10935NAT - Certificate II in Autonomous Technologies

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.


Mixed Mode, On-campus, Online, RPL/RCC/Credit


6 school terms (18-months)


Mixed Mode


16 units


This course is an entry-level pathway program for school-based students and focuses on developing the skills needed to adapt to existing and new automated technologies introduced as a result of Industry 4.0. Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work in entry level roles within autonomous environments and to undertake further education pathways in a range of technical, engineering, trade and information communication technology, innovative thinking, networking and programming. You'll learn to understand the programming language Python and use some of the coding, programming and simulator technologies. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, job opportunities in this area are expected to experience strong growth with more than 17,700 positions expected by 2026.

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.

Standard Course Structure


6 school terms (18-months)

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
ICTNWK308Determine and action network problems
MSMWHS201Conduct hazard analysis

Standard Course Structure

2023 JanuaryMixed Mode
2023 FebruaryMixed Mode
2023 JulyMixed Mode
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
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.

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. 

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
JobTrainer fee per unit$0
Fee for service$6,000.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee$752.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee$160.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$375.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee per unit$47.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee per unit$10.00 (2023)
No information available at this time.

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