CHC41215 Certificate IV in Career Development





This course prepares students for the role as an associate career development practitioner for work in a range of settings. Graduates of this qualification can apply for registration to practice at the associate level with any of the 10 Career Industry Council of Australia Member Associations.

Associate career development practitioners provide services that help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.

The Certificate IV in Career Development Practice is an AQF Level 4 qualification. Practitioners at this level have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning.  Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and limited responsibility in known or changing contexts and within established job role parameters.

This course features an appropriate balance between theory, models, frameworks and their practical application. The assessment methods reflect this balance and provides students with current and in-depth understandings to support their work with a range of clients. Students are equipped with the skills to research the context of career development frameworks, apply new understandings of quality practice, develop advanced micro skills in career interviewing and incorporate legal and ethical practices into their work.

The added value of choosing this course with the CEAV Institute is its design by professional career practitioners with recent experience in cross-sectoral career development services: government and non-government schools, tertiary education, alternative education, counselling, job placement and employment, career coaching and mentoring, workforce re-entry programs and others. All trainers and assessors with the CEAV Institute also practice with CEAV Career Counselling Australia (CCCA), a registered charity, providing career education and careers counselling services to the community.

Duration and Delivery Mode:

This course runs for approximately 12 months part-time and requires an average study commitment of 5 hours per week. It follows a blended delivery model with a combination of 12 scheduled fixed-date, all-day workshops with supported learning through the CEAV Institute’s Learning Management System (LMS), a Student Portal for submitting assessments and self-paced study and assessment.

All student learning materials, activities and resources, webinars and workshop recordings are available on LMS.

All students receive their schedule for the fixed-date, all-day workshops at least 1 week prior to the course commencement date. This allows for planning around any work commitments as workshop attendance is a requirement to meet the outcomes of this course.

Please note:
* All workshops are currently delivered online via ZOOM due to COVID restrictions. Students will be advised of any changes with at least 4 weeks’ notice.

Graduate opportunities
Graduates who complete this course have the employment opportunities to become:
  • Career Educator
  • Career Counsellor
  • Career Coach
  • Performance Management Consultant
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Work Experience Coordinator
  • Employment Services Advisor
  • Youth Worker
Career development practitioners work in a range of settings including:
  • Schools, TAFEs, Universities
  • Business organisations
  • Local, State and Federal Government agencies
  • Integration & Disability services
  • Welfare, Youth, Indigenous services
  • Job placement, employment, recruitment services
  • Private practice

Entry Requirements & Prerequisites

Students must have appropriate language, literacy and numeracy levels to undertake this course and have access to a computer with reliable internet access.

Students will be expected to be currently employed in career development or a related field. Alternatively, students can undertake placement at a career service. There is a requirement of 120 hours of work placement and the placement must ensure regular access to the service so the student can complete practical assessments. 

Course Structure & Delivery

This course has 13 units of competency – 5 core and 2 elective units. The CEAV Institute has selected elective units to suit those who are associate careers practitioners working with clients in a variety of educational and training settings.

This course has been divided into 6 topics for delivery purposes. Units that are related are studied together. This ensures learning and assessments that are meaningful and relate directly to the work environment where students are employed or engaged in a work placement.




Unit of Competency

Topic 1

Career Development Practice

CHCECD008 - Deliver services consistent with a career development framework (C)

CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically (C)

Topic 2

Facilitating Career Development


CHCECD001 - Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development (C)

CHCECD010 - Provide support to people in career transition (C)

Topic 3

Career Interviewing

CHCECD009 - Conduct career guidance interviews (C)

CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships (C)

CHCYTH011 - Work effectively with young people & their families (E)

Topic 4

Workplace Relationships

CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships (C)

CHCYTH003 - Support young people to create opportunities in their lives (E)

Topic 5

Career Planning for Diverse Clients

CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people (C)

CHCECD007 - Maximise participation in work by people with disability (E)

Topic 6

Delivering Career Planning and Development

CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct group activities (E)

CHCPRP003 – Reflect on & improve own professional practice (E)

Upcoming Intake Dates For This Course

  • 6th July 2021 - Delivered via Zoom
  • 13th July 2021 - Delivered Face-to-face

To apply simply submit the course enquiry form.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

Credit Transfer

Students with previous VET qualifications or statements of attainment can apply for direct credit transfer with the CEAV Institute. Students are advised to check for currency as deleted or superseded training package units cannot be accepted for credit transfer.

Students must present evidence of the exact unit of competency (code and title) for credit transfer of a core unit(s).

Students may apply for credit transfer for up to 5 elective units using units of competence from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these alternative units must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome in career development.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students who already have knowledge and skills gained through previous work experience and/or related study may wish to consider recognition of prior learning. RPL is the acknowledgement of competencies previously attained which exempts students from completing selected units or assessments to demonstrate competency in the course.

It is imperative students provide evidence that their skills and knowledge are up-to-date, used in current practice and match the industry-supported vocational outcome of the unit(s).

RPL is an evidence-based process that usually requires the student to complete an evidence portfolio, collection of knowledge questions, third-party report, interview with their assessor and, if required, complete any gap-training.  

Students interested in credit transfer or RPL are strongly advised to indicate this on their course expression of interest form and must be submitted within four weeks of enrolment.

Statement of Fees

Full Fee Paying Students:

Total course free  $4048
Deposit non-refundable (within 7 days of enrolment)  $448
Remaining Balance  $3,600

You will be invoiced the total amount owing of $3,600 with a monthly reminder of a $300 payment.

Should a student withdraw after 28 days from course commencement, no refund will apply. 

