Certified Copies of Original Documents

International student applicants seeking admission into a course of study at Australian Learning Group (ALG) or Ikon Institute of Australia must provide certified copies of the original documents to support their application.


A certified copy of an original document is one that has been verified as a true copy by an authorised person.


Who can certify documents

Australian Learning Group (ALG) or Ikon Institute of Australia may also accept documents certified by a person currently employed as an accountant, bank manager, barrister or attorney, police officer, postal manager or pharmacist where the individual is not related to the applicant. 


How to certify a document

The certifier must view the original document and verify it by completing the following:

1. Use a stamp or write by hand on the copy: " This is a true copy of the original document sighted by me" on each page of the document

2. Sign the statement on each page

3. Write by hand the following details:

  • name and business address
  • contact number
  • professional or occupational group (as listed above)
  • date certified

4. If the certifying office is a Justice of the Peace, the certifying officer must list the registration number and Australian state/territory of registration.


Documents not in English

Documents in a language other than English must be translated by an official translation service.

If in Australia, translators who are accredited by the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) may be used and can be located on the NAATI.

If not in Australia, an equivalent official translation service may be used, such as a Notary Public Office, or you may provide official translations issued by the awarding institution where your qualification has been completed.



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