Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership)



For the student wishing to supplement their base understanding about professional practice in leadership skills, the graduate certificate will give you a taste of study.

Recognise the capabilities displayed by pivotal leaders, through integration of theoretical investigation and professional practice, within this specialist program. Learn to drive results while engaging others in the journey and transforming an organisation to deal with technology disruption, changing customer needs and turbulent external environments. The emphasis for this program is on developing relevant skills, contemporary knowledge, and real experience, to develop the business leaders of tomorrow.

Delivered wholly online, this program makes it ideal for busy professionals who want to study and immediately apply the knowledge and skills obtained through the unit, in their own workplace. The Professional Practice Credential Assessment complements this course, where students provide evidence of their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience for assessment, to obtain a suite of credentials that recognise their professional expertise.

Successful students may articulate into the Master of Professional Practice (Leadership).


Key facts


1 to 1.5 years part-time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership)


2018 course information

Estimated fee rate

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

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Trial this course on FutureLearn

The coursework units in this course are delivered on FutureLearn, a highly flexible, easy-to-use online learning platform that connects you with Deakin Students and practitioners from all corners of the world for a truly global perspective.

Units delivered on FutureLearn are broken down into easily-manageable two-week blocks, allowing you the flexibility to fit learning around your work and lifestyle.

The first two-week block of this course is delivered for free, meaning you can get a taste for Deakin's world-class education before deciding to continue on to complete your course.

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Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • At least five years relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) *

*Note: Full-time (or equivalent part-time) managerial, leadership in innovative or entrepreneurial business or ventures or equivalent.


 For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary leadership theory and practices, creating new discipline knowledge through applied research methods


Demonstrate advanced communication skills through the use of tools, techniques and media to gather data, and engage and inspire others

Digital Literacy

Discover, analyse, synthesise and disseminate complex information, data and ideas to stakeholders, strategic partners and professional colleagues using a range of digital technologies and channels

Critical thinking

Systematically and critically analyse and test leadership styles, models and theories to optimise leadership impact within a specific cultural and operational context to drive strategy

Problem Solving

Apply advanced problem solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct and advocate for recommended innovative solutions for complex leadership related issues


Advance personal development and capacity as a leader to proactively drive and take responsibility for strategic results


Work across a range of professions, functions, contexts or teams to optimise collaborative outcomes, to improve strategic outcomes

Global Citizenship

Define and reinforce the vision and values that orient collective effort, socially responsibility and ethical decision making



Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership), requires successful completion 2 credit points of core units and 4 Professional Practice credentials.

Core unit

  • Leadership Practice with Impact MPL700
  • Leadership Challenges MPL701
  • Credentials

    Students must successfully complete four Professional Practice credentials which include two core credentials (Communications and Self-management) plus a minimum of one Leadership Specialist Knowledge credential and one elective credential (Note: the elective credential can be replaced with another Leadership Specialist Knowledge credential).

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. All professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes and will be assessed within the context of the leadership discipline. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives. Please refer to the table below for the list of credentials.

    Graduate Certificate Credential Requirements
    Core credentials
    Minimum Level*^ Currency*
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRSMA-A1 Self-management 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    Leadership Specialist Knowledge credentials    
    At least one from the following list:    
    CRLDP-A1 Lead and develop people 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CREMO-A1 Empower others 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRADC-A1 Adapt and change 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRDSR-A1 Drive strategic results 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    Elective credentials
    CRDIL-A1 Digital literacy 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRCRI-A1 Critical thinking 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRPSV-A1 Problem solving 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRTWK-A1 Teamwork 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRPRE-A1 Professional ethics 5 (Advanced)  5 years
    CRGCZ-A1 Global citizenship 5 (Advanced)  5 years

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialing.

    ^ There are five levels and these are aligned with recognized "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks.  Level 5 is aligned to the AQF Masters Level.

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Course pathways

    Completion of a Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Leadership) is an alternative entry option for students wishing to attain a Master of Professional Practice (Leadership) but who have not completed a Bachelor Degree. 

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    +61 3 9244 6555


    The typical time that a student would spend in learning and assessment activities is expected to be approximately 150 hours for each credit point completed via the university. Time taken to prepare evidence of credentials will vary for each student based on individual professional practice experience.

    Fee information

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    The course includes a combination of tuition fees for two credit points of study and four Professional Practice Credentials. It is estimated Professional Practice Credentials is $1,980. 

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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