Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
LocationMelbourne City, Online
AU$13,440 (2019 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
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.
This flexible online program will see you develop specialist knowledge and skills to take on leadership roles in the area of career development.
It 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 apply ethical and effective practice in career development.
The Graduate Diploma program further advances your expertise by offering a choice of specialist courses in career development, education and research.
Upon graduation you may apply for membership of a professional association and gain recognition as a career development practitioner.
This program is designed for already practicing career developers who want to extend their skills and obtain professional standing in the career development industry.
A Graduate Certificate exit point is available.
This program 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.
Learning and teaching activities focus on the practical application of career development competencies.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
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 program includes a work placement, a strong and supportive collegial environment and the opportunity to establish or further build your professional relationships.
This program has long-standing ties to industry bodies such as the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV).
This program is 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 in both local and international contexts.
The Graduate Diploma is made up of 96 credit points. This incorporates a Graduate Certificate exit point (48 credit points). It consists of the following core courses:
- Foundations of Narrative Counselling
- Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (1 and 2)
- Vocational Assessment.
You will then choose from a range of electives that include:
- Project Management in Careers Development
- Program Delivery in Career Development
- Coaching and Mentoring Practices
- Advanced Narrative Counselling
- Leading and Managing Change
- Professional Development and Training in Careers Practice
- Working With Diversity
- Independent Study.
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Program code: GD069
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 development specialists
- private practitioners
- service managers and team leaders
- career counsellors or advisors
- employment counsellors
- 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.
Upon completion of this program, you may apply for membership of a professional association and gain recognition as a qualified career development practitioner.
The RMIT careers program is endorsed by CICA and therefore facilitates 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).
2019 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$13,440*
* Amount quoted is the 2019 total program tuition fee, and is based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
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.
Fees shown above apply to 2019 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
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 the Department of Human Services 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 2019 is $303.
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.