10935NAT - Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies

DurationThere are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.
Gladstone and
Next intakeFebruary, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Mixed Mode, Online, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units16


The Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies (10935NAT) is a unique entry level qualification that introduces you to a variety of skills that can be utilised in different career opportunities in the emerging and expanding area of autonomous technologies. The course has been specifically designed to provide an entry-level pathway program for school-based students.

Explore a range of exciting possibilities with this entry-level qualification and build foundation skills for your future in electronic design, programming, or industrial design. The Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies is a Start TAFE Now (STN) in schools course.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this course will prepare you to enter and work within the fields of autonomous environments or continue with further study in this area. 

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


6 school terms (18-months)



Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTPRG302Apply introductory programming techniques
MSMSUP390Use structured problem-solving tools
MSMWHS200Work safely
VU22324Build a simple network and establish end to end connectivity
VU22338Configure and program a basic robotic system
NAT10935009Conduct a basic autonomous technology project
NAT10935008Use basic positioning technology
NAT10935007Prepare basic programs for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for autonomous applications
NAT10935006Configure autonomous embedded systems
NAT10935004Design basic logic ladder diagrams for autonomous electric control circuits
NAT10935003Design basic fluid power logic diagrams for autonomous systems
NAT10935002Handle technical communication in autonomous environments
NAT10935001Work effectively in autonomous environments
NAT10935005Produce a documentation suite for autonomous systems


Unit CodeUnit Name
ICTNWK308Determine and action network problems
MSMWHS201Conduct hazard analysis

Start TAFE Now (STN)


18 months

Standard Course Structure

January, 2023Mixed Mode, Mackay City
February, 2023Mixed Mode, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton City
July, 2023Mixed Mode, Rockhampton

BMA trainees Group A and B

April, 2023On-campus, Rockhampton

Start TAFE Now (STN)

February, 2024Mixed Mode, Mackay, On-campus, Rockhampton City
July, 2024Mixed Mode, Gladstone

This course has no residential schools.


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

February intakes open to Year 10 and 11 students. July intakes open to Year 10 students only, due to the 18-month duration.

Completion of the BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course. It is highly recommended that students have attained a Sound Achievement (SA) result in year 10 numeracy and literacy subjects or equivalent prior to enrolling in this course. There are no other entry requirements.

Resources required: It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access CQUniversity's online learning management system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all CQUniversity locations.

CQUniversity online students must have access to a Windows 10 or 11 computer. Some tasks cannot be done on a Mac M1 computer. You will also require access to personal stationery and a USB or external hard drive (minimum 1TB).

Need to know: The course is 18 months (6 school terms) in duration. Compulsory face-to-face attendance is required 1-day per week at a CQUniversity campus.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$6,000
Fee for service per unit$375
VET in Schools $0
Co-Contribution Fee$752
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$160
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$47
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$10

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$6,304
Fee for service per unit$394
Co-Contribution Fee$800
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$192
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$50
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$12

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. This includes proof of your:

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Start TAFE Now Application Documents

If you are applying via our Start TAFE Now Program you will need to ensure you attached the following documents to your application:

Step 4: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.