Certificate IV in Justice Studies

A great entry level course for those considering a job in the criminal justice system. This is an exceptional police applicant preparation program! Suitable for AFP applicants!


The CLET 10971NAT Certificate IV in Justice Studies is a fantastic course for students considering employment in the criminal justice system.  If you do not have any experience with study or have not had any exposure to the workplace, then this is a great starting point for you.

The CLET 10971NAT Certificate IV in Justice Studies is completed fully online and in your own time.  If you are working, this course will allow you to undertake study without interfering with your employment.  If you are not working, this is a great course to undertake to develop your study skills and start you on the pathway to a new job.

All students who complete the course will also have access to the exclusive CLET employment preparation area, that is specifically focussed on preparing potential job applicants with practice in psychometric testing and interview. 

This qualification is particularly suited for anyone wishing to enter the Australian Federal Police:

AFP Education Recruitment Requirements

Do you have at least a Year 10 certificate with a Cert IV/Diploma level qualification or Trade Certificate?
Australian Qualifications Framework
Australian Qualifications Framework
Course Name: Certificate IV in Justice Studies
Course Code: 10971NAT
Maximum Course Completion Time: 2 Years
Units Studied: 10
Nationally Recognised Training:
Fees: $4295
Delivery Mode: Study Online , RPL
Assessment: Yes
Assessment Due Dates: No - study at your pace
Start Date: Monthly
Core Units

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply understanding of the Australian legal system. This includes understanding and applying knowledge of the Federal system, sources of law, and the trial system for resolving disputes.

The unit applies to individuals who are in legal assistant job roles, as well as those who are required to apply basic legal knowledge in a work environment.

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate and apply communication strategies in the workplace within any industry.

This unit has a specific focus on the communication skills required for supervisor level workers with responsibility for other workers.

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate justice related information and to provide referral advice on relevant support agencies to internal and external clients. It requires knowledge of the law-making process, the skills to source and analyse justice related information and effective oral and written communication skills to respond to client enquiries. This unit applies to individuals who are required to respond to client enquiries on a range of justice related issues.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare a range of documentation relevant to bail and criminal proceedings. This requires knowledge of organisational procedures and relevant legislation and the skills to source and accurately complete a range of legal documentation.

This unit applies to individuals who are required to prepare documentation for a range of criminal court proceedings.

This unit addresses the skills and knowledge required to analyse and explain social justice issues and their relation to criminal behaviour. This requires knowledge of contemporary approaches to human rights, natural justice and equality and their relationship to issues in the crime and justice area. It applies to those working in justice related fields who require knowledge of the impact of social justice issues on criminal justice systems and the wider society and the skills to explain and report on these issues to ensure the application of a more empathetic and informed approach when undertaking justice related work tasks and functions.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required when exercising regulation, monitoring, inspection and investigation powers under the organisation’s enabling and other applicable legislation.

This unit applies to those working in roles conducting regulatory activities. Those undertaking this unit work independently as part of a team, performing routine tasks involving a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

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


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out administrative tasks within criminal law frameworks.

The unit applies to individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base to provide support in a range of legal service settings. They apply solutions to a range of unpredictable problems and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Its application in the workplace is determined by the job role of the individual and legislation, rules, regulations and codes of practice relevant to different jurisdictions.

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and prioritise own work tasks. It also addresses the skills and knowledge to monitor and obtain feedback on personal work performance.

The unit applies to individuals who are required to design their own work schedules and work plans and to establish priorities for their work. They will typically hold some responsibilities for the work of others and have some autonomy in relation to their own role.

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, draft and finalise complex documents.

The unit applies to individuals who work in a range of business environments and are skilled in the creation of documents that are more complex than basic correspondence, memos and/or forms and that require review and analysis of a range of information sources.

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and evaluate, document and present, information that meet organisational requirements across a range of justice environment contexts.

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 3 weeks 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.

Click here to read in full: How we assess our courses.

It is beneficial for those seeking entry into the Certificate IV satisfy at least one of the entry requirements provided below:

  • successful completion of a Certificate III qualification; or
  • completion of Year 10 or equivalent with a sound achievement in English; or
  • relevant work or life experience in the business or justice fields

Following enrolment you will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment questionnaire that will inform the CLET support staff about your background. CLET does not strictly enforce these entry requirements as they are 'recommended' and not mandatory.

Please contact CLET directly on 1300 760 605 if you would like to discuss these requirements and whether this course is correct for you.

Suggested Entry Pathways for Successful Outcomes:

Due to the ASCF core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy involved in this course, it is suggested that:

Education: you have successfully completed year 10 (only a recommendation); or have previous vocational study.

Employment: you have an interest in working in the justice sector, which can include the private sector, or you would like to use this course to prepare you for higher level study.

Is this course right for me?: to assist with your decision, click on the 'Is this course right for me' button positioned at the top of the right hand side of this page and it will ask you questions to assist you in making your decision to enrol.

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.

Learner support: learner support is offered for this course. Following enrolment you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will allow you to identify any factors that may impact your ability to successfully complete your studies. 

This course is delivered in English online and requires all participants to have sufficient spoken and written comprehension to successfully complete all study and assessment requirements.

