Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

One year (2 units per Trimester 1 and 2) or part-time equivalent

Deakin course codeH577

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience that are applicable to any career where working with individuals and groups for behaviour change is a focus. Throughout the course you will acquire strong interpersonal, coaching, facilitation, counselling and communication skills and the ability to adapt the application of various tools and techniques across challenging individual and group settings. You will also acquire skills relevant to research evaluation and methodologies, ethics and professional standards, reflective practice and professional development.

Professional recognition

The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) allots Professional Development points for graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Counselling – the ACA does not accredit Graduate Certificate courses. (Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Coaching and Counselling can apply for Level 2 membership with the ACA.)

Career opportunities

This course provides sufficient generic skills and professional practice applicable to any career where working with individuals and groups for behaviour change is a focus.

For students who have a recognised undergraduate major sequence in psychology, this course offers an alternative career pathway from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved Honours and Graduate Diploma courses.

Graduates will be well-equipped for a range of positions that require coaching and/or counselling expertise, including (but not limited to):

  • counselling and health coaching
  • business and leadership coaching, human resources
  • supervisor roles; team leaders, and managers
  • youth programs; education institutions
  • community groups/support agencies, adult education
  • human services and health/medical/psychology domains
  • professional trainer/facilitator for seminars and workshops
  • sports, exercise and nutrition coaching
  • public speaking and presentations, Public Relations
  • private practice (e.g., life coach; executive coach; mentor, counsellor or life skills counsellor)
  • Not-For-Profit organisations e.g., welfare organisations, community Centres; aid organisations


Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling will be able to articulate into H677 Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling consists of 4 credit points of compulsory study.

Course structure

Core units

HPY702Coaching and Counselling Theories and Approaches

HPY703Coaching and Counselling Individuals

HPY704Coaching and Counselling Groups

HPY705Evaluation, Ethical Practice and Professional Development