Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW)

Jobs and Skills WA: NOW course for women
Boost your confidence, get ready for new opportunities!

The Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women is a program specifically for women — especially those who have been out of paid employment for a while or are thinking about going into study.

The course offers women an opportunity to explore different career options, and includes workshops to build self confidence along the way. You'll also gain computer skills, as well as boost your skills in maths, reading and writing. Employability skills including communication and teamwork will also be covered.

This is the perfect pathway back into work or study, for women who just need a little extra support and assistance in taking those first steps. 

Foundation skills
Industry: English, Languages and Foundation Studies
National course code: 52877WA | WA State ID: BGR13

Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course

To find out more about doing this course at a WA TAFE college, select one of the TAFEs listed below to read their course descriptions. You'll also be able to see at which TAFE campus/es the course is delivered.

If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

If you're a woman looking to return to study or the workforce or just want to improve your general skills, this course is for you.

This course serves as a bridging program for women who have typically had a break from the workforce and are looking to embark on a new career direction. The course offers women an opportunity to explore various career options, build self-confidence and gain academic standards necessary to enter vocational offerings.

You will develop your skills in

  • Managing personal and family health and safety
  • Developing strategies to succeed in learning
  • Increasing personal effectiveness 
  • Establishing personal goals
  • Exploring career options 
  • Developing a career action plan 
  • Examining further education and training opportunities 
  • Improving written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Performing simple math for everyday situations and develop basic computer skills.

The Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW) is a well‐established Access and Participation program. This qualification is designed to support women in their work and career prospects. Enabling women to develop the requisite social, personal and employability skills to support their transition into work, further education and community participation.

The Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW) maintains an inclusive pathway for students. It provides generic and transferable entry level outcomes that support the individual pathway choices of a diverse range of learners. 

Students can expect to achieve a range of Educational and Vocational outcomes, not limited to;

  • Verbal and Written Communication skills allowing them to interact professionally with people in the workplace and in the wider community
  • Personal Development Strategies and Problem Solving skills  
  • Computing and digital technology skills 

Vocational outcomes for learners who complete (NOW) include the development of:

  • strategies to assist in solving problems
  • confidence to seek further employment
  • preparatory skills for effective participation in a community or work environment by developing knowledge and skills to meet industry/workplace standards
  • preparatory skills for workplace expectations

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page(opens in a new tab) .

On completion of this course women will have a better understanding of what opportunities are available in the workforce, pursue a career or use the course as an introduction to further study.

  • personal development strategies
  • verbal and written communication skills
  • computing and digital technology skills
  • problem solving skills
  • financial literacy skills and basic maths skills
  • personal health and safety knowledge
  • confidence to seek educational opportunities

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is also available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider’s website for further information.

This qualification provides women participants with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence in their journey to commencing study or returning to the workforce, focussing on employability and foundation skills for employment.

Delivery locations

Perth Metro
Peel Region

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.