Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling)
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Help students navigate the intricate pathways that connect education to employment

The path from school to a career is more fragmented than it has ever been, with many and varied branching pathways to employment. The world of work is experiencing continual change, prompting a greater need to make high-quality career counselling services more accessible in primary and high schools, for students studying at higher education institutions, and for the general public.

There is a growing field of research that demonstrates that for students to chart more complex career pathways, awareness of career development needs to begin as early as possible, even in primary school. The Department of Education and Training released The National Career Education Strategy in 2019 and emphasises the need for every student in Australia to have access to high-quality career education from primary school onwards. There is a comparable focus in business and industry to assist workers to plan for and manage changes in the workplace and job market.

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) will equip you with an understanding of the changing world of work, and up-to-date knowledge of career theory, process and practice. Develop strong relationships with students or clients and help them navigate the increasingly complex and branching pathways that connect education to employment.

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.

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 Counsellor

Provide career counselling support for clients, building strong relationships while equipping clients with the skills and knowledge to attain work or manage a career transition.

Tertiary Student Counsellor

Clinically supervise tertiary students within a higher education institution, and help coordinate other accessible support services such as workshops, training sessions and webinars.

School Counsellor

Work within a school environment to provide students with confidential support services including career guidance and individual counselling.

Rehabilitation Counsellor

Help clients form practical return-to-work plans, providing counselling regarding injury management and occupational rehabilitation.

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