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The Certificate IV in Justice is part of a vocational education program sequence that includes the Diploma of Justice and the Advanced Diploma of Justice. Earlier exit points are also available.
This program responds to industry demand for paralegals and justice officers who can apply contemporary approaches and specialised knowledge and skills to a career in the criminal justice system.
The key focus of this vocational course is to gain an understanding of the role of our legal system and the various components that work in response to the administration of justice and the prevention of criminal behaviour in individuals and society.
At the Certificate IV level, you will gain foundational knowledge of key concepts of criminal justice, including the components and function of the justice system, judicial processes and the administration of the law.
At the Diploma level, you will examine the elements of crimes, working within family violence contexts, and conflict resolution. You will also learn to provide client services that address diversity and special needs.
In you final year as part of the Advanced Diploma you will learn strategies for understanding, preventing and investigating criminal activities and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in leadership, case management, youth justice an research and analysis.
You’ll attend crime scene procedures and moot court camps, which include life-like crime scene investigation and exposure to various specialised law enforcement operations.
Elective courses enable you to specialise in areas such as justice administration, enforcement, strategies that deal with offending behaviour and restorative justice.
This suite of programs are a major vocational education and training pathway to help you enter into, develop additional skills for or pursue a long term career in community justice and related fields.
6 months full-time
6 months full-time
1 year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification, the Diploma.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The teaching staff within the program have extensive industry experience and networks.
During the Advanced Diploma of Justice program, you will attend crime scene procedures and moot court camps where you'll investigate mock crime scenes and gain exposure to specialised law enforcement operations, statement writing, brief of evidence and court procedures.
All programs are delivered in English.
Where possible, assessment tasks are designed to replicate the requirements of the justice workplace environment. Assessment may include a variety of methods such as:
- literature reviews
- oral presentations
- research tasks
These methods further enhance workplace employability skills.
You'll gain practical off-campus work experience in judicial workplaces.
This program is developed in consultation with an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the Department of Justice, Courts and Tribunals, Corrections Victoria, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and many more. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and the needs of graduate employers.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Crime management and administration are growth areas in the justice environment. As a graduate of this program, you'll be ready to shape and influence the legal, social and ethical issues of this field.
Graduates of this program will have the skills to work unsupervised in a range of complex capacities in modern judicial and legal environments.
Graduates find work as:
- Australian customs officer
- case manager
- clerks of court
- community corrections officer
- cultural affairs officer
- indigenous community liaison officer
- legal assistant with legal firms, government departments, law enforcement agencies and legal aid agencies
- local and municipal law enforcement officer
- victim advocate
- youth officers in juvenile justice.
This program is designed to prepare you for local, national and international careers. This includes careers with the Australian Federal Police, Customs and Border Control and other external agencies.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Be up-to-date with current justice and legal knowledge
This program is developed in consultation with an industry advisory committee to ensure learning is relevant to your needs as a graduate and meets the needs of future employers.