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Certificate IV in Career Development


Develop your own career by helping others develop theirs.

A good career development counsellor can do more than get someone a job, they can have a massive impact. Work is a big part of most people live and helping them navigate the often complex world of career can be life-changing.

If you enjoy working with people, or you relish the challenges of the business environment, a role in career development could be your path to career fulfilment.

With the world of work changing faster than ever, demand for highly skilled career counsellors is expanding. Opportunities exist across both traditional and emerging sectors, from education settings and employment service industries to corporate environments and agencies working with disadvantaged groups in the community.

The Certificate IV in Career Development is also ideal for:

  • Those wanting to enter the sector or seeking a career change
  • Those already in the sector, (employment consultants, recruiters, etc) wanting to branch into career development or become a job club operator or return to work specialist
  • Those working in the sector but without qualification
  • Those working in education wanting to specialise as career advisors


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As new technologies and industries come on-stream, so do new opportunities. However, in a rapidly evolving job market, traditional work patterns and career arcs will need careful rethinking.


This qualification addresses the increasing demand for specialised career mentoring in schools and universities, employment agencies, HR and recruitment, and with providers servicing vulnerable communities. It focuses on the skills, knowledge and interpersonal smarts needed to deliver service and relevant training to individuals, groups and employers.


Once in the workplace, your role will involve significant client contact; counselling and providing information about career direction, professional development and training. You will work with a diverse range of people, from school leavers through to experienced professionals looking for new pathways.


Graduates with this certificate may also have limited supervisory responsibilities in contexts such as employment services.

Job Roles

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of programs and services to individuals and groups of clients and employers to support them in planning their career and/or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment.

Work at this level may include, for example:

  • Work in career information and transition services
  • Assisting in career adviser roles in education, training, school or transition work environments.

Occupational titles may include, for example:

  • Career information officer
  • Career and transition services coordinator
  • Career coach
  • Career mentor

This qualification may also be appropriate for workers already holding a relevant professional or vocational qualification for application in areas such as:

  • School career advice and VET in Schools work
  • Human resources, education and training and industry specialisation.

Delivery Mode

  • Online
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Traineeship


Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions
  • role plays
  • project
  • holistic assessment
  • vocational placement
  • recognition of prior learning

Evidence may be

  • written
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

Note that part of the practical assessment for this unit is assessed during the holistic assessment. You must successfully pass the holistic assessment to achieve an outcome of “competent” for this unit.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.

All students will engage in a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) activity to evaluate potential support requirements. Students who are funded are required to complete an alternative and similar activity.

Students may need to obtain a police clearance to work in certain circumstances – eg in a school.


Course consists of 13 units … 8 core units and 5 electives. Assessment activities will include holistic assessment activities as well as 38hr (minimum) vocational placement at which you will demonstrate your learned skills.


CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECD001 Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development
CHCECD008 Deliver services consistent with a career development framework
CHCECD009 Conduct career guidance interviews
CHCECD010 Provide support to people in career transition
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information
CHCPRP004 Promote and represent the service


Fees vary due to government funding options available for some courses. Please contact us to confirm course fees.

Options may include:

  • Fee for Service
  • Concession
  • SkillingSA
  • Smart and Skilled


  • Full time – up to 12 months
  • Part time – up to 24 months

Why this course

Make a difference

Gain the skills needed to provide support or advocacy for people who are vulerable or disadvantaged.

Relationship building

Learn how to develop trust and facilitate sharing of emotions.

Understanding community issues

Learn how to analyse community problems to better understand root causes and plan effective interventions.

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