GD069 - Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development

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Plan: GD069DE - Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development
Award abbreviation: GradDipCarEd&Dev
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Two semesters full-time or four semesters part-time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090513
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The GD069 Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development has been designed for you to develop essential theoretical knowledge and technical skills in career development for the emerging and important career development industry. 

You will critically engage with career development practice and be conversant in the key concepts and competencies underpinning the constantly changing and growing career development industry, with a focus on collaborative practice. While acquiring knowledge and skills in traditional areas of practice such as vocational assessment and preparation for employment, you will also learn about developing issues such as work/life balance, case management and career construction while exploring emerging trends in technology and social media.  A capstone experience based on an individually negotiated professional placement will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner with knowledge and skills in the career development industry. You will be able to employ core competencies to a range of clients in diverse settings such as education, employment services, the corporate world, and private practice. 

In your preparation for your professional and leadership activities in career development, you will also be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. You will be able to confidently communicate with management and the employer sector and allied professionals such as welfare workers, pathways providers and those in learning and development. 

You will gain skills in global contexts for research and life-long learning to enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving. You will gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to plan, produce and deliver your own career development programs and practices. 


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. 

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University. 


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

An Australian Graduate Certificate in Career Development or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience or professional practice may be considered.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. 

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page



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    External accreditation and industry links

    The GD069 Graduate Diploma in Careers Education and Development has Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) endorsement and graduates are eligible to join member organisations such as the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV), National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) and Careers Advisers Association of NSW (CAA).

    The programs teaching team is recognised within the public and private sectors as a leader in the provision of professional training in career education and career counselling.  Staff have extensive experience in university teaching, curriculum development, distance education, program planning, research and evaluation, and most importantly, in careers education and counselling.  The teaching team works cooperatively to ensure it provides a consistent approach to participant learning and is committed to maximising participant outcomes - as consistently demonstrated to individual students and in a number of consultancies it has undertaken for business and government within Australia and overseas such as the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (NSW DET) and Victorian of Childhood, Early Education and Development (DCEED).


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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    Resources available form the Library
    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you may access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the University Library.  Resources include comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD's, magazines, slides, films etc.  You may also make use of computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software and access the expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc. all of which are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

    As you are enrolled as a distance education student, you are entitled to use RMIT’s Document Delivery Service (DDS) to obtain books, copies of articles and book chapters.  For information on the DDS visit

    The recommended texts associated with the program will be provided at the time your program commences.  They will be available for purchase from the RMIT Bookshop, however, it is suggested that you use the RMIT Library Document Delivery Service (DDS) to first borrow any books that you are considering buying. 

    If you live in Victoria and wish to borrow items from other Victorian academic libraries, you will need to obtain a CAVAL card.   Information on the CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program is available at  The National Borrowing Scheme allows RMIT students living anywhere in Australia to borrow items from participating universities in their home sites. 

    You can find more information on library resources and services at:

    Online learning tools and content
    As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

    Courses are also available as PDF files downloadable from myRMIT. The PDFs contain the full curriculum plus other the study resources, however new resources and materials will be added to the site during the semester. Learning materials to aid your study, including access to online study guides, electronic readings, web resources, information about assessment and access to online discussion boards, are also available through myRMIT.  If you have difficulty accessing myRMIT, you should contact the IT helpdesk at or on 9925 8888.

    Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
    RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

    • transition to tertiary study and learning
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
    • career development and employment
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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