CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice




The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has endorsed the CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice delivered by CEAV Institute as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners for a period of 3 years ending in October 2023." (Pat Smith, Chair Course Endorsement Committee, CICA).

The CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice is designed to assist experienced practitioners to further develop the knowledge and skills to lead career development programs and services in their chosen work environment. The added value of choosing this course with CEAV Institute, is that it has been designed by professional, experienced career practitioners for career practitioners.

This course provides expertise in career development and features an appropriate balance between career development theory and its practical application. The assessment methods reflect this balance, providing students with current and indepth understandings to support their work with clients in career transition. Learners are equipped with the skills to research the context of career development services, apply new understandings of quality practice, develop advanced micro skill in career counselling and incorporate ethical practice in all their undertakings. 

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of career development services, including working independently as a professional career development practitioner or working within an organisation context. Workers at this level are making high level, independent, complex judgements in the context of providing guidance in career development. Their role involves the full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of their work.

The Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice qualifies a person at the Professional Status (CICA Standard 4.3.1 _2011).

Professional career development practitioners work in the field of career development and qualifies a person to engage in career counselling and work in a self directed or leadership role in a careers service.

Delivery Mode

This course is delivered mainly online, however it comprises of three face to face workshops, which will be held at the Institute based in Greensborough. All students will be notified by email about the workshop requirements and any other details, at least 1 week prior to the workshop date. Any students unable to attend the face to face workshops have the option of watching the associated webinar. All workshop related webinars are located in Moodle.


Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice


Graduates of CEAV Institute's CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice will be able to gain professional status to any of the 12 CICA accredited associations, for example Australian Centre for Career Education (CEAV ).

Graduates who complete this course have the employment opportunities to become:

  • Adult migrant counsellors
  • Employment agency staff
  • HR staff
  • Indigenous support workers
  • Learning & Development staff
  • Local government youth workers
  • Learn Local staff
  • Pathways and transition staff in secondary schools
  • Staff working in Integration & Disability services
  • Teachers wishing to become Career Practitioners
  • Telephone careers advisers
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Welfare / youth workers
  • Transition Officers


Required Text Books

Students will be required to obtain the following text:

Career Development Interventions 5th Edition Spencer G. Niles Joann Harris-Bowlsbey


This course is made up of 7 units of competency, 5 core and 2 electives. CEAV Institute has selected the most applicable units of competency to suit those who are careers practitioners working with people in a variety of educational and training settings.

Units of competency are hyperlinked to their full description.


CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice
Units of Competency


CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development

BSBLED807 Establish career development services

CHCECD011 Manage quality in career development practice

BSBLED808 Conduct a career development session

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance


BSBLED809 Identify and communicate trends in career development

CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For information on the RPL process please access the following link to view the short video


A brief summary about the important dates relating to the course.

2020 December Intake


Start Date:  Tuesday 10th December 2020
Workshop - Induction/Career Theory:  Thursday 10th December 2020
Workshop - Strategic Planning for Career Services: Thursday 18th February 2021
Workshop - Managing Quality Career Services: Thursday 8th April 2021
Workshop  - Advanced Careers Counselling: Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July 2021 (2 day workshop)
Course Completion Date:  11th December 2021

Census Dates: Part A - Monday 20th January 2021

                       Part B - Monday 3rd May 2021

                       Part C - Monday 2nd August 2021

                       Part D - Monday 29th October 2021


2020 March Intake


Start Date:  Monday 2nd March 2020
Workshop - Induction/Career Theory:  Wednesday 4th March 2020
Workshop - Strategic Planning for Career Services: Wednesday 8th April 2020
Workshop - Managing Quality Career Services: Wednesday 8th July 2020
Workshop  - Advanced Careers Counselling: Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th October 2020 (2 day workshop)
Course Completion Date:  3rd March 2021

Census Dates: Part A - Monday 6th April 2020

                       Part B - Monday 20th July 2020

                       Part C - Monday 9th November 2020

                       Part D - Monday 8th February 2021


2020 Mid-Year Intake

Start Date:  Wednesday 15th  July 2020
Workshop - Induction/Career Theory: Wednesday 15th  July 2020
Workshop - Strategic Planning for Career Services: Thursday 13th August 2020
Workshop - Managing Quality Career Services: Tuesday 17th November 2020
Workshop  - Advanced Careers Counselling: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th February 2021 (2 day workshop)
Course Completion Date:  Monday 19th July 2021

Census Dates: Part A - Monday 24th August 2020

                       Part B - Monday 7th December 2020

                       Part C - Tuesday 16th March 2021

                       Part D - Monday 31st May 2021







  • All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars
  • All fees are GST exempt
  • CEAV Institute does not accept fees in advance
  • Candidates will be invoiced in installments for course fees after the course commencement. Candidates will receive 4 invoices.
  • Upon receipt of each invoice, students will have 4 weeks in which to pay the invoice course fees
  • Please note credit card payments will attract a 1% surcharge
  • Course fees will not be refunded if withdrawal occurs after the census date


Schedule of fees 


Course Fees - 2020



        Course Fees 2020  - $6510

Payment 1 $1860
Payment 2 $1860
Payment 3 $1860
Payment 4 $930
Credit Transfer Nil
Additional Possible Costs  
Re-Issue of Certificate/Statement of Attainment/Transcript of Results $55


If you are interested in this 1 year part time course please contact RTO Administrator on Ph: 03 9433 8000 or complete enquiry form



2020 Course Guide