Frequently Asked Questions

QLD Commissioner for Declarations and Justice of the Peace (Qualified) Courses

A: The QLD Commissioner for Declarations course primarily prepares students to witness documents such as, statutory declarations, affidavits, oaths and affirmations as well as certifying copies of documents. This course is a practical option for those who are regularly requested to witness documents as part of their job.

The QLD Justice of the Peace (Qualified) course equips students with the skills and competencies required to undertake a broader range of duties associated with administering justice in Queensland. While witnessing documents remains a fundamental part of the role, JPs may also issue summonses and warrants as well as execute minor bench duties at Queensland magistrate’s courts.

The CDec course is a shorter course; the JP (Qual) course is longer as there are additional areas of competency.

A: Commissioner for Declarations course – 24 dedicated study hours (average)

Justice of the Peace (Qual) course – 40 dedicated study hours (average)

Students have 3 months to finish the course and may submit their completed assessments at anytime during the 3 month timeframe. Extensions of time must be applied for in writing at advising the reason for the request and anticipated completion time.

A: Anyone may do the course. However, should you wish to become a qualified JP (Qual) or Commissioner for Declarations after completing the course, you may confirm your eligibility by visiting the Department of Justice and Attorney General website or contacting the JP Branch on 1300 301 147:

A: No. ANRAN Training is committed to providing a cost effective, quality service. Due to the duration of the course, credit card payments will attract high merchant fees. To avoid unnecessary costs being built into course fees and passed onto our students, our preferred payment method is a direct transfer to the ANRAN Training account, which enables fast processing and sustainable operations.

A: No. As an RTO we provide the training and assessment component necessary to become a qualified Commissioner for Declarations and Justice of the Peace (Qual). Upon completion of the training, we issue students with their Statement of Attainment, Record of Results and Letter of Advice.

Once students obtain their Statement of Attainment, they may apply to become qualified at the Department of Justice and Attorney General’s website:
> Scroll down to: How to apply > click Apply to become a JP or Cdec

A: The Commissioner for Declarations and Justice of the Peace (Qual) courses require competency based assessment. This means students must provide a satisfactory response for all questions and activities to achieve competency. While this may sound daunting, it is possible and, indeed attainable, as long as students apply themselves and pay attention to detail. As an RTO, it is our role to administer assessments in a way which enables students to demonstrate their competence.

We do this by:

a) Enabling students to conduct self-paced study during which time students are encouraged to email their questions to ANRAN. Our trainers will generally respond within 1 hour during business hours. Trainers are also available by phone or after hours (within reason) upon request.
b) Providing students with detailed and specific feedback for assessment submissions.
c) Allowing students 2 attempts at assessment submission to attain competency. Students are again encouraged to ask questions and clarify feedback before submitting their 2nd (final) attempt.

A: All assessments (including re-submissions) must be submitted:

  • By email to
  • In PDF or Microsoft Word format*
  • In full – partially completed or assessment books with missing pages will be returned for correction and resubmission
  • With cover pages (completed, signed and dated) for all assessment tasks

* image files (e.g. JPG or PNG) files can be converted to PDF. Please contact us if you require assistance with this.

A: Upon successful completion of the course, your Statement of Attainment, Record of Results and Letter of Advice will be issued in secured PDF format. These electronic documents cannot be modified nor copied. The PDF satisfies ASQA standards and may be used in your application to the

Department of Justice and Attorney General. Our past students have preferred this option due to the following benefits:

  1. Fast delivery of Statement of Attainment and associated documents
  2. Low environmental impact
  3. No printing and postage costs added to course costs

A: Your Course Handbook is a valuable reference tool not only for completing the course but also for performing your services as a CDec or JP once you become qualified. In addition to this, the Department of Justice and Attorney General website has a range professional development opportunities and programs for CDecs and JPs. For more information, please visit:

Last modified: Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 9:31 PM