Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling

Course summary for local 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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$9,000* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Further information
Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H577

*The full course fee is $9,000.  The course is only offered part-time. FEE-HELP is available.

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

A number of professional associations are linked to the coaching and counselling fields, including the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP), the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). The 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).

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

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.

Deakin University is now offering the only programs in Australia that provide both counselling and coaching skills within the one qualification. The course also includes extensive training in motivating and supporting behaviour change and growth, as well as advanced communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, for both individual and group applications.

So whether you’re a health or mental health professional wanting to extend your capacity to assist your clients improve their lives, a workplace supervisor/manager who wants to be better at inspiring and assisting staff or clients to excel, or a recent graduate of psychology1 or other relevant field wanting to improve your skills and qualifications to be more competitive and competent in the job market, this course will help you make it happen.

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 (for example: life coach, executive coach, mentor, counsellor or life skills counsellor)
  • not-for-profit organisations such as welfare organisations, community centres, aid organisations.

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


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

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  • successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination.
  • For applicants without a 3-year undergraduate degree, alternative entry is available. This entails being able to demonstrate having had 3-years full time (or equivalent) of relevant work experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.