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Qualifications & Graduations


The Institute holds graduation ceremonies to formally confer awards on students who have successfully completed a program of study.

Graduation ceremonies combine Western tradition with the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You are invited to graduate as soon as you been identified as having completed the requirements of your course. You are expected to advise if you want to attend the ceremony, and if you don’t you will be sent your Testamur by registered post.

Two main graduation ceremonies are held each year.

See Important dates webpage

2020 online graduation


Communities may make a request for one graduation ceremony to be held in a community in one academic year. These require the approval of the Director, Student Experience and applications need to be made at least three months in advance of the planned event.


Student Administration will provide you with the following, unless you have an outstanding encumbrance with Batchelor Institute:

  • Statement of Results: at the end of each semester (sent to your postal address).
  • Statement of Attainment: when you successfully complete one or more unit of competency or an accredited short course but do not meet the requirements for a qualification (as specified in the Training Package). The Statement of Attainment will list all the units you have passed.
  • Academic Transcripts: once you have been deemed by the relevant Faculty to have completed the requirements of the course.
  • AQF Qualification: the formal certification that you means you have completed a program of learning outcomes as described in the AQF.
  • Testamur*: for completed courses leading to an award (handed out at either a graduation ceremony, in absentia or an approved community graduation ceremony)

Testamurs include the legal name of the student as provided at the date of conferral of the award.

*From 2017 onwards, requests for the re-issue of a Batchelor Institute Testamur will incur a $50 administrative fee.


If a student has a current encumbrance with Batchelor Institute for a specified course, they will not be able to obtain any official documentation from the Institute nor participate in any graduation event.

If a student has a current encumbrance with Batchelor Institute and would like to resolve the encumbrance they will need to contact the Institute.

If you are wishing to attend a graduation event and have an encumbrance, this must be resolved with the Institute four (4) weeks prior to the specified graduation ceremony you wish to attend. Any late payments of encumbrances made by students, will not guarantee a place in the ceremony.

The Institute’s Encumbrance Policy can be viewed here Student Encumbrance Policy


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