Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling)
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    6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

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Help students navigate the intricate pathways that connect education to employment

As the world of work undergoes continuous transformation, the need for high-quality career guidance has never been greater. This need extends across age groups – from primary and high school students to university graduates and seasoned professionals seeking to adapt and thrive.

Emerging research highlights the importance of starting career exploration early, laying the foundation for navigating the increasingly complex and interconnected paths that link education to employment. Recognising this growing need, the Department of Education and Training’s National Career Education Strategy emphasises the need for every Australian student to have access to high-quality career education from primary school onwards. Similarly, businesses and industries are placing increasing emphasis on supporting employees to anticipate and manage workplace and job market shifts.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) from QUT empowers you to be at the forefront of this vital field. Gain an in-depth understanding of the dynamic world of work and equip yourself with up-to-date knowledge of career theory, processes, and best practices. Develop the essential skills to build strong relationships with students or clients, guiding them through the intricate pathways connecting their aspirations to fulfilling careers.

The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has endorsed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) delivered by Queensland University of Technology as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners for a period of 3 years from August 2022 to August 2025

NB: This course does not qualify graduates for teacher registration in Australia.

Studying through QUT Online, you have access to all that QUT has to offer, but you’re able to engage in self-paced study, with lots of support.” ~ Professor Susan Irvine, Head of School, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice, School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education

Real Students, Real Experiences

“The relevance of the course material is incredible, there was an awesome amount of material, and understanding all areas of career development but also looking at diversity inclusion, people with disabilities, indigenous areas and so it covered a whole range. So from this perspective, the quality of the content was just awesome and really relatable to what’s happening in the world today.”

Catherine – Graduate | Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling)

Subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) with:
  • a completed bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or

  • a completed diploma (or higher qualification) in any discipline and two years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in any field; or

  • five years full-time (or equivalent) professional experience in any field.

This course is not available to international students.

Fees: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this program
  • 2024 CSP fees: $2,300

  • 2024 full fees: $12,000

    QUT offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this course to eligible domestic students. A CSP is subsidised by the Australian government, meaning that you do not need to pay a significant portion of your course fees.

    Speak to one of our Course Consultants for help accessing a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2024.

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Career opportunities

Tertiary Career Counsellor

Work with tertiary students in their career journey including providing resources, workshops and career guidance.

School Career Counsellor

Work within all levels of schools to support students in subject choice, pathways and career planning.

Career Counsellor – Private Practice

Work in private practice to provide clients with confidential career development advice.

Career Counsellor in Industry/Organisations.

Work within industry and a range of organisations to provide employees with career and transition advise.

Learning at QUT Online

A unique opportunity

Whether you’re advancing or changing your career, studying online is the flexible way to achieve your goal, allowing you to log on and learn when it suits.

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We are ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for employer-student connections. And when you study with us, our connections become your connections.

Learning that suits you best

Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.