- Online: January, March, May, July, August, October
8 months full-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Study four comprehensive subjects and build a strong theoretical foundation in career guidance and counselling by studying career development theories and tools and career development professional practices. Apply your knowledge and skills to develop a two-part career development portfolio, working with industry experts, Career Ahead.
Make study work for you through the flexible carousel delivery mode of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. Study one subject at a time online 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: Career Development Theories and Tools, Career Development Professional Practice, Labour Market and the Future of Work, and Career Counselling. Two of these subjects – Career Development Theories and Tools and Career Development Professional Practice – are delivered online. The remaining two – Labour Market and the Future of Work and Career Counselling – require participation in intensive workshops to facilitate the development of applied skills. Workshops take place across 3 days and will be offered online with a potential face-to-face option available, dependent upon enrolment and demand.
Add value to your current qualifications and make a difference to those in schools and the workforce. JCU Career Development graduates are knowledgeable, supportive professionals who can advise on a variety of pathways.
Consult the handbook for further information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Career Development.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
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.
Arts, Society and Education
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree or
Other qualifications recognised by the appropriate Academic Group Head, 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
12 credit points
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Career Development.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Offered in an 8-week calendar
Expected time to complete
8 months of continuous study (20 hours per week)
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
Credit will be granted only in fields relevant to the discipline area and at an equivalent level.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Certificate of Career Development
This course provides the flexibility of online learning, collaboration and assessments across a range of formats with genuinely supportive and accessible teaching professionals. I feel it will make me a more complete and ethical professional to support clients’ needs, and keep pace with the future world of work.
Graduate Certificate of Career Development
I was a little apprehensive about returning to university; it’s been 20 years since I've done formal study. The course structure, supportive lecturers and weekly check-ins with other students has eased all my concerns, and the online format has allowed me to complete my graduate certificate while working full time.
Jon Woodend, PhD
JCU Lecturer, Subject Coordinator
JCU is dedicated to providing quality academic experiences, based on industry-needed practical skills. The Graduate Certificate of Career Development at JCU is in partnership with Career Ahead, an industry-leading organisation, so that students can benefit from leading academic and practitioner expertise.
Managing Director (Career Ahead), Subject Facilitator
The Graduate Certificate of Career Development has a brand new curriculum, tightly aligned to the Career Industry Council of Australia competencies and applicable to all applications or career development services from education to business.