Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
LocationMelbourne City, Online
AU$14,400 (2020 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Having gained your initial qualifications in career development you may be considering the next steps in continuing your professional development. The RMIT Graduate Diploma of Careers Education and Development builds on your existing knowledge and practice to develop specialist knowledge and skills to take on leadership roles in the area of career development.
This program is designed for already practicing career development professionals who want to extend their skills and obtain professional standing in the career development industry. 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 programs reflect up to date ideas about career development and its place in a changing world.
The Graduate Diploma program advances your expertise by offering a choice of specialist courses in career development based on the specialist Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) competencies plus Coaching and Mentoring with the ability to extend your skills into academic research. Students devise their own study path and have the ability to tailor courses to meet their professional and personal learning needs.
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. Being an online program, 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 specialist career development competencies supported by work based learning opportunities. Studies in research prepare students to undertake small research projects or independent studies in a career development.
All programs 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. Students are involved in workplace learning opportunities that may include placement, workbased learning and continuing professional development opportunities.
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.
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
- Professional Development and Training in Careers Practice
- Research Strategies
- Independent Study.
Choose a program structure
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Program code: GD069
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 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)
- Careers Educator Association of Northern Territory
- Queensland Association of Student Advisers
- National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$14,400
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 96 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.
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 2020 is $308.
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.