Graduate Certificate of Recruitment and Talent Acquisition

Postgraduate coursework

Recruitment and talent acquisition professionals are in high demand. Gain the skills your future employers are looking for with this industry co-designed course.

Key facts


1 year part-time


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2023 close 25 June 2023

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Build the skills and qualifications to set yourself apart in a recruitment and talent acquisition career.

The need for qualified experts in the field of talent acquisition is growing. As recruitment challenges become more complex, the demand for highly skilled human resources professionals increases.

Deakin Business School's new Graduate Certificate in Recruitment and Talent Acquisition is the first course of its kind in Australia. Co-designed with the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA), the course has been created to help meet the need for qualified practitioners working in the industry.

Do you want to join an ever-expanding industry experiencing high demand for qualified practitioners?

If you're looking for a career change, this is your opportunity to gain highly sought-after skills to step into a growth industry with exceptional career prospects.

Already working in industry? This course will solidify your understanding of the theory underpinning successful practice. In an industry where less than 25% of practitioners have a postgraduate qualification, it's a sure-fire way to place yourself ahead of the pack.

The industry involvement in the development of this course ensures a high level of real-world relevancy. Case studies are drawn directly from practice, meaning you'll graduate with an experiential understanding of what works and a theoretical understanding of why.

The Graduate Certificate in Recruitment and Talent Acquisition prepares you to:

  • Be highly skilled at identifying and recruiting talent.
  • Become expert in the strategic brand management and marketing of individuals and businesses.
  • Understand the theory behind employment relations and use this to create and maintain positive relationships between organisations and employees.
  • Implement strategic staffing plans to manage recruitment, selection and retention.
  • Utilise people analytics and management technologies to manage and forecast workplace demands.
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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Recruitment and Talent Acquisition

2023 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

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

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Recruitment and Talent Acquisition , students must attain a total of 4 credit points of 3 core units and 1 credit point elective unit or any two 0.5cp microcredential units offered by Deakin in the Business and Management interest area, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.


Core units


Course Elective unit


Total credit points

Core units

  • Strategic Staffing
  • Workplace Relations
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course Elective

    Plus course elective

  • People Analytics
  • or

    Any two 0.5cp microcredentials offered by Deakin in the Business and Management interest area

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

      *Part-time study only in Trimester 1

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

      Part-time study only in Trimester 2

    This course is available for part-time study only.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.


    There is an expectation that the students will undertake at least 150 hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to undertake formal work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum admission requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree or higher, OR
    • two years of relevant work experience*, OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    *Note: Must have work experience in recruitment or in the recruitment industry.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. 

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application 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.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways


    Further study options

    This course acts as a pathway to any Deakin Business School Coursework Masters degree that has provision for a minimum of four credit points of electives or for a Faculty-wide specialisation to be taken as part of its structure.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    This course gives you the skills and knowledge to work in recruitment within organisations, in job placement programs, in labour hire organisations, and more. Possible roles include:

    • Talent Acquisition Coordinator
    • Talent Acquisition Manager
    • Talent Acquisition Advisor
    • Talent Acquisition Consultant
    • Recruitment Advisor
    • Senior Recruitment Consultant
    • Human Resources Professional  

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop knowledge of challenges faced by organisations in recruitment and apply the skills expected of recruitment practitioners in the industry.


    Communicate complex considerations on approaches used to make informed recruitment and talent acquisition decisions.

    Digital literacy

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse and evaluate trends and current issues faced by practitioners in the recruitment and talent acquisition market.

    Problem solving

    Examine challenges faced in recruitment and talent acquisition by organisations and formulate appropriate approaches to address these.


    Operate successfully as an independent learner in an online learning environment.

    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award
    Global citizenship

    Identify and respond to authentic ethical and cultural issues faced within the recruitment industry.

    We are delivering a course that meets industry demand so when students get this qualification, they have the skills, knowledge and attributes required to be successful in the industry and they can hit the ground running.

    Dr Justine Ferrer