Skills First Funding Requirements

Skills First eligible Students:

Total Course Fee  $0
Total Cost of Program $528

Skills First Eligible Concession holders:                                                                                         $105.60

The approximate value of the government contribution for this qualification is between $5852 and $6160 based on the nominal hours.

This fee includes all materials and student services, including a student membership to the CEAV Inc.

*Eligibility criteria applies*

Skills First Fee Concession Entitlement

For enrolments in programs at the Certificate IV level and below, the Training Provider must apply a Fee Concession to a student who, prior to the commencement of training, holds a current and valid:
a) Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth;
b) Pensioner Concession Card; or
c)Veteran’s Gold Card.

A dependent spouse or dependent child of a cardholder is also entitled to the Fee Concession.

The CEAV Institute must sight and retain copies of evidence of a student’s entitlement to a Fee Concession.

  • All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars
  • All fees are GST exempt
  • CEAV Institute does not accept fees in advance
  • Students will be invoiced for course fees after course commencement. Students will make a minimum monthly payment of $300 for the duration of the course (1 year)
  • Course fees will not be refunded if withdrawal occurs 4 weeks after course commencement
  • The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment

Application Procedure

To apply simply submit the course enquiry form.

There are a total of 7 workshops delivered online and/or face to face comprising a total of 12 days.  All workshops are interactive and provide students with practical activities using case studies to practice and perfect their skills and knowledge.


1.    Introduction and Career Development Frameworks – 1 day

This workshop introduces students to CHC41215 Certificate IV in Career Development.  An overview of the course, assessments and timelines are provided.  Discussion of Topic 1, Career Development Practice, is completed and students complete the Commencement Activity for this topic.

2.      Career Development Practice – 1 day

This workshop focuses on the role of Australian Career Practitioners, the CICA Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners and the frameworks within which they work, whilst also exploring some of the essential resources used in the career development field.  Students develop an understanding of the theories that have informed the current career development context. The legal and ethical issues that we all face in the workplace are discussed. 

3.   Facilitating Career Development – 2 days

This workshop focuses on developing an understanding of current labour market information, factors influencing labour market trends and changes in the way we work.  Participants will develop the skills and understanding necessary to equip their clients to use labour market information, compete in the current world of work and develop the skills and credentials to make successful employment transitions.  Participants will gain knowledge of education and training pathways, effective career decision making and practical self-marketing tools that assist clients to future proof their careers.  This is particularly relevant in a Covid-19 world.

4.   Career Interviewing – 2 days

This two-day workshop equips students with the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to identify their career aspirations and develop career plans through the effective conduct of career interviews. Leaners will improve their skillset by discussing how to conduct career guidance interviews with at least 3 different clients from different backgrounds through case studies. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to apply specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.  Students will explore the skills and knowledge required to cooperate in mutual agreement on the activities, outcomes and processes of young people’s family members/nominated carers, for the purpose of achieving goals identified in consultation with the young person to address their concerns and/or risks.

5.   Workplace Relationships – 2 days

Positive and collaborative workplace relationships are central in attracting and retaining employees.  This workshop focuses on the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice.  In addition, case studies will be used to explore how to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level.

6.   Diversity – 2 days

Diversity and inclusion is pivotal in all workplaces.  This workshop explores the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.  Through case studies, students will undertake a structured process to reflect on own perspectives on diversity.  The skills and knowledge required to monitor employment opportunities, assist people with disability to prepare for employment, match jobs to individuals and provide ongoing support are explored and how to assist at least 3 people with disability gain employment.

7. Professional Practice and Program Delivery – 2 days

The final workshop focuses on taking pro-active responsibility for your professional development by evaluating and enhancing your practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.  In addition, how to plan and conduct group activities and establish, lead and participate in a group using a collaborative, strengths-based approach is explored.  Students will use case studies to plan and conduct different group activities for groups with diverse participant profiles.


Skills First Funding Eligibility

In general, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place under ‘Skills First’ if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • an Asylum seeker/victim of human trafficking (must have ARC/ASRC referral, or online VEVO validation by Institute staff)

and are living in Victoria for the duration of your studies;

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • any age and seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • any age and seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • any age and seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification**
and are commencing/concurrently studying no more than 2 government-subsidised courses in a calendar year;
and are commencing no more than 2 government-subsidised courses at the same Australian Qualification Framework level in your lifetime (some exemptions apply – check with us if you are not sure).

You are also required to:

  • obtain a USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolment as part of your eligibility for a government-subsidised place
  • show evidence of your citizenship/residency and age at enrolment. This can include one of the following (original or certified copy required, plus an additional photocopy to submit):
    • a current green Medicare card
    • an Australian birth certificate (not birth extract)
    • a current Australian passport
    • a current New Zealand passport
    • a naturalisation certificate (Australian citizenship certificate)
    • formal papers from DIBP confirming permanent residence. If you are under 20, proof of age must also be presented, if not included in one of the above documents.
You can also check what you may be eligible for using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.


Prisoners detained in a custodial setting are not eligible for a government based subsidised place. The only exception is an individual on a community-based order, or an individual from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, where students can physically access training outside a custodial setting without supervision. Such students must present with a letter from the Department of Human Services, confirming their status in line with this rule, and then the letter attached to the student’s enrolment form.
Students detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1987 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital are not eligible for government-subsidised place.

Secondary school students already enrolled with a separate government, non-government, independent or catholic secondary school, or registered for home schooling, are generally not eligible for a government-subsidised place at TAFE (school-based trainees and school-based apprentices excepted).

*Information is subject to change pending notification of changes of government policy for government subsidised places. Some eligibility exclusions may apply. Please check your eligibility for a government subsidised place with our Student Administration Unit when enrolling in your course.


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