Graduate Certificate of Career Development

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Course overview

James Cook University’s Graduate Certificate of Career Development is an accredited course designed to enhance your qualifications in the fields of career education and career guidance and counselling. You may choose to further your studies into a Master of Guidance and Counselling.

The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has endorsed the Graduate Certificate of Career Development delivered by James Cook University as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners.

The Graduate Certificate of Career Development offers a pathway into the Master of Guidance and Counselling for those who do not meet the entry requirement concerning an appropriate degree.

This program is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders

Start dates
12 months part-time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year

Study Program

Students are required to complete 4 core subjects (12 credit points).

  • Foundations of Counselling Theory
  • Career and Leisure Guidance & Counselling
  • Career Development Portfolio Part 1
  • Career Development Portfolio Part 2

Students who have successfully completed a Master of Guidance and Counselling degree or postgraduate equivalent may apply for advanced standing for the core subjects Foundations of Counselling Theory and Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling.

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of a recognised undergraduate degree
  • Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Masters degrees. (Further information on AQF can be found at

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 86 (no component less than 21) / Pearson PTE Academic 58 (no component less than 54); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Attendance Requirements

As this is a professional training programme, students are required to attend all classes.

Career Outcomes

Graduates will have a specialisation in career development counselling.

How to apply

Apply Online

How to Apply Online and Online Application Guideline.

Please note that this program is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders only.

Tuition Fees

S$13,054 (Domestic*)

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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