English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
1 year part-time
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.
- 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.
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.
Course Elective unit
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
Plus course elective
Any two 0.5cp microcredential units 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:
*Part-time study only in Trimester 1
Trimester 2* - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
*Full-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.
This course does not require students to undertake formal work integrated learning units.
Minimum admission requirements:
- Bachelor's degree or higher, OR
- two years of relevant work experience, OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
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
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.
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.
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.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
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.
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.