**This qualification is no longer being offered by LTSA**

Course Outline

This course assists in the launch or acceleration of your library career by consolidating your practical library experience with formal qualifications. Designed to qualify you as a Library Assistant with potential leadership capability, work at this level will give you a deeper understanding of key library functions, and will enable you to function at a higher level, whilst getting practical experience.

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to perform a range of tasks in increasingly complex environments and situations, including:

  • assisting customers with increasingly complex inquiries
  • analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources
  • expanding knowledge of cataloguing processes
  • improving research skills
  • obtaining items not held in your library through inter-library loans and document supply services
  • planning and delivering library-related activities, events and public programs
  • understanding and promoting copyright adherence in a library context
  • providing leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Building on solid foundations and accelerating your Library and Information Services career!

The BSB42115 Certificate IV in Library and Information Services is Nationally Recognised and LTSA is registered by ASQA.

COURSE Structure

The Certificate IV qualification is composed of 15 units (6 core units, and 9 elective units)

Core Units

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
BSBLIB303 Provide multimedia support
BSBLIB402 Consolidate and maintain industry knowledge

Elective Units *

BSBLIB403 Complete a range of cataloguing activities
BSBLIB404 Use integrated library management systems
BSBLIB201 Assist with circulation services
BSBLIB306 Process and maintain information resources
BSBLIB405 Assist customers to access information
BSBLIB406 Obtain information from external and networked sources
BSBLIB407 Search library and information databases
CUAEVP401 Present information on activities, events and public programs
ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

* Please note that units may change from time-to-time, depending on industry feedback and consultation. Students will be advised should this occur.

COURSE Duration

  • 15 months full time (one unit per month)
  • 23 months part time (at one unit every six weeks)

COURSE Delivery

All units are delivered via distance education.

Entry Requirements

Prospective students are required to:

  • be enrolled in or have completed Year 10 or equivalent
  • be either working in a library or volunteering in a library for a minimum of 8 hours each week
  • possess computer skills and have access to a computer and the internet at work or home
  • complete practical tasks in a library workplace and have access to a workplace supervisor who can sign off on any practical tasks

Study Requirements

Students are required to:

  • commit to studying at least 8 hours per week
  • commit to achieving regular positive study outcomes and progression through their course
  • commit to submitting their best quality work
  • commit to communicating with LTSA so that we can help support you through your course


  • Customer Services Officer
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Digital Services Officer
  • Information Services Assistant
  • Installation Assistant
  • Interlibrary Loans Assistant
  • Document Supply Assistant
  • Library Assistant/Officer
  • Library Aide (school libraries)
  • Shelving Assistant
  • Circulation/Lending Services Assistant

Course Investment

The standard investment involved for studying a Certificate IV in Library and Information Services is $6,150 (which includes a non-refundable Administration Fee of $150)**.

LTSA strives to make vocational education as accessible and flexible as possible. Thus, we have a number of methods for payment:

  1. Employer/Third Party Funded: Pay up-front or in 4 x quarterly instalments.
  2. Self Funded: Pay in 15 instalments on a payment plan. Your first instalment will be $550, which includes the $150 administration fee. Your remaining 14 instalments are then $400 each. If you study full-time, you’ll be invoiced monthly; if you study part-time, you’ll be invoiced every six weeks. Please note that your payment plan is set up at enrolment and the payment schedule is not impacted by changes to your study plan (except in the case of deferments).

Please note that LTSA is here to support its students, and should any hardship occur, we are always happy to discuss flexible payment options for students.

**Government funding may be available to eligible candidates. For more information, please review our Funding page.

Please contact us with any questions.

This qualification is no longer being offered by LTSA.