Accredited English as Additional Language (EAL) Courses

Please note: Due to COVID-19, our courses are being delivered remotely. Students are being provided with alternative ways to engage in learning from home. See our dedicated COVID-19 page HERE for more information.


Improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, numeracy and computer skills, while learning about the Australian workplace and culture. Students will develop language and literacy skills needed for employment, vocational training and community participation.

We offer the EAL Framework at 5 levels from beginner to advanced level:

  • 22482VIC Course in Initial EAL
  • 22483VIC Course in EAL
  • 22484VIC Certificate I in EAL (Access)
  • 22485VIC Certificate II in EAL (Access)
  • 22486VIC Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Study Hours

We offer full time and part time study options. Students can study for up to 5 days per week, depending on their requirement. Classes run between 9:30am and 3pm weekdays.

Course Duration

All English courses run over one year, generally according to school terms. Dates for Term 3 are 13 July - 18 Semptember.

Pre Training Interview

A Pre Training Interview is conducted before enrolment. At the interview we assess the prospective students’ eligibility, English language proficiency and how the courses will contribute to goals for employment and further study.

To book a Pre-Training interview to access eligibility, English language proficiency and goals for employment and further study, contact CNLC.

Eligibility Requirements

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Victorian government-subsidised training places are available in our EAL courses according to a number of Eligibility criteria. Persons holding a qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma) or higher are not eligible for our EAL courses. 
Prospective students must provide the following evidence of eligibility prior to enrolment. 
Evidence of Citizenship, residency and age.
A signed declaration regarding education history and number of courses enrolled in one year.
To find out if you are eligible, call us or follow this link.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. 

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

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The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants for functional English. Please call to check eligibility.

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)

Up to 650 hours of free language, literacy and numeracy training for eligible jobseekers receiving Newstart, Parenting payment or Disability Support Pension. A referral is needed from Centrelink or a Job Active Provider. Students can enrol in the SEE program on a fulltime or part time basis; between 10 and 25 hours per week.

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Full fee for service places are available to those not eligible for government subsidised places.