Certificate IV in Career Development

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of programs and services to individuals and groups of clients and employers to support them in planning their career and/or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment.

Workers at this level:

Need an understanding of access and equity issues including cultural diversity, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and disability issues and to work with local communities in the provision of services

May have limited supervisory responsibilities (e.g. in employment services context).

Work at this level may include, for example:

Work in career information and transition services

Assisting in career adviser roles in education, training, school or transition work environments.

Occupational titles may include, for example:

Career information officer

Career and transition services coordinator

This qualification may also be appropriate for workers already holding a relevant professional or vocational qualification for application in areas such as:

School career advice and VET in Schools work

Human resources, education and training and industry specialisation.

In addition, a recommended skill set is identified for such individuals as an introduction to career development work.



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

11 core units

5 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are required for work in career development at this level

Group B elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in 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 CHCCAR501C Conduct career guidance interview

add topic CHCCDP401B Deliver service consistent with a career development framework

add topic CHCCDP402B Assist clients to plan and access career pathways

add topic CHCCDP403B Analyse and apply education and training information

add topic CHCCS407C Operate referral procedures

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCES411A Collect, analyse and apply labour market information

add topic CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services

add topic CHCORG405E Maintain an effective work environment

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Group A electives - required for work in career development at this level

The following units or units with equivalent competency outcomes are required for work in career development at this level.

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking career development work 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.

Group B elective - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic CHCAD401D Advocate for clients

add topic CHCCDP501B Liaise with employers to promote flexible work arrangements

add topic CHCCM401D Undertake case management

add topic CHCCM402E Establish and monitor a case plan

add topic CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCS416B Assess and provide services for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients

add topic CHCES305B Monitor Australian Apprenticeships arrangements

add topic CHCES311B Work effectively in employment services

add topic CHCES402C Deliver Australian Apprenticeships services

add topic CHCES404B Promote clients to employers

add topic CHCES413A Develop and monitor employment plans with clients

add topic CHCES415A Monitor and improve contracted employment services

add topic CHCES416A Plan and provide job search support

add topic CHCCS427B Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCNET402B Establish and maintain effective networks

add topic CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

Working with people with disabilities

add topic CHCDIS408D Support people with disabilities as workers

add topic CHCDIS411A Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

add topic CHCDIS509E Maximise participation in work by people with disabilities

add topic CHCEDS330B Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to difficult or challenging behaviour

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Financial literacy education electives

add topic CHCFLE301A Work with clients needing financial literacy education

add topic CHCFLE302A Educate clients in fundamental financial literacy skills

add topic CHCFLE303A Educate clients to understand debt and consumer credit

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

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