Certificate IV in Correctional Practice


Course Overview

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Average Course Duration: 1 Year

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This qualification allows for the attainment of general competencies and also specialisation in dog handling, supervision and leadership, case management, community or emergency response streams.

Candidates for this qualification will normally be employed in the supervision and management of offenders and detainees in the criminal justice system or within immigration detention centres, in Australian states and territories.

The general qualification covers the competencies allowing experienced staff to reflect advanced practice and greater team leadership roles.

The case management specialisation covers the competencies required by staff members responsible for case management of offenders in custodial or community settings.

The community specialisation covers the competencies required by staff responsible for supervising offenders directly or indirectly in the community and within specified parameters of responsibility defined by work activities, or by the complexity of assessment offender’s needs and risks.

The dog handling specialisation covers the competencies required by staff responsible for the maintenance of canine health and welfare and the utilisation of canines for detection and security purposes.

The emergency response specialisation covers the competencies required by staff responsible for responding to and supervising serious incidents or events that occur within custodial settings.

The supervision specialisation covers the competencies required by staff responsible for supervising staff and/or offenders in the correctional environment.

Elective units may also be drawn from other training packages to reflect the work context and career plans of the individual. Elective units should reflect the responsibilities of the individual and the job skills required for effective performance.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Additional qualification advice

Where a defined specialisation is completed as detailed below, the resultant testamur can be titled: Certificate IV in Correctional Practice (field of study) i.e. Certificate IV in Correctional Practice (Supervision).

Student Outcomes

Students who graduate from VET courses are surveyed approximately 6 months after they have completed their training. For more information on the statistics provided in this section, including the different levels (course, field of education, all fields of education) of data available please select the Learn more button below.

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Satisfied with Training

Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

Improved Work Status

Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.


The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Society and Culture field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Certificate IV).


Graduates of this course are most often employed as:

Community and Personal Service Workers


Community and Personal Service Workers


Clerical and Administrative Workers


Clerical and Administrative Workers


Graduates of this course are most often employed in:

Public administration and safety


Public administration and safety

All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Financial Assistance

The federal, state and territory governments provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and training students to help them gain the skills required to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment.

There are programs for all kinds of students; apprentices and trainees, new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.


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Subsidised Training

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VET Student Loans

Certain courses are eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist students with paying tuition fees. The initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once the loan recipient starts earning over a certain amount. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2019-20 income year is $45,881.

Career Information

Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.

Correctional Services Career Pathway

Certificate IV in Correctional Practice is in the Society and Culture Field of Education. For more information about this kind of career, you can explore Correctional Services.


Justice Services
Community Correctional Practice
Custodial Correctional Practice

Certificate IV


Advanced Diploma

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships can provide a pathway to a career change for people looking to re-enter the workforce and for people who are currently working. Australian Apprenticeships combine work with training in a national recognised qualification.

This qualification is available as an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship in the state and territories coloured in blue on the map.


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