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0.5 year/s



Not available to international students.

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The Charles Darwin University (CDU) Engineering, IT and Environment College delivers a First Nations pre-engineering course ideal for candidates working in an engineering environment who want to explore further study in engineering. The course offers practical and immersive exercises and activities that allow students to improve report writing and oral presentation skills and integrate fundamental science knowledge in solving engineering problems.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.


The fee for this course is $4,000.00.

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Why study at CDU?

Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

What will I study?

To complete the First Nations Pre-Engineering Course (Non-Award) students are required to complete the following unit.

Course structure

Upon successful completion a Certificate of Achievement will be issued.

CodeUnit TitleValue
ZSCENG002First Nations Pre-Engineering Course120
 Total 120


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is for First Nations people working in industry or government who would like to explore the career aspects and further studies in engineering.

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

Nikki Govan

Although wearing many hats has been challenging at times, the variety in my workload has also exposed me to more opportunities and on-the-job learning in a short amount of time.


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CDU student Srijana Ghimire standing against a backdrop of a national park in the Northern Territory

Course details

Location and study mode

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
General Education - Not Occupationally Specific
Area of study
Engineering and Mining, Engineering

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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Our students choose to study with us because we share the same vision – to make a positive change. Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction.

How to apply

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


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