivery specialisation covers the skills required for those delivering government services in a public sector environment. The land administration specialisation covers the skills required by those working as public land administration officers. The injury claims administration specialisation covers the skills required for those working within an injury claims administration field in the public sector. The injury rehabilitation management specialisation covers the skills required for those working as rehabilitation practitioners within an injury management field in the public sector. The border protection specialisation covers the skills required by operational staff working within a border protection field. The revenue administration specialisation covers the skills required for those working in a revenue administration field in the public sector.

  • Course Name: Certificate IV in Government
  • Course Code: PSP40116
  • Course Completion Time: RPL is achieved at your own pace with our support.  Typically it will take 2 – 4 weeks
  • Units Studied: 15 (6 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 = 15

(6 core units plus 9 elective units)

Core Units:

  • PSPETH001 Uphold the values and principles of public service
  • PSPGEN023 Deliver and monitor service to clients
  • PSPGEN029 Value diversity
  • PSPGEN043 Apply government processes
  • PSPLEG002 Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPPCY004 Support policy implementation


  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • PSPGEN024 Use resources to achieve work unit goals
  • PSPGEN027 Gather and analyse information
  • PSPGEN031 Undertake career planning
  • PSPGEN032 Deal with conflict
  • PSPGEN038 Identify and treat risks

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 Services Officer
  • Government Fraud Prevention Officer
  • Purchasing Officer or Procurement Officer
  • Taxation Client Engagement Officer
  • Border Protection Team Leader
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Injury Rehabilitation Manager
  • Administrative Services Officer
  • Customer Service Officer
  • Full RPL achieved – $1195.00
  • 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.

A range of flexible payment plans are available and can be set up at the enrolment stage.

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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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

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