Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice at UNE?

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice is a Bespoke course which gives you the freedom to choose from more than 500 units across the full breadth of university subject areas, and assemble them into your own unique course.

Up to half of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice is derived from the knowledge that you have already gained in your work and life. This knowledge is recognised and combined with units that will give you the new knowledge you need now and in the future.

Your experience is reflected in a portfolio which forms the basis of assessment for the core unit 'Developing Your Professional Practice'. All career skills and knowledge are relevant, including formal learning and life and workplace experience. This means that you have completed a significant step toward your Graduate Certificate before you even begin, saving you valuable time.

You will graduate with a university postgraduate award that complies with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is eligible for FEE-HELP.

Study online in any of our three study periods (trimesters) with 24/7 tutor support. Finish in one trimester, or take three.

Your individual circumstances are unique, so an academic success adviser will help you to plan your Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice and will be there for advice all the way.

Career Opportunities

Being a highly tailored course, the career opportunities are very specific to each individual. Depending on your career aspirations, the award may help to:

diversify skillsets to create more career choices,

hone specialist skills to give a competitive edge in a chosen field or

provide new skills to take your career in a new direction.

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Degree Snapshot


0.5 Years Full-time
2 Years Part-time


Full Fee


OUA Study Period 1, Online
OUA Study Period 2, Online
OUA Study Period 3, Online
OUA Study Period 4, Online
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation GradCertProfPrac
Course Type Postgraduate
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Study Period 1 Online
Armidale OUA Study Period 2 Online
Armidale OUA Study Period 3 Online
Armidale OUA Study Period 4 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 0.5 Years Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees Full Fee
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Total Credit Points 24
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree, or above in any discipline; or

(b) satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and workplace experience, at least equivalent to admission rule (a), of adequate preparation for candidature.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

While no formal work placement or WIL is undertaken in the course, the Developing Your Professional Practice unit within the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice is designed to curate existing professional work artefacts and experiences into a professional portfolio for assessment.

Furthermore, the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice will strongly support Accreditation of Prior Learning applications.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum Advanced Standing shall be for units counting 18 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course and were not part of the degree on which admission was based. Advanced Standing will only be granted for formal learning.

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Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice is a highly flexible award which aims to develop contemporary professionals according to their particular career development needs. The course develops students' leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills to help diagnose, analyse and solve real-world problems. Students engage in collaborative activities that will enhance their ability to communicate persuasively with a range of stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. curate a compelling professional identity and philosophy, and demonstrate the ability to critically communicate this to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  2. demonstrate professional leadership capabilities, identify professional opportunities or challenges and devise strategies to respond or resolve using an evidence-based approach;
  3. model specialist knowledge, research and communication skills that contribute to life-long application in their professional career; and
  4. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement and responsibility in conducting, reporting and reflecting on professional practice.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of a discipline is taught in 2 or 3 of the units in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Through guided contact with their academic concierge, students will select the units that constitute meaningful and valuable learning for them. This may involve selecting units from just one discipline for a deep course experience or up to three disciplines if they require a broader, inter-disciplinary curriculum.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are taught, practised and assessed throughout this course. Students will utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders. Students will develop oral, written and presentation skills relevant to professional contexts through assessments such as portfolio building.

Problem Solving

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course using scenarios requiring students to use advanced cognitive and critical thinking skills to identify professional issues, and to critically analyse and evaluate the relevant theories and concepts to construct professional solutions.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course as students need to identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to analyse complex professional-related issues.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Throughout the course, ethical conduct and social responsibility is taught, practised and assessed. Students need to reflect on the principles of professional and social responsibility and critically apply these to a range of ethical issues and scenarios.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is taught and assessed in this course through reflective tasks that encourage critical analysis of professional experience, and appreciated of professional practice as a dynamic discipline.

Independence and Collaboration

Students function as individual professionals throughout the duration of the course, but also develop collaborative skills through interaction with both other students and the academic concierge, and demonstrate this in assessment contexts such as a professional portfolio.

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