Course Title: Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (2)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (2)

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

HWSS2192 Professional Competencies for Career Development Practitioners (1)

Course Description

This course focuses on using and refining the capabilities required of career development practitioner. You are asked to apply and reflect upon the career development knowledge and theory, resources and tools, relationships, and practice essential to working professionally, ethically and effectively in any career development context.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Apply career development theories and career development frameworks, initiatives and policy to professional practice
  • Assist individuals with self-understanding particularly as it applies to identification of interests, skills and values and effective decision making
  • Foster career management strategies and facilitate change, transition and career construction
  • Conduct needs assessment, assist clients in effective job search strategies and job application processes, and make appropriate referrals
  • Apply labour market data to individual career plans and assist clients to access education and training opportunities and resources and develop career pathways
  • Apply appropriate and professional written and verbal communication skills to career development work
  • Work respectfully and ethically with individuals, demonstrating acceptance of difference and overcoming biases and stereotyping that limit career development
  • Apply skills in professional practice, e.g., service evaluation, maintenance of records, appropriate use of technology, planning and time management skills
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships
  • Display creativity, enterprise and a future focus

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 – activities such as client interviews designed to critically examine how career development concepts, frameworks and theories apply in practice
  • Resources – activities such as the case management of a client designed to apply and review skills, strategies and tools commonly used to facilitate career development
  • Relationships – activities such as an online forum designed to develop communication skills, collegiality, networks, teams and organisations that underpin effectiveness
  • Practice – activities such as a work placement designed to evaluate and reflect upon 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 and apply 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 assignment submission is provided but dates are open to negotiation within semester of enrolment.