Course Title: Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (1)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (1)

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Susan Mate

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1522

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to the capabilities required of a career development practitioner. It looks at the basic knowledge and theories, resources and tools, relationships, and practice that underpin working professionally, ethically and effectively in any career development context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse career development as a theoretical construct, including ideas about change and transition, lifelong learning and professional development
  • Articulate personal constructs such as interests, skills and values and their relationship to self-assessment, career choice, decision making and career development
  • Describe current career development frameworks, initiatives and policy and factors shaping the future of work
  • Articulate and analyse labour market information, including education and training opportunities, resources and pathways
  • Demonstrate appropriate and professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Apply a code of ethics relating to career development
  • Recognise and review influence of culture on career and life and discern biases and stereotyping
  • Identify organisations, resources and services that facilitate career development and foster appropriate professional relationships
  • Develop skills in professional practice, e.g., record keeping, planning, time management, case management and referral.

Overview of Learning Activities

Course materials are designed to introduce participants to the full range of competencies that underpin work in career development. Work is viewed as a product of Knowledge, Resources, Relationships, and Practice; accordingly competencies are addressed and examined by a range of activities within those four elements:

  • Knowledge – reading and exercises designed to critically examine the concepts, frameworks and theories that inform career development
  • Resources – reading and exercises designed to acquire and review skills, strategies and tools commonly used to facilitate career development
  • Relationships – activities such as online discussion designed to develop communication skills, collegiality, networks, teams and organisations that underpin effectiveness
  • Practice – activities such as self-reflection and a small professional development program will require you to develop, evaluate and review the methods and processes common to career development.

In keeping with the competency focus of the profession and this course, learning activities will be linked to your own personal and professional practice with the intention of producing capable practitioners. Learning activities will help you to develop an understanding of career development competencies, generally, and insight into your own strengths, weaknesses and scope for development, specifically.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a distance education course, materials are delivered through a variety of formats. These include online delivery via myRMIT and / or PDF files on CD. Learning resources are comprehensive – no additional texts or materials are required beyond those supplied.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly describe key career development concepts, theory and practice will be assessed via a number of written assessment tasks such as your contribution to online discussion and assignments.

A suggested timetable for assessment submission is provided but dates are open to negotiation within semester of enrolment.