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Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Two subjects require attendance at intensive workshops.
8 months
Part-time available
This course is 8 months long when subjects are studied sequentially.
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Not applicable
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JCU Career Development graduates are widely-skilled and are sought-after in a range of education and health settings.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including education, human resources, private practice, hospitals, and community centres.

You could find employment as a career advisor, career development practitioner, school guidance counsellor, or teacher.

You could also go on to study the Master of Guidance and Counselling.

Graduates will be eligible for professional membership with Careers Industry Council of Australia (CICA) Member Associations.

Enhance your qualifications in the fields of career education, guidance and counselling. Learn high-level communication and counselling skills to provide effective career support and management strategies to a variety of people.

Study four comprehensive subjects and build a strong theoretical foundation in career guidance and counselling. Apply your knowledge and skills to develop a two-part career development portfolio, working alongside the Career Industry Council of Australia.

Make study work for you through the flexible carousel delivery mode of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. Study one subject at a time during an eight-week block. This flexible delivery makes it easier to balance further study with employment, family and other demands. If subjects are completed consecutively, the qualification can be completed in about eight months.

The Graduate Certificate of Career Development consists of four subjects:

  • Two subjects are fully online, with extensive student support available
  • Two subjects require participation in a three-day weekend intensive workshop to facilitate the development of applied skills. Workshops will be offered in multiple locations nationally.

The Graduate Certificate in Career Development is also offered to organisations or associations wanting a private program to be run for a group of employees and can be delivered flexibly based on cohort requirements.

Add value to your current qualifications and make a difference to those in schools and in the workforce. JCU Career Development graduates are knowledgeable, supportive professionals.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners.  Graduates of this program will be eligible for professional membership with CICA Member Associations.


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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 as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Apply and integrate specialised knowledge of career development theories, counselling theories, and relevant industry standards in professional practice.
  • Critically evaluate and identify the impact of changes in the world of work, including automation, globalisation, demographics, and trends in the labour market and industry, on the workforce, the career life cycle, and the future of work.
  • Demonstrate technical skills to collect, analyse, and interpret information in order to comprehensively conceptualise complex concerns within career development practice.
  • Identify, conceptualise, and generate innovative solutions to complex practice challenges with a high level of autonomy, initiative, collaboration, and accountability in the decision-making process.
  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise theoretical propositions in consideration of ethical and cultural frameworks, and research principles and methodologies in career development practice.
  • Professionally communicate complex information, ideas, and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders, using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills.
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge, and attitudes with a commitment to lifelong learning and development of professional practice.

Course Structure


ED5907:03 Career Development Theories and Tools

ED5908:03 Career Development Professional Practice

ED5909:03 Labour Market and The Future of Work

ED5910:03 Career Counselling





Exit Only


Offered in an 8 week calendar


Expected time to complete

8 months of continuous study (20 hours per week)

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months


Course progression requisites

Students must complete 9 credit points of subjects from within the program before they are able to attempt ED5910.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade




Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


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


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

Other restrictions

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

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 of Counselling, and credit will be granted for up to 6 credit points.

Annual Tuition Fee: $6,684. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.