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 and as meeting the requirements for 'Professional' status as described by CICA (element 4.3).

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. Enquiry Form

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 available through a Mixed Mode Delivery or Online Delivery 

Mixed Mode Delivery means that the courses are delivered through face-to-face workshops, online access to training and assessment materials and professional tutoring.

Online Delivery Mode means that learners can access and complete our courses solely online, using a range of technologies via our Learning Management System. Webinars, videos, discussion forums and workshops are accessed via a virtual learning environment.





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 & Disibility services
  • Teachers wishing to become Career Practitioners
  • Telephone careers advisers
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Welfare / youth workers
  • Transition Officers

Articulation to the Master of Educational Studies

Upon successful completion of the CHC81315 Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice offered through CEAV Institute, graduates may be eligible for up to 8 units of credit in the Master of Educational Studies program at the University of Queensland. For further information regarding this articulation please contact CEAV Institute or visit University of Queensland website at

Required Text Books

Students will be required to obtain the following text:

Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century 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.

** Enrolments for 2018 intake are now OPEN **

2017 Mid-Year Intake


Start Date: Monday 7th August 2017
Induction Workshop: Tuesday 8th August 2017 9-3.30pm
Workshop 1 - Reflective Practice: Thursday 14th September 2017 9-4pm
Workshop 2 - Advanced Careers Counselling: Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th April 2018 9-4pm both days
RPL Assessment: By appointment
Course Completion Date: Friday 22nd June 2018


2018 Intake


Start Date: Monday 5th March 2018
Induction Workshop: Wednesday  7th March 2018
Workshop 1 - Strategic Planning for Career Services: Thursday 12th April 2018 9-4pm
Workshop 2 - Advanced Careers Counselling: Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 October 2018 9-4pm both days
RPL Assessment: By appointment
Course Completion Date: Friday 1 March 2019



2017 Study Webinar Dates

As a form of additional support available to all enrolled students we would like to offer study webinar sessions throughout the year. Please see below for webinar dates and times for 2017:

Webinars will run from 11.30-12.00 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 5th April
  • Wednesday 3rd May
  • Wednesday 7th June
  • Wednesday 5th July
  • Wednesday 2nd August
  • Wednesday 6th September
  • Wednesday 4th October
  • Wednesday 1st November
  • Wednesday 6th December


  • 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


Schedule of fees 


Course Fees 2018


  Mixed Mode Delivery - $6510 Online Delivery - $5000
Payment1 $1860 $1430
Payment2 $1860 $1430
Payment3 $1860 $1430
Payment4 $930 $710
RPL Administration $350 per unit No further discount for RPL
Credit Transfer Nil Nil
Additional Possible Costs  
Re-Issue of Statement of Attainment $55
Re-Issue of Transcript of Results $55
12 months CEAV Student Membership $55


If you are interested in this 1 year part time course you will need to complete the application form and return it to CEAV Institute.


Application Form