Become a qualified Career Advisor with
a Graduate Certificate in Career Development
specifically adapted for Secondary Education

Commonwealth Supported Places Available*

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Course Overview


Fully Online


12 months part-time
Complete one
subject every term

Next Intake

Term 1 2022
(January 31)


$1975* Estimated Commonwealth
Supported Fee

$9900 Estimated Course Tuition Fee
*Eligibility Criteria Apply

Course Versions

Did you know that we have developed three versions of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development? We currently offer a General Program, a version specifically adapted for Secondary Educators (current page), and a Tailored Workforce Development version. Follow the relevant links below to find out more.

Is your focus
outside Secondary

Discover our other Graduate Certificate of Career Development.

Do you want to develop your
to become qualified
Career Practitioners?

Enquire now to discuss the design of a tailored learning experience for your workforce.

Academic Excellence and Industry Relevance

Through an innovative partnership between James Cook University and Career Ahead, the Graduate Certificate of Career Development curriculum was fully redesigned in 2020, integrating leading academic theory with elements of industry best practice. This version of the course has been adapted for people working within a secondary education context.

This Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) endorsed course contains four subjects, completed one at a time, to optimise learning immersion. These subjects explore career development theories, provide the opportunity for applied professional practice and regularly include workshops with subject matter and industry experts.

The learning experience is designed so that students engage in interactive and evidence based activities, to enhance their knowledge, skills and professional practice capabilities.

Course Highlights

Study one subject at a time, every 8 weeks
Flexible learning, fully online
Relevant and contemporary curriculum
Unique industry and university partnership
Commonwealth Supported Places available*


You can start the course with any subject, and study the subjects in any order.

Career Development
Theories and Tools


A critical pillar of career development professional practice is foundational knowledge in career counselling theory. Building on leading theoretical frameworks, students work with a range of career development tools, including psychometric instruments, career choice diagnostics and skills inventories.

Career Development
Professional Practice


Aligned to the understanding and application of the CICA Professional Standards, this subject builds students’ capability to work as a professional Career Practitioner. This subject includes an online intensive workshop where students translate learnings into practical experiences, applying the knowledge and skills acquired to ‘real-plays’ and complex career development case studies.

The Labour Market and
the Future of Work


Given rapid changes in the world of work, students build their knowledge of current and future workplace trends. The focus is on the development of substantial expertise in accessing, analysing and applying labour market data, allowing students to generate critical career management insights to apply in their practice.



A ‘hands-on’ subject, providing students with the opportunity to develop counselling micro skills through applied learning activities. This subject includes an online intensive workshop where students apply the knowledge and skills acquired to ‘real-plays’ and complex career development case studies.

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How are we different?

Course delivery aligned to a 10-week teaching term

Assessments relate to career guidance in a secondary school education context

Case-studies reflect the unique needs of school students

Connecting you to relevant career education news and events

Adjustment of assessment timeframes to suit the teaching workload and calendar

Utilisation of relevant education-based readings and resources

Unique Course Delivery Mode
Aligned to School Terms

Our unique carousel delivery mode enables students to focus on a single subject, allowing for deep engagement and learning immersion. New students can commence the program at the beginning of any school term, each time a subject commences, staying on the carousel until four subjects are completed.

Although this is an online program, enabling self-paced learning, each subject is supported with a weekly tutorial run by a knowledgeable subject facilitator, regularly featuring subject matter and industry guests. In addition to weekly tutorials, both the Career Development Professional Practice and Career Counseling subjects include intensive workshops, delivered remotely, providing students with supported skills practice.

Student Testimonials

CICA Endorsed

JCU has received endorsement from the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) for the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. This means the curriculum aligns to the professional, ethical and educational standards of the peak professional body. Graduates are eligible for professional membership of a CICA Member Association and have the ability to use the title of Career Practitioner.

Career Opportunities

In addition to working as Career Advisors in schools, JCU Career Development Graduates are highly sought after for rewarding positions including:

Private career guidance and coaching

Education based career development roles

Outplacement or career transition consulting

Wellbeing or career advisory roles in professional sport

Career guidance in disability or employment services

Career counselling for community or government programs

Students may also go on to study the Master of Guidance and Counselling. Receive a two subject credit for this course when you complete your Graduate Certificate of Career Development.

When can I start?

We teach one of the Graduate Certificate’s four subjects every term, meaning that you have four opportunities each year to get started. Each subject is contained within the school term* – keep your school holidays free!

Study Period Subject Code Start Date Subject
Term 1 ED5907 31 January 2022 Career Development Tools and Theories
Term 2 ED5908 25 April 2022 Career Development Professional Practice
Term 3 ED5909 18 July 2022 The Labour Market and the Future of Work
Term 4 ED5910 10 October 2022 Career Counselling

*Subjects have been aligned to Australian school terms across all states and territories and may not exactly match the term start dates in your location.


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Course Fees


Estimated fee for Commonwealth
Supported Place

*Eligibility Criteria Apply

Fees are based on 2021 figures and are subject to change. Plus Student Services and Amenities fee.


Estimated fee for Full
Fee Paying Place

Fee for individuals not eligible for the Commonwealth Supported Fee

Fees are based on 2021 figures and are subject to change. Plus Student Services and Amenities fee.

To get a CSP, you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who be resident in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study
  • a permanent visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study.

See here for further information about eligibility for a CSP.

How can I apply?

Additional information, including application criteria and fees can also be found on the JCU website.