Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree or

Other qualifications recognised by the appropriate Head of Academic Group, Arts Society and Education, as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of theoretical and technical knowledge, methods, ethical reasoning, principles and recent developments in career development, with depth in the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners of the Career Industry Council of Australia

  • Demonstrate understanding of deep and critical approaches to learning in issues relating to the tropics, sustainability, and Indigenous, regional and rural wellbeing and their application in career development

  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise theoretical propositions, professional practice and research principles and methodologies in career development, including intercultural applications

  • Interpret, evaluate, generate and justify complex ideas, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders, using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills

  • Identify, theorise and design solutions to complex practitioner issues in a range of career development contexts, with a high level of autonomy, initiative, accountability and collaboration.

Course Structure


ED5862:03 Foundations of Counselling Theory

ED5853:03 Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling

ED5866:03 Career Development Portfolio (Pt 1 of 2)

ED5867:03 Career Development Portfolio (Pt 2 of 2)











Expected time to complete

12 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 2 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 4 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the certificate.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will be granted only in fields relevant to the discipline area and at an equivalent level.

Advanced standing will not be granted for ED5865 or ED5866 or ED5867.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Guidance and Counselling, and advanced standing will be granted for ED5853 and ED5862.