GCM becomes official exam centre for 2024 Greek Certificate of Attainment in Victoria


The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has announced its role as the official examination centre for the 2024 Certificate of Attainment in Greek for Victoria.

This marks a significant milestone in GCM’s rich history and highlights its commitment to promoting and preserving the Greek language and culture within the diverse Australian community.

This initiative reflects the GCM’s commitment to providing a platform for individuals to validate their proficiency in the Greek language, whilst fostering educational excellence and linguistic diversity.

The GCM President, Bill Papastergiadis OAM, expressed his enthusiasm for this historic initiative, stating, “This is a momentous occasion for the Community.”

“By becoming an official examination centre for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, we are reinforcing our mission to be a cornerstone for the Greek language in Victoria,” Mr Papastergiadis added.

“In the vibrant and multicultural landscape of Melbourne, the preservation of the Greek language and culture becomes a beacon of unity and holds profound significance.”

The GCM Head of Educational Programs, Dr. Nick Dallas, said, “GCM is poised to uphold the integrity and standards set by the Centre for the Greek Language, ensuring a seamless and reliable certification process for candidates in Victoria.”

“By serving as the official examination centre, the GCM not only facilitates the examination process, but also becomes a hub for educational and cultural exchange. Our main goal is to highlight, promote, and preserve the Greek language and culture,” Dr Dallas said.

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Mrs Helene Hiotis, GCM board member and principal of Bentleigh Secondary College, commented, “I am thrilled to witness our organisation being recognised as the official examination centre for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek.”

“This designation not only underscores our commitment to promoting and preserving the Greek language, but also highlights our dedication to providing a reputable and reliable platform for individuals seeking to certify their proficiency in Greek. We embrace this responsibility with enthusiasm and look forward to playing a key role in the linguistic and cultural journey,” Mrs Hiotis said.

The Certificate of Attainment in Greek is the sole national certification, officially recognised by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. This prestigious certificate validates the proficiency of individuals in Greek as a foreign or second language, spanning from A1 for children aged 8-12 years old to C2. As the only certification endorsed by the Greek government, it holds immense value and significance for those seeking to demonstrate their Greek language proficiency.

The Certificate of Attainment in Greek:

  • provides any user of Greek with an expert and objective opinion of the level of their knowledge of Greek;
  • serves as proof of the successful candidate’s level of attainment in Greek in the work market;
  • is a requirement for the practice of various professions in Greece; and
  • at Level C allows foreigners to register at a Greek institution of higher education, in case they do not have a Greek secondary education certificate (P.D. 138/9-7-99).

The opening of applications for the 2024 Certificate of Attainment in Greek examinations will be announced in the following month.




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