CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice




CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice

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

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

The Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice is an AQF Level 8 qualification. Practitioners at this level have advanced knowledge and skills to make high level, independent, complex judgements in the context of providing guidance in career development.

This course features an appropriate balance between theory, models, frameworks and their practical application. The assessment methods reflect this balance, providing 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 services, apply new understandings of quality practice, develop advanced micro skills in career counselling and incorporate ethical practice 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 10 hours per week. It follows a blended delivery model with a combination of 5 scheduled fixed-date, all-day workshops, supported learning through the CEAV Institute’s Learning Management System (LMS), select online tutorial sessions, and self-paced study and assessment.

All student learning materials, activities and resources, as well as 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.

* 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 counsellors or advisors
  • Employment counsellors
  • Career management consultants
  • Career practitioners
  • Career coaches
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Guidance officers
  • Work development officers
  • Employment support workers
  • Work experience coordinators
  • Job developers
  • Placement coordinators
  • Vocational rehabilitation workers.
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. 

Students must hold either:

  • A qualification at diploma level or higher in a discipline related to career development or counselling work 


  • Significant previous experience working in a job role involving the self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas and the exercise of independent judgement and decision making 

Course Structure & Delivery Dates

This course has 7 units of competency – 5 core and 2 elective units. The CEAV Institute has selected elective units to suit those who are careers practitioners working with clients in a variety of educational and training settings.

Delivery and Assessment Dates – August 2021

Units of Competency

Workshop dates

(9am – 3.30pm)

Unit Start Date

Unit End Date

Assessment due date

Topic 1:

Legal & Ethical Practice &

Research to improve your practice

 CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance (C)


CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice (E)

Introduction and Legal and Ethical Practice

Tuesday 17th August 2021


Research to improve your practice

Wednesday 18th August 2021

Tuesday 17th August 2021

Commencement Activity Submitted


Friday 22nd October 2021



Friday 27th May 2022



Topic 2:

Strategic Career Service Delivery


BSBLED807 Establish career development services (C)


CHCECD011 Manage quality in career development practice (C)

Establish Career Development Services


Manage quality in career development practice

Tuesday 26th October 2021 &

Wednesday 27th October 2021


Tuesday 26th October 2021

Wednesday 27th October 2021

Commencement Activity Submitted

Friday 11th February 2022



Topic 3:

Career Development and Counselling

BSBLED808 Conduct a career development session (C)


CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills (E)

Career Counselling

Tuesday 15th February 2022 &

Wednesday 16th February 2022


Tuesday 15th February 2022 &


Wednesday 16th February 2022

Commencement Activities Submitted

 Friday 22nd April 2022



Topic 4:

Professional Development


 CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development (C)



Lead your own professional practice

Tuesday 26th April 2022


Tuesday 26th April 2022

Commencement Activity Submitted

Friday 3rd June 2022



Summary of the course


Where to from here?


 Tuesday 28th June 2022



*Course end date Tuesday 5th July 2022

*Note: Fortnightly meeting dates and times to be negotiated in first workshop (eg Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm, option of attending or viewing Zoom recording)

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 of up to 2 elective units using alternative 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

Total Course Fee   $7,150
Deposit non-refundable (within 7 days of enrolment)      $550
Remaining Balance        $6,600

You will be invoiced the total amount owing of $6,600.
Should a student withdraw after 28 days from course commencement, no refund will apply. 

  • 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 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

Required Text

Students are provided an electronic copy of the following text upon enrolment:
Niles, Spencer. G. and Harris-Bowlsbey, JoAnn. G. (2017) Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century, Merrill publications, 5th Edition.


Application Procedure

To apply simply submit the course Enquiry form.