How to Certify a Document

A Certified Document

Documents submitted for student applications to AFTT must be either original or certified copies. A certified copy of a document is when an approved certifying official has seen both the original and the copy, and the official has deemed it to be a true copy. 

Within Australia, a number of people can certify documents. They include:

  • AFTT staff member
  • The Admissions Office or Student Administration of any Australian university or college
  • Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre, Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT), or Victoria Tertiary Admissions Centre
  • Police officer
  • Bank manager or credit union branch manager
  • Solicitor, barrister or patent attorney
  • Pharmacist
  • Postal manager
  • Principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
  • Accountant who is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or the Australian Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or be a Registered Tax Agent
  • Commissioner for declarations


  • The official records department of the institution that originally issued the documents
  • Approved education agents of AFTT (please contact for a list of approved agents in your country)
  • Australian embassy or consulate

The authorised person must:

  • Cite the original document and write on the copy “This is a true copy of the original documents cited by me”
  • Sign and print their name
  • Provide an address and contact telephone number
  • State their profession or occupation group
  • Write the date certified
  • Stamp the copy with the official stamp or seal of their organisation (if they have one).
  • AFTT reserves the right to refuse documentation on the grounds of incorrect certification. Falsifying documents is a very serious offence, which may result in your application for admission being refused by AFTT.