Vocational Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of career development services, including working independently as a professional career development practitioner or working within an organisation context.

Occupational titles include:

Career development practitioner

Workers at this level are making high level, independent, complex judgements in the context of providing guidance in career development. Their role involves the full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of their work.



7 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

4 core units

3 elective units

Elective units may include:

Relevant electives listed below

If necessary to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages or other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic BSBLED707A Establish career development services

add topic BSBLED708A Conduct a career development session

add topic CHCCDP701A Manage quality in career development practice

add topic CHCCS805B Undertake professional reflection

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in the community sector need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Relevant electives

add topic BSBINM601A Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBLED705A Plan and implement a mentoring program

add topic BSBLED706A Plan and implement a coaching strategy

add topic BSBLED709A Identify and communicate trends in career development

add topic BSBREL701A Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCCS522B Address complex legal and ethical issues in professional practice (Note pre-requisite add topic CHCCS400C )

add topic CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

add topic CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice

add topic CHCORG609D Manage projects and strategies

add topic CHCORG620D Promote and represent the service

add topic CHCORG621D Act as a resource to other services

add topic CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

add topic PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suited to candidates who have significant experience working in career development or who have a qualification relevant to this work.

To gain entry into CHC70308 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice a candidate must have:

A qualification at diploma level or higher in a discipline related to career development or counselling work


Significant previous experience working in a job role involving the self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas and the exercise of independent judgement and decision making.

Focus on holistic assessment

This qualification has been packaged with high level core units of competency and a limited range of elective units.

Holistic assessment of core and elective components of this qualification is required in order to achieve an integrated outcome applicable to career development practice at this level.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries