Intro to Personal Computers

Windows 10 and Office 2013

This course is aimed at users with minimal computer experience.  It is designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of how to use a computer.  The skills covered include the basics of the various software programs, start applications, creating folders, copying and moving files and personalising Windows.  Learners will need to have a computer at home so as to practice their skills.

Date: Tuesdays. Next course commences 25th July for eight weeks
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $20. Concession: $10. Not funded: $200. Materials: $50
Outcome: Attendance Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: email - admin@livinglearning.org.au
phone - 5941 2389
in person - 6B Henry Street Pakenham

Windows 10


This course is designed for users who are keen to learn how to operate this Microsoft software to perform tasks such as: starting applications, creating folders, copying and moving files, creating and using libraries, performing searches, and personalising Windows. It would be preferable for learners to have a computer at home so as to practice their skills.


Date: Mondays. Next course commences 24th July for eight weeks
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $20. Concession: $10. Not funded: $200. Materials: $50
Outcome: Attendance Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: email - admin@livinglearning.org.au
phone - 5941 2389
in person - 6B Henry Street Pakenham

Microsoft Office Suite Programs

Microsoft Office 2013 is the suite of software which most computer users will have access to. These courses are for users with some computer experience to learn how to use individual software programs for business or personal use at both a beginners and a more advanced level.

Learners can enrol in any one of the following programs: 

Microsoft Word (Level 1 & Level 2) 
Microsoft Excel (Level 1 & Level 2) 
Microsoft Outlook (Level 1 & Level 2) 
Microsoft PowerPoint (Level 1 & Level 2) 
Microsoft Publisher (Level 1 &Level 2) 
Microsoft SharePoint (Level 1 & Level 2) 

This program is self-paced and runs for eight weeks. Learners can enrol and commence at any time throughout the term.

Date: Mondays
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Level: Beginners
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Microsoft Excel 2013 for Business

This suite of one day workshops are aimed at small businesses and upskilling employees. Each covers a different depth of skill, with a focus on more and more complex tasks.

Introduction to Excel - Creating and using spreadsheets, navigating, working with formulas and functions, formatting techniques creating charts and altering the layout.
 
Intermediate Excel - Advanced techniques in formatting, page set up, ranges, complex formulas, financial functions, conditional formatting and an introduction to Pivot tables.
 
Advanced Excel - Advanced Pivot table techniques, macros, protecting data, importing data, data linking, data consolidation, Scenario Manager, and data validation techniques.

If the nominated course dates do not suit, we are able to negotiate other dates and times with a minimum of four participants.


Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Cost: $175
Outcome: Attendance Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Office Skills for Employment

This course is perfect for employees who are returning to work after a workplace injury.

If you would like to work in an office, but have no experience, then this course is for you! 

Over nine weeks you will complete ten units which will cover the specialist skills required to be successful, working in an office environment. Following completion of this course you will have improved your typing skills, learnt how to format formal text documents, use a spreadsheet, developed customer service skills, use a variety of business technology and be able to work cohesively within a team. Each learner will receive a comprehensive certificate to complement your resume.

Following completion, volunteer positions at the Centre may be available to boost your CV.


Date: Wednesday and Friday 16 Aug - 13 Oct (9 weeks)
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $150. Concession: $50. Not Funded: $1750. Materials: $150.
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL)

The VCAL Certificate    What is it?

The Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL) was devised to fill the need for a Year 11 & 12 course which suited all those students for whom the VCE, as a pathway to higher education, was too narrow.

The VCAL Certificate aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable students to make informed choices regarding pathways to work and further education.

Personal development, the utilization of a student's particular interests, and new pathways for senior secondary students, in the context of applied learning are underpinning principles of the VCAL Certificate.

VCAL acknowledges this within:

The development of knowledge and employability skills that help prepare the individual for employment and for the participation in the broader context of family, community and life long learning.

The development of knowledge and skills that assist the individual to make informed vocational choices within specific industry sectors and/or facilitate pathways to further learning. Active involvement of students negotiating their learning programs. Student centred experiential learning through activities that are structured and sequential.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre (MPLCC) will require you to attend an interview to determine how we can best meet your needs and future pathway.

