Graduate Certificate in Careers Education and Development
DurationPart-time 1 year
LocationMelbourne City, Online
AU$7,680 (2021 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Advance your career by helping others with a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development.
RMIT has an long standing reputation for educating professional career development practitioners who lead the way in providing career development services in education, human resources, community, private practice and in jobactive. Our courses reflect up to date ideas about career development and its place in a changing world.
Designed to meet the needs of both aspiring career development practitioners and those currently practicing wanting to develop their skills and obtain professional standing in the career development industry, this flexible online course develops core knowledge and skills in career development practice.
What you will gain through this course
This course focuses on the key competencies determined by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). You’ll learn to develop career management strategies, high-level communication and counselling skills and to apply ethical and effective practice in career development.
On completion of this course you satisfy the educational requirements for membership of a professional association such as Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), Careers Industry Council of Australia (CICA).
Successful completion of this course provides a pathway to completing the Graduate Diploma of Careers Education and Development with an additional 12 months of part-time study.
This course is delivered online allowing you to meet and study with fellow students, all the while supported by a dedicated course leader who is responsible for guiding you through all aspects of your study. Being an online course, you are able to structure your study part time over 12 months to fit with your own career and life commitments.
Learning and teaching activities focus on the practical application of career development competencies supported by industry placements, work based learning opportunities and a three day workshop in Melbourne.
All courses are delivered in English.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes essays, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This course includes a work placement, three day face to face workshop, a strong and supportive collegial environment and the opportunity to establish or further build your professional relationships.
Your learning experience will be delivered online delivered online, giving you the flexibility to design your study plan around life and work demands.
You’ll develop and apply your understanding of career management skills in a diverse range of educational and professional settings.
The degree is made up of 48 credit points and consists of the following study areas:
- Practices in Career Design
- Applied Professional Practice in Career and Life Design
- Narrative Approaches for Career Counselling
- Design Thinking for Learning Work and Life
Choose a program structure
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One semester full-time or two semesters part-time
One semester full-time
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Program code: GC044
Career development is a growing profession of increasing importance to government, business and individuals because of its potential to deliver economic, social and personal benefits.
Career development practitioners provide services such as education counselling and guidance to help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.
They work in a range of settings, providing services to both groups and individuals, including:
- TAFE institutions
- business organisations
- government agencies
- private practice.
Graduates progress into careers as:
- career counsellors or advisors
- career management consultants
- career coaches
- rehabilitation counsellors
- guidance officers
- work development officers
- employment support workers
- work experience coordinators
- job developers
- placement coordinators
- vocational rehabilitation workers.
On completion of this course, you may apply for membership of a professional association and gain recognition as a qualified career development practitioner.
The RMIT careers course, with industry standards and is endorsed by the CICA facilitating membership of affiliated professional associations such as:
- Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV)
- Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
- National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services (NAGCAS)
- Career Education Association of Western Australia (CEAWA)
- Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT (CAA)
- Queensland Association of Student Advisors (QASA)
- Careers Educator Association of Northern Territory
- Queensland Association of Student Advisers
- National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
You must have
- successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- significant work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$7,680.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2021 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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