Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning trains you to improve the strength, power and endurance of your athletes and peak them for competition.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.0 in all bands. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 year over 3 consecutive trimesters. This applies to students commencing in all trimesters

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning trains you to improve the strength, power and endurance of your athletes and peak them for competition. Upskill in key areas of sport science that allow you to solve more complex challenges. You will gain the expertise to develop customised strength and conditioning programs that are grounded in science and backed by evidence.

Want the career benefits of postgraduate study without having to commit to a longer degree?

The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning is designed for busy professionals looking to progress their career in the sport science industry. You can study while you work and complete your degree online in one year part time. You’ll also benefit from two short intensives on campus.

Develop the complex knowledge and skills to solve multi-faceted challenges. Your athlete might need muscular hypertrophy to improve their performance in a contact sport; or they may need a long-term training program that sees their endurance peaking for a tournament two years from now. No matter their goal, you will be able to create a program that gives them their best shot at success. Become an expert in leading methods across a range of areas, including:

  • strength and hypertrophy
  • plyometrics, speed, and muscular power
  • aerobic and anaerobic power
  • periodisation and tapering methods
  • high-intensity interval training
  • recovery methods
  • integrity, ethics and legal considerations
  • communication with athletes and coaches

Complement these technical skills by boosting your management capabilities through studies in leadership, culture development and continuous improvement. These management skills don’t just make you more employable, they give you a recipe for team success and allow you to develop your support staff, as well as your athletes.


The curriculum is underpinned by science and research, some of which is produced by expert Deakin academics who research training methods to optimise their use – just one of the reasons why Deakin has been the number one sport science school in Australia for four years running*. You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate and apply research to make confident, evidence-based decisions in your role. Better still, you will have direct access to academics with expertise in a broad range of sport science fields. This includes specialist researchers within Deakin’s multidisciplinary Centre for Sport Research (CSR) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Draw on their professional experiences in your everyday work and leverage their industry connections to start forming your own.

The course is made up of four of the ten units from Deakin’s Master of Applied Sport Science.

After completing this course, you may wish to enhance your credentials further by articulating into the Master of Applied Sport Science.

* Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning students must attain 4 credit points comprising 4 one credit point core units. There are no elective units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information. The course maps will guide the units you need to enrol in each trimester.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)
  • Strength and Conditioning for High Performing Athletes ^
  • Trimester 2

  • Athlete Development and Performance Management
  • Trimester 3

  • Management and Leadership in High Performance Sport ^
  • Advanced Training Design for Sport ^
  • ^ Units have an on campus intensive requirement.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    H513
    Level
    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

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud campus

    International students are strongly encouraged to undertake HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes in Trimester 3 to align the intensive components with HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport. This means you can complete all the course’s intensive requirements within the intensive in Trimester 3.

    International students who commence in Trimester 1 -  you can either attend HSE724 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Athletes intensives in Trimester 1 and then attend the Trimester 3 intensive for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport OR defer the Trimester 1 intensives and complete them in Trimester 3, with the other 2 intensives for HSE721 High Performance Management in Sport and HSE725 Factors Influencing Training Design for Sport units.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    HSE724 and HSE725 require on campus attendance.

    International students can choose to attend HSE721 intensive via on campus or cloud mode (video conferencing). We would recommend international students attend the HSE721 intensive on campus alongside the HSE725 intensive.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher
      OR
    • Two years 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

    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

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/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.

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    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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    How to apply

    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.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    The course prepares you for career growth in the industry. Graduate with a sought-after combination of sport science and managerial skills that set you up for success in roles such as:

    • high performance manager
    • strength and conditioning coach (sports clubs, performance training centres, sports and private schools)

    If you are looking to pursue further study, you may wish to articulate into the Master of Applied Sport Science after completing this course.

    Professional recognition

    While this course is not accredited by a professional body, graduates may be eligible to apply for individual accreditation with relevant industry bodies including but not limited to:

    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 Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced knowledge of selected aspects of sport science to sport performance related problems including some key principles and concepts

    Communication

    Select and use appropriate modes of communication to transmit evidence based sport science knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences with a view to inform, motivate and effect change at the individual and organisational level.

    Digital Literacy

    Use digital technologies to locate and disseminate information, ideas and resources related to sport science to specialist and non- specialist audiences

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse complex theoretical and technical information related to a specialised sport science context.

    Problem Solving

    Apply advanced cognitive and technical skills to autonomously analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex sport science problems in a specialised sport science context.

    Self-management

    Employ high-level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement and adaptability to familiar and emerging challenges confronting sport scientists.

    Teamwork

    Contribute to an interdisciplinary team and establish constructive relationships, with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes and to advance sport science in a specialised sport science context.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates personal autonomy, awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in sport sciences.