What subjects make up VCAL?

Students who undertake the VCAL Certificate will develop an individual learning program with their VCAL Coordinator by selecting units and modules from each of the VCAL strands.

Strand One: Literacy & Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy components must be included in your VCAL program. Here at MPLCC we will assess your literacy and numeracy levels and discuss with you what your best options will be. The literacy and numeracy units will be taught from the Certificate of General Education for Adults or VCE English and Maths units.

Strand Two: Industry Specific Skills

A combination of selected units or modules from VET certificates must be achieved and curriculum selected will provide a range of experiences to assist students to make informed decisions for future pathways in employment or study. Examples of VET Certificate II available at MPLCC:

  • Information Technology
  • Community Services
  • Aged Care
  • Youth Care
  • Disability
  • HACC
  • First Aid
  • Food Handling
  • Children's Services

A negotiated education plan is available in partnership with other providers.

Strand Three: Work Related Skills

The purpose of the Work Related Skills strand is to develop employability skills, knowledge and attitudes valued with community and work environments as a preparation for part-time work, apprenticeships, work placement or on-the-job learning related to your VET Certificate. Skills in Occupational Health & Safety and Environment are also considered essential work related skills.

Strand Four: Personal Development Skills

Personal Development includes self-esteem and personal qualities developed through valuing personal achievement and contributions for the benefits of community or personal growth. This may involve demonstration of leadership, teamwork skills, accepting responsibility for goal achievement and reflecting on knowledge and skills for decision making and problem solving.

How long will it take?

Flexible Learning options are negotiated depending on the students needs.

What you get after successfully completing the VCAL Certificate?

When you have successfully completed your VCAL program, you will receive a VCAL Certificate for the level of VCAL you chose to complete. You will also get a statement of results, listing all VCE, VCE/VET and VCAL units, and a further statement of attainment for VET or Further Education courses.

Where can VCAL take you

VCAL can articulate into Certificate IV Level studies, traineeships, apprenticeships and paid employment.
Will the VCAL Certificate get you ready to enter a trade?

Once you have completed your VCAL Certificate you will have earned credit points towards a trade or industry certificate and will have knowledge of areas such as Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S). This prior learning will be recognized and count towards your apprenticeship or traineeships.

Can I work part-time and/or continue an apprenticeship while enrolled in the VCAL Certificate?

You can gain recognition and credit for part-time work while enrolled in VCAL. This work can include:

  • Part-time apprenticeship or traineeships
  • Part-time work
  • Work placement
  • Work experience


Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Certificate III in Education Support CHC30213

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of education settings, including public and independent schools and community education settings, who provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 9:00am - 2.30pm
Level: Certificate III
Cost: Funded $870 Concession $550 Fee for Service $2,720
Outcome: Certificate III
Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Certificate III in Individual Support - CHC33015

This course reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason

Date: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Level: Certificate III
Cost: Funded $970 Concession $730 Fee For Service $3,170
Outcome: Certificate III
Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Certificate IV in Aging Support - CHC43015

The Ageing Support qualification reflects the role of support workers who complete specialised tasks and functions in aged services, either in residential, home or community based environments. This qualification supersedes Certificate IV in Aged Care and Home & Community Care.

Date: 14th July - 7 December
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Level: Certificate IV
Outcome: Diploma
Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Certificate IV in Disability - CHC43115

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. 

Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team

Date: 11 July - March 2017
Time: 5:15pm - 9:15pm
Level: Certificate IV
Outcome: Diploma
Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. It covers all aspects of first aid, including dealing with anaphylaxis and asthma management.

This unit is now a core unit of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Date: 14 July, 11 Aug, 13 Oct, 1 Dec
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Level: Level 3
Cost: $160
Provider: Asthma Foundation Australia RTO4987
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

CPR - HLTAID001

It is recommended that you update your CPR training annually. Includes registered certificates, workbook and textbook.