Participants with English as their second language must ensure that have the following levels of English language competency if they did not complete year 11 and 12 English before enrolling into the course:

  • IELTS - testing centres:- Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL:- 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
  • 12 months in English-speaking employment
  • Participation in the CLET Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test as part of the enrolment process that will allow you to record your current core learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills against the profile of your selected course. From there, support is offered, if required.

If you do not believe your spoken and written English is at the standard to participate in this course, see the following list of organisations that can provide you with assistance to build your English Language and Literacy skills.

The Reading Writing Hotline

Adult Migrant English Program

If you have read through the above information and you believe you have the English skills to participate and complete this program we are here to support you all the way.

CLET student support is monitored Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm (Qld time), so we are here daily to help you with your studies. You can send an individual message to student support 24/7 and all questions will be answered during 8am-4pm (Qld time) Monday to Friday.

If you would prefer personal contact, you may call the student support line during the above hours for phone support from one of our qualified student support officers.

  • Once you are a student with CLET you will be able to send an online message 24/7
  • Phone Support: 8am-4pm (Qld time) Monday to Friday

Kate is the Director and RPL team leader for CLET and is in charge of the strategic development of the college.

As a director, trainer and student, Kate Martin understands what skills are required to truly be a successful student.

Kate has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Psychology) and completed a Doctor of Business Administration in 2020. She has achieved eight Master’s Degrees in Social Science (Criminology), Business Administration (MBA), International Security Studies, Policing, Intelligence and Counter terrorism, Disaster and Emergency Response, Project Management, Marketing and most recently a Master of Investigations, all studied at six separate Universities.

To finalise this impressive and unprecedented skill set, Kate also holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced).

Kate has extensive employment experience in the legal sector and government and shares her knowledge and experience as a CLET trainer and assessor in our crime and justice, legal, government and emergency management courses.

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

  • Police Officer
  • Justice Support Roles (justice agencies)
  • Police Administrative Support Roles
  • Corrective services in custodial and support roles
  • Department of Justice and Attorney General including courts
  • Legal offices
  • Border Force
  • Security industry in support/administration areas
  • Local law enforcement officer (Councils)
  • Prison Officer
  • Watch House Officer
  • Private investigations in support/administration areas
  • Parks and wildlife (Ranger)
  • RSPCA 
  • Department of Transport 
  • Youth justice roles
  • Crime and Misconduct Commission in support/administration areas
  • Community legal centres
  • Other State and Federal Government Departments in compliance

Study Online FEES - By Payment Plan: $4295 (Full Fee)

  • Payment Plan 1: $500.00 on enrolment plus remaining amount in 10 x Monthly payment(s) of $390.00
    (includes $105 admin fee)
  • Payment Plan 2: $500.00 on enrolment plus remaining amount in 20 x Monthly payment(s) of $200.00
    (includes $205 admin fee)
  • Payment Plan 3: $500.00 on enrolment plus remaining amount in 95 x Weekly payment(s) of $45.00
    (includes $480 admin fee)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on all CLET qualifications. If you have completed formal or informal training and have knowledge, skills and employment experience in this area, you may apply for RPL.

You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application and the CLET RPL team will assist you through the RPL assessment process. Apply for RPL below to commence the process. Click here for more information.

Credit is also available for this qualification. If you have completed previous study in this qualification, or an equivalent, you can provide a copy of your transcript/s from your earlier study and CLET will conduct a credit assessment.

Equipment required:

  • Modern computer (PC, Mac or tablet) with speakers and microphone
  • Internet (see the technical requirements accordion below for more information on computer and browser requirements

Software required:

  • Microsoft Office software with Word and PowerPoint, or equivalent for Mac or tablet
  • PDF documents are permitted for submission if using tablet applications such as 'Pages' to create your documents
  • Access to Zoom is provided
  • Some supporting (free) programs can be recommended such as Canva, MilaNote, Miro

Computer Specifications:

Windows PC / Laptop / Tablet

Apple Mac PC's


  • Android Latest
  • Latest version of Chrome

iPhone & iPad*

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

Firefox Browser does not support all software provided inside CLET online Study Cloud

CLET technical staff are available if any assistance is required.

Study Now (Online)

This course is a flexible, self paced external course - Study using the latest online software from home with 7 day a week support. No need to attend workshops.

Study from home: self paced

Course Start Dates (Timetable):

  • Monday 20/02/2023
  • Monday 20/03/2023


Apply for Credit for Prior Study

If you have already studied one or more of the same unit/s from this course, you may submit a request for credit for prior study before enrolling. Once approved this will reduce the course fee that you will be required to pay to complete the remainder of the course.


How do I choose the right course for me?

Why CLET Training?


  • RPL team leader is Dr Kate Martin
  • Assessing service personnel since 2006
  • RPL assessors understand civilian requirements 
  • RPL assessors degree and industry qualified
  • Modern interactive online RPL application process
  • Apply online 365 days a year
  • Securely upload your workplace evidence online
  • RPL assessment is obligation free
  • Nationally Recognised Qualifications
  • Low fees and flexible payment plans

Why study with CLET?

  • Offering online study options since 2006
  • Nationally Recognised Courses
  • Enrol 365 days a year
  • CLET's online system is called Study Cloud
  • Interactive online study and Assessments
  • Study resources available 24/7
  • No assessment due dates - study at your pace
  • Flexible payment plans
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Online/Phone and ZOOM Student Support

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