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This Nationally Recognised Training qualification is targeted at learners who wish to enhance their skills in careers development and assessment. Learners will develop knowledge on how to provide programs and services to individuals, groups of clients and employers, to support clients in planning their career or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment or progression.

This course will benefit individuals who work in human resources, people whose role involve professional and career mentoring, as well as psychologists or counsellors working as Career Advisors, Employment Consultants (Disability/Job Active), and Labour Market Research, in Employee Assistance Programs and careers development in the workplace.

Learners may have had previous training or careers prior to studying career development or may be existing higher education students, intern psychologists or other junior professionals. They may already deliver careers related assessments, including licenced psychological tests and educational tools. These learners will further develop the skills needed to provide immediate support and development for client’s career development needs as well as better identify and assist clients in their career goals.

Location: Hawthorn East Commences: Mid-Year 2019
Delivery: Face-to-Face, 2 Days Per Week Fees: $3,200
Duration: 7 Weeks VET Student Loans: No
National Course Code: CHC41215 RTO code: 45267
Course Duration and Structure

This 7 week face-to-face class room and practicum based program. Students undertake a total of 13 units of study consisting of eight core units and five electives which give the course its contextual specialisation.

Class schedule
To be confirmed. Submit your expression of interest to [email protected]


Core Units  
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECD001 Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development
CHCECD008 Deliver services consistent with a career development framework
CHCECD009 Conduct career guidance interviews
CHCECD010 Provide support to people in career transition
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


Elective Units  
CHCPRP004 Promote and represent the service
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

Entry Requirements

Entrants will normally have completed a higher education degree in psychology or a similar discipline. If you do not have a degree, then you should normally have completed at least year 12.

It is also recommended that all learners have confidence using computers and online tools, as well as access to a laptop or home computer for research tasks.

When you apply to enrol, you must complete the online enrolment form and supply the following documents with your online application:

  • Evidence of highest qualification (e.g. academic transcript or ATAR documentation)
  • A short written statement (500 words) about why you want to study this course
  • Evidence of identity and citizenship status (e.g. passport)

The course or program leader can vary these entry standards where they have evidence that the student has equivalent learning and comprehension skills sufficient for the course. If you are unsure about your suitability or eligibility for this program, please contact [email protected] to discuss your specific situation in more detail.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning will be assessed as per the VET Student Handbook (link) and the TLP005 Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Graduate Learning Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to provide programs and services to individuals and groups of clients and employers to support people in planning their career and/or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment. They may work in career information and transition services or assist in career advisor roles in education, training, school or transition work environments. They may have limited supervisory responsibilities in contexts such as employment services.

The addition of the skills and competencies in the Certificate IV in Career Development will allow clinicians, teachers, and other professionals to provide immediate support and development for client’s career development needs as well as better identify and assist clients in their career goals. A Certificate IV in Career Development may be suitable for a student or graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or similar, who wants to apply their psychological skills in an alternative career context such as careers counselling and development.

Course Handbook and Information Sheet

For detailed information about the current offering, see the VET Student Handbook and Information Sheet.