Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


Advance your career by helping others with a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development.

RMIT has a 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 job centres. Our qualifications 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 certificate develops core knowledge and skills in career development practice.

This certificate focuses on the key competencies determined by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) and the Asian Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA). 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 CICA and APCDA.

Please note that this graduate certificate is offered online and is available only for offshore international study at this time. It is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.


Career development is a growing profession of increasing importance to government, businesses 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.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
9,120 Per Year Expected Jul 2023 1 year
Read morePart-time 1 year

Self study / online (without attendance)
RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

You must have

successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)


significant work experience or professional practice.

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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