Course details

CRICOS course code: 105629A

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The Certificate IV in Talmudic Studies is designed to provide participants with advanced academic proficiency and analytical skills in Talmud, Chassidic Philosophy and Jewish Law. The course provides the background for a wide range of career options e.g. Jewish studies teacher, outreach worker, student counsellor, Youth Activities Director, Chaplain and the first stage in the pathway to ordination as a Rabbi.

The curriculum offered is suitable for both Australian and international students. The course is usually completed within two years of full-time study, however it may be completed earlier, if a student is able to demonstrate competence in all units of competency in less than two years. The course leads to the award of a Certificate IV in Talmudic Studies.


Training will be delivered via teacher-led classroom delivery, group activities and practical exercises as determined by the needs of the units of competency being delivered


Assessment of students will be based on their ability to achieve the requirements as defined for each unit of competency to the standard defined by the relevant performance criteria.

Due to the largely theoretical nature of the course, a number of different assessment methods may be used including: • Written assignments • Multiple choice examinations • Theoretical examinations • Classroom debate • Classroom presentations • Demonstration of skills

When required, assessment may occur in simulated assessment environments including real-life rabbinical settings: • Synagogues / Congregation to lead in prayer • Jewish educational settings with access to all the relevant equipment and resources of a religious Jewish functionary environment.

Students will require access to: • Relevant texts • Information and Communication Technology.

Students will be given advance warning of the time and form of any assessment and will not be expected to sit an assessment they have not been given reasonable opportunity to prepare for.

A satisfactory result in all of the forms of assessment in a given unit of competency is required in order to be deemed competent for that unit of competency. Students will be given an opportunity for at least one re-assessment for any competencies not achieved on the first attempt. Students should obtain from the relevant trainer/assessor the particular details of whether they are entitled to reassessment and, if applicable, a schedule and format of the reassessment.

A summary of the assessment tasks for each unit of competency will be provided by your trainer/assessor.

The trainers and assessors will provide verbal feedback to students in relation to their progress throughout the course.

Most tests have “critical” questions and non-critical ones. Only answers to the critical questions are used to measure competency (and passing the course). The critical questions will be identified as such on the test.

Some tests are “closed book” whilst others are “open book”. In the latter case, students will be advised as to which texts may be used for each test. Answers may be given in English, Hebrew or Yiddish.

If, at any time a student finds himself in difficulties understanding or completing an assessment task, he should talk to the trainer/assessor at the earliest stage possible.

Students may appeal an assessment decision through the normal ‘Complaints and Appeals’ process.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
Please contact the provider 27 Oct 2022 2 years
Full time
Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand
67 Alexandra Street
Melbourne Victoria 3183

Entry criteria

The Certificate IV in Talmudic Studies is open to young men who:

are at least 16 years of age

are Jewish according to Halacha

have a background in Jewish studies including a basic knowledge of key Jewish texts, laws and customs and,

are committed to pursuing the College’s aims and are prepared to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the College.

Some overseas applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English:

Students who are citizens of and holding passports issued by USA, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Republic of Ireland are exempt.

Students from other countries who have undertaken a minimum 5 years of study in English in Australia, South Africa or any of the above countries are also exempt.

Students from non-English speaking countries, who are not exempt (as above), acceptable evidence would include School certification and/or letters from the relevant School Principals that the high school/ Mesivta /Talmudic/Rabbinical college education they completed was conducted in English. If this is not available, an IELTS Test Band Score of 5.5 with no less than 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 5.5 in Reading and Writing is required.

Recommended entry requirements

must be able to read, comprehend and write Hebrew at a level that displays a detailed knowledge and vocabulary, as well as an appropriate use of key phrases and terminologies;

should be able to read and comprehend Yiddish. This requirement is advisory rather than prescriptive, however, entrants must be aware that they may experience difficulty undertaking the course unless they are able to read and comprehend Yiddish, and there is no remedial provision built into the course.


Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand
67 Alexandra Street
Melbourne Victoria 3183
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