About this Course
This is a relevant training course for individuals who regularly are requested to witness documents in their job. When you successfully complete this course in community justice through our registered training organisation you will be able to assume this voluntary role for community justice.
The 10793NAT Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assist them in their community volunteering responsibilities of witnessing and certifying documents. This 1-day course (plus pre and post course work), enables eligible applicants to apply to become a Commissioner for Declarations – the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will charge an additional fee for your registration.
The CDEC course will equip you with the knowledge to take on an administrative role, without any judicial function – so you don’t deal with any type of court process.
The professional services a CDEC can provide are of crucial importance for upholding the law. A CDEC can:
- witness important documents
- witness signatures
- witness statutory declarations
- witness affidavits
- witness and administer oaths and affirmations
- certify a true copy of an original document
Upon the successful completion of the assessment process of the Commissioner for Declarations course, there are still services you cannot provide. A CDEC cannot:
- issue search warrants
- issue arrest warrants for any criminal offences
- grant bail
Assessment is completed by open book, question and answer, from home, following the 1 day in class. This CDEC course can also be completed by distance learning (once you click on Book Now, choose the closest Intake Date to when you want to start – the Intake Date is only for our office purposes, you are welcome to start the books as soon as you have made payment). You have up to 12 months to complete and submit your assessment.
There are a number of restrictions/pre-requisites when it comes to applying for the commissioner for declarations course and following this registration – please ensure you check these below, before enrolling.
For anyone wishing to become a Justice of the Peace, please see our Justice of the Peace course page for further information about completing a course in community justice. By finishing our Justice of the Peace course you will be able to start providing community justice services for this vital and responsible role too.
Note: For international students – we are not a CRICOS training organisation. Please check your visa requirements for enrolment. We cannot accept international students who are here on a student visa.
Face to Face or Virtual Classroom
1 day in class (either face to face in one of our training rooms, or via live online Zoom class), with pre and post course work required. The exam to be completed post course at your own pace. Our Virtual courses are being offered via the online portal ‘Zoom’ (cloud-based video conferencing platform), delivered live with a trainer. You will be able to actively engage with your fellow students and trainer, in the comfort and safety of your own home. You will need a laptop or computer (preferably with a camera), with access to the internet.
Intake dates are every Monday. Intake Dates are for our office purposes only – workbooks will be sent to you as soon as payment has been made, regardless of intake date chosen – so just choose the closest Intake Date to when you want to enrol.
There are a number of restrictions that will prevent an individual from being appointed to provide professional services required by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations.
We also recommend a minimum entry requirement of Grade 10 level of English reading and writing.
Participants of a CDEC course must be:
- An Australian citizen
- 18 years of age or older
- Of good character
- Registered on the state electoral roll
You cannot apply or hold office as a JP or CDEC if you:
- have been convicted of a serious offence at any time
- have been convicted of more than 2 offences at any time
- have been convicted of an indictable offence of any kind in the last 5 years
- have been convicted of an alcohol or drug driving offence in the last 5 years
- have been convicted of more than 2 traffic offences in the last 4 years (i.e. convictions under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995)
- are an undischarged bankrupt (i.e. not yet free from bankruptcy)
- have been convicted of more than 6 offences under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995) in a 4 year period (you are not qualified to be appointed as a JP or CDEC for 5 years after the date of your last conviction)
For further information on applying to be a JP or CDEC, please click here.
1-Day Face to Face Workshop
This 1-day course costs just AUD$295. Fee is comprised of: $100 non refundable registration fee, $20 resource fee, and $175 tuition fee. Includes all required text books, and tea and coffee.
1-Day Virtual Workshop
This 1-day course, delivered live with a trainer and fellow students via Zoom (cloud-based live video conferencing platform), costs just AUD$275. Fee is comprised of: $100 non refundable registration fee, $20 resource fee, and $155 tuition fee. Includes all required text books.
The Commissioner for Declarations course can also be completed by distance learning at a cost of AUD$250. Fee is comprised of: $100 non refundable registration fee, $20 resource fee, and $130 assessor fee. Includes all required text books.
Note: all pricing is in Australian Dollars.
Please note that deposits are non-refundable, and once the course is paid in full, no refund will be given for cancellations unless 5 business days’ notice is given (less a 20% administration fee). Should we need to postpone a course for any reason, every effort will be made to reschedule the course within the following two months. If however, this is not possible, or the rescheduled dates do not suit, participants will be entitled to a full refund.
Once payment has been made on a distance learning course, and study materials have been issued, no refunds are available.
What You Will Learn
10793NAT Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assist them in their community volunteering responsibilities. Completing this course within the stated period will enable you to witness signing documents and certify documents.
Units of Competency
QCJWIT001 Witness or certify documents
Why Study with RAM
At RAM, we pride ourselves on providing quality training by expert trainers, with extensive backgrounds and knowledge in their subject area. Not only that, we ensure you have the support you need, via trainers, tools and business related resources for the duration of your entire course.
You will leave your CDEC course confident that you were properly trained in your new found skills and knowledge. Successfully completing our training will prepare you perfectly for your new role.
We also provide access to our Commissioner For Declarations course resources electronically, for your future reference and use.