Professional Practice credentials

Deakin’s Professional Practice credentials offer a new way to recognise the skills and knowledge you’ve developed through learning, work and experience.

From employability skills, such as communication and problem-solving, to leadership and technical knowledge like digital marketing and design thinking, our credentials provide independent proof of your professional capabilities. Even better, the credentialing process is entirely online and works around your busy schedule.

Deakin’s credentials are developed in consultation with industry experts and professional bodies to ensure they’re applicable in the workforce. Credentials are not degrees, but they are aligned with international qualifications and industry skill frameworks. Some credentials lead to credit towards a Deakin postgraduate degree.

A Professional Practice credential costs AUD $495.

Who are credentials for?

Credentials are designed for experienced professionals looking for formal recognition of their skills and knowledge. They’re offered at three levels (aligned to Bachelor, Pre Master and Master levels) and are suited to a range of professionals, from those early in their career to those with significant experience.

Credentials are useful if you want to be recognised for your current skills in order to advance your career. They may be recognised by your employer or by your industry as proof of your capability, or they may lead to credit towards further study at Deakin University.

How do credentials work?

Because credentials are designed to recognise the skills and knowledge you already have, the process to earn a credential does not involve formal classes. Instead, Deakin University assesses your skills and knowledge based on your presentation of evidence.

To achieve credentials, you submit a portfolio of evidence with a reflective narrative and video testimony that demonstrate the skills and knowledge you’ve already gained in the workplace. There are five steps in the credential process.

A portfolio of evidence usually takes approximately four to eight hours to compile. Once submitted, your application will be assessed within two weeks.

You can access our free online courses designed to help you prepare your evidence and apply for a credential.  You can use this free course at a time and pace that suits you.

How to earn a Professional Practice credential

Learn how to earn a Professional Practice credential in five steps.

How do credentials relate to degree qualifications?

These credentials are 'micro signals' of achievement aligned with dimensions of workplace practice.

They are NOT degree qualifications by themselves – but their levels of achievement align with international skills and qualification frameworks. In some cases, they lead to credit towards a Deakin University postgraduate degree.

Deakin Professional Practice credentialsBachelor-alignedPre-master's-alignedMaster's-aligned
How credential levels align to international qualification frameworks
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) AQF Level 7

Bachelor degree
AQF Level 8

Graduate certificate

Graduate diploma

Bachelor Honours degree 
AQF Level 9

Master's degree 
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with Bologna Cycles Level 6 – Cycle 1 Level 7 – Cycle 2
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) FHEQ Level 6

Bachelors degree

Bachelors degree with honours

Graduate diploma

Graduate certificate
FHEQ Level 7
 
Master's degree
 
Postgraduate diploma
 
Postgraduate certificate 
USA Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) Bachelors degree                                            Master's Degree
How credentials levels align to levels of work Operational Functional Strategic

What do I receive?

Successful credential candidates receive a digital credential that can be shared publicly through social media and professional platforms like LinkedIn.

The digital badge has meta data attached that includes a description of the credential and criteria the recipient satisfied.

Choose a credential

Deakin offers credentials in employability skills, technical knowledge and leadership.

Core employability

Communication
Communication
Communication is essential to promote commitment and the sharing of ideas and information within your team and across the organisation, external stakeholders and customers.
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Critical thinking
Critical thinking
Critical thinking is essential to analyse a situation or problem, identify causal relationships and generate an optimal solution.
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Digital literacy
Digital literacy
Digital literacy is an essential skill for effective participation in today's fast paced digital world with businesses relying on digital technology for all aspects of their operations.
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Global citizenship
Global citizenship
Global citizenship is essential in understanding your professional responsibilities in an increasingly diverse global economy and society.
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Innovation
Innovation
Innovation skills are essential for organisations to respond to future opportunities, embrace new uses of technologies and improve industry methods.
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Problem solving
Problem solving
Problem solving is an essential part of business today as it involves the ability to define and analyse problems, identify problem severity and implement optimal solutions.
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Professional ethics
Professional ethics
Professional ethics encompasses the personal, organisational and corporate standard of behaviour expected of professionals.
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Self-management
Self-management
Show how you work and learn independently, and take responsibility for personal actions.
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Teamwork
Teamwork
Teamwork is one of the most highly regarded employability skills and many organisations rely on successful teamwork to achieve organisational goals and objectives.
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Leadership

Adaptive mindsets
Adaptive mindsets
Adaptive mindsets is the ability to develop and promote responsiveness and foster the capacity of individuals, groups and the organisation to be adaptive.
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Driving strategic results
Driving strategic results
Driving strategic results is the ability to promote the achievement of excellence and the attainment of strategic outcomes.
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Empowering others
Empowering others
Empowering others is the ability to empower and encourage people in their work to achieve and exceed agreed objectives.
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Leading and developing people
Leading and developing people
Leading and developing people is the ability to effectively lead and develop people to improve performance, talent and capability within your organisation.
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Technical knowledge

Content marketing
Content marketing
The Content marketing credential is essential to promote your ability to create and deliver relevant and consistent content to engage with specific audiences.
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Creative marketing
Creative marketing
The Creative marketing credential is essential to promote your ability to generate innovative ideas that are relevant to target audiences and differentiating in the market place to drive results - to create work that works.
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Customer experience
Customer experience
The customer experience has emerged as the single most important aspect in achieving success. Truly understanding customer needs and putting them first is critical to a company's bottom line.
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Data-driven marketing
Data-driven marketing
The Data-driven marketing credential is essential to promote your ability to transform consumer data into marketing insights to optimise the results of marketing investment.
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Design thinking
Design thinking
Globally, more and more organisations are using design thinking methodologies, also known as human-centred design, to bring value to their people and customers.
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Digital learning
Digital learning
In today's digital world of work, digital learning is any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or by the application of a wide spectrum of practices that makes effective use of technology. Digital learning is not all digital, but leverages digital tools in an integrated way.
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Digital marketing
Digital marketing
The Digital marketing credential is essential to promote your ability to understand brands and consumers and build relationships between them through digital platforms and channels.
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Risk management
Risk management
Risk management is an integral part of managing an organisation effectively in times of increased uncertainty and global disruption.
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