Date: 14 Jul, 11 Aug, 13 Oct, 1 Dec
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $75
Provider: Asthma Foundation Australia RTO4987
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

FIRST AID Level 2 - HLTAID003

This comprehensive first aid course is valuable knowledge for everyone and is required in many workplaces. Costs include registered certificate, bandagesm textbook and workbook. First Aid Level 2 covers CPR, bandaging and basic wound management, bleeding injuries, burns, limb injuries, head, neck and spinal injuries, poisoning, bites and stings, overexposure to heat and cold.

Volunteers may be eligible for Cardinia Shire subsidy.

Students will collect the workbook at enrolment and must complete the workbook before the course date. Students should enroll no less that one week prior to the course date. The one day course will cover all the practical elements of the course

Date: 14 Jul, 11 Aug, 13 Oct, 1 Dec
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Level: Level 2
Cost: $140
Provider: Asthma Foundation Australia RTO4987
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Food Handling Level 1 - SITXFSA101

Use hygienic practices for food safety, face to face delivery.

This certificate is essential for staff and volunteers involved in the preparation, storage and serving of food and beverage, whether it be handling food in a cafe, restaurant, school canteen, hotel, supermarket, fast food shop, sandwich shop, catering operations, or other food retail outlets.  

Subsidies for volunteers within Cardinia Shire apply.

Date: 16th Jun, 19 Aug, 14 Oct, 2 Dec
Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: $110
Outcome: Certificate I
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham RTO3913
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care - CHC30113

This course reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

Date: Monday & Tuesday
Time: 9.30am 2.30pm
Level: Certificate III
Cost: Funded $770 Concession $450 Fee for Service $2,700
Provider: Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre Inc. RTO 3952
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham

English for Everyday Living

Come and practice your English skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.  This program is aimed a migrants with a wish to improve their English language skills without the pressure of formal curriculum or assessments.  

Activities will include conversational practice of spoken English with topics around settlement services, local agencies, family services, making appointments, the education system, the electoral system and more.  Excursions, role play, presentations and a variety of activities will help participants extend their English language knowledge and build confidence.  There will also be opportunity for participants to bring topics of their own choosing for learning purposes.

Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.  Funded places are available dependent on eligibility. 


Date: Every Thursday except school holidays
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $115. Concession: $50. Not Funded: $720.
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Reading, Writing and Speaking English

This program provides an opportunity for learners to develop and practice their functional English language skills in terms of reading, writing and speaking English. These skills vary, from basic literacy and numeracy such as reading and writing letters of the alphabet and basic money transactions, to making appointments, reading and filling out forms, writing letters and emails, engaging in telephone exchanges, reading and responding to correspondence.  All activities are specifically targeted at current individual skill. The classroom setting is relaxed and learners are not required to participate in formal assessments.

Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.  Funded places are available dependent on eligibility. 


Date: Every Wednesday except school holidays
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $115. Concession: $50. Not Funded: $720.
Outcome: Attendance Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Intermediate English

This course is designed  to assist learners of English to further consolidate their skills.  This will assist you to improve your pronunciation and understanding of spoken English, as well as to further improve your grammar and syntax.  This course is also relevant for those wishing to improve their IELTS score for immigration or for study purposes.  Entry is subject to an interview prior to enrolment.


Date: Wednesdays 2 Aug - 20 Sep (Term 3 - 8 weeks), 11 Oct - 29 Nov (Term 4 - 8 weeks)
Time: 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $30. Concession: $20. Not Funded: $210.
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Work Skills for Migrants

This program provides an opportunity for CALD learners to learn about Australian workplace culture, including informal language such as local slang, idioms and colloquialisms, identify a career pathway, prepare a resume and write a cover letter.  Learners will also be encouraged to identify opportunities to participate in unpaid volunteer work as a means of obtaining work experience. 

Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.  Funded places are available dependent on eligibility. 


Date: Every Wednesday except school holidays
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
Level: Beginners
Cost: Funded: $115. Concession: $50. Not Funded: $720.
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Women's Leadership Course

This course is for Women who may want to become mentors and who would benefit from developing skills to enable them to more actively engage in Australian communities.

