Accredited Training Options

Living Languages offers two nationally recognised training programs.


10124NAT Certificate II in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program

We are currently reviewing the Certificate 2 and not able to offer this Certificate at the moment, but keep in touch for updates as we are happy to take expressions of interest.

This course provides a foundation and practice in the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP). MALLP is an intensive one-to-one language immersion method that has been developed specifically to support the revitalisation of Indigenous languages.

The goal is for language learners (Apprentices) to develop the ability to speak and hold everyday conversations in the language and for language speakers (Masters) to develop skills in teaching their language.  The Master-Apprentice Program uses an immersion language learning model so that a community of speakers of the target Indigenous language can be rebuilt or strengthened. Participants will explore the principles of the method and deepen their understanding of language immersion principles and methods. They will learn how to apply immersion language methods in pairs or small language teams as appropriate to their specific family, community or workplace context in order to support the reclamation, revitalisation and maintenance of Indigenous languages.

This course is suitable for individuals, family and community groups, staff in Aboriginal Language Centres and Indigenous Knowledge Centres, Aboriginal corporations, and teachers of language programs in schools, communities and Indigenous organisations who want to support the revitalisation of Indigenous languages.

For candidates who do not wish to be in the role of a Master (language speaker and teacher) or Apprentice (language learner), the course has been designed to allow candidates in other language program roles such as administrator or mentor to complete all other units aside from MALPRC206 Participate in a Master-Apprentice language learning team. Completion of individual units will therefore be recognised to allow the flexibility needed to meet the needs of Indigenous participants.

10541NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces

Core skills and competencies

Our Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces covers the following areas:

  • Linguistics: explore sounds and spelling systems, understand language families, make words & simple sentences in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

  • Language learning: practise speaking an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language

  • Project planning: identify language needs and build project teams

  • Technology for language work: use computers and the internet, make and edit language recordings, digitise old recordings

  • Advocacy: develop a campaign to raise awareness of language issues, make a presentation

Delivery & assessment

  • On-site delivery in your community, workplace, or a regional centre

  • Homework between training blocks

  • Distance support from Living Languages trainers available

If you satisfactorily complete individual units, you will receive a Statement of attainment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be available

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in this program.

Course capacity

Minimum: 10 students

Maximum: 15 students

Living Languages is currently seeking expressions of interest from groups and organisation interested in enrolling in the updated qualification - Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Work - in 2020, pending re-accreditation. The course will be delivered in partnership with Ripponlea Institute (TOID 21230) who are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).



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Living Languages gratefully acknowledges the support of the Indigenous Languages and Arts program which has funded the development of these certificates.