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


Current Deakin Students

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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 29% 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 will 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

2024 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
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 course 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, DAI001 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.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    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

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years’ relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    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 through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International 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.


    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.