This course is designed to;

  • Improve skills and prepare learners for job employment opportunities and further education.
  • Understand concepts such as Multiculturalism, diversity, social inclusion and Women's rights/Human rights
  • Develop skills in self-awareness, assertiveness, leadership, communication and teamwork.
  • Explore methods of working with community groups, local government and within projects
  • How to build partnerships effectively and manage tasks in collaboration with others
  • Understanding funding grant requirements
  • Develop Lobbying and advocacy skills to become a Mentor for others
  • Understand basic Australian Small Business management practices/requirements.
  • Understand the skills required for public speaking
  • Develop an understanding of employment pathway opportunities for women in Australia

Learners will receive verbal acknowledgement throughout the course and will be presented with a Learn Local certificate of Participation in Women's Leadership on completion.


Date: Contact us for next available dates
Time: Fridays 9.30am - 2.30pm for 7 weeks
Cost: Funded: $45 or Concession: $20 Not funded: $360
Outcome: Learn Local Participation Certificate
Provider: Living Learning Pakenham Inc.
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Clients who hold a green Medicare Card are considered eligible for funding.

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs - CHC43215

Course Overview

Under the guidance of professional trainers with extensive practical experience, develop foundation skills and knowledge to:

  • implement health promotion and community interventions
  • use communication to build relationships and develop networks and partnerships.

Develop your knowledge in preparation for working in community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Placement recommendations

It is recommended that learners complete a minimum of 80 hours of work placement while undertaking this course.

Job opportunities

  • Rehabilitation support worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Family support worker
  • Drug and alcohol support worker
  • Case worker

Combine this qualification with a Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)  to widen your job options.


Date: contact us for start dates
Time: contact us for more information
Level: Certificate IV
Cost: SFP* eligible with concession $65.40. SFP* eligible standard $327.00. Full Fee $3,924
Outcome: Certificate IV
Provider: Karingal Training RTO 5553
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Other Info: * Skills First Program (SFP) funding for eligibility individuals
Enrolment Info: Entry Requirements:
Learner must undergo a pre-training review, including a language, Literacy and Numeracy evaluation to determine course suitability prior to enrollment. Compulsory work placement requirements (national police check and valid working with children's check) may apply. 

Certificate IV in Youth Work - CHC40413

This nationally Recognised Qualification will assist you to effectively offer a guiding hand to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Give people aged 10 - 25 years abilities, confidence and resilience to live positively. 

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs designed to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

Work may be in community, government and youth sector agencies and largely self-directed with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.

Placement Recommendations

It is recommended that learners complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement while undertaking this course.

Career Opportunities

  • Youth case worker
  • Youth housing worker
  • Community care workers

Learning Pathways

  • CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Date: contact us for start dates
Time: contact us for more information
Level: Certificate IV
Cost: contact us for more information. Skills First Program (SFP) funding for eligibility individuals.
Outcome: Certificate IV
Provider: Karingal Training RTO 5553
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Entry Requirements:
Learner must undergo a pre-training review, including a language, Literacy and Numeracy evaluation to determine course suitability prior to enrollment. Compulsory work placement requirements (national police check and valid working with children's check) may apply. 

Certificate III in Community Services - CHC32015

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of entry level community services workers who support individuals through the provision of person-centred services. Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or support the implementation of specific community-based programs.

  • Learn to respond to client needs and work with diverse people.
  • Develop skills to follow safe work practices for direct client care.

Career opportunities

  • Migrant support worker
  • Neighborhood centre worker
  • Youth support worker
  • Volunteer coordinator

Learning Pathways

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing,  Home and Community)
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability

Date: contact us for start dates
Time: contact us
Level: Certificate III
Cost: contact us for more information. Skills First Program (SFP) funding for eligibility individuals.
Outcome: Certificate III
Provider: Karingal Training RTO 5553
Venue: LLP - 6 Henry St Pakenham
Enrolment Info: Entry Requirements:
Learner must undergo a pre-training review, including a language, Literacy and Numeracy evaluation to determine course suitability prior to enrollment. Compulsory work placement requirements (national police check and valid working with children's check) may apply.

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