Certificate IV in Career Development

Applications are now open! Apply before November 31st for 10% off full fee enrolment!

Apply now and enhance your career opportunities in 2024.

Key Facts

Course Code: CHC41215
Location: Online
Hawthorn East, VIC
Study Load: Part-time (12 months)
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: February, April, July, September
Fees: $3,200

Course Overview

This Nationally Recognised Training qualification is targeted at learners who wish to enhance their skills in careers development and assessment. Learners will develop knowledge on how to provide programs and services to individuals, groups of clients and employers, to support clients in planning their career or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment or progression.

This course will benefit individuals who work in human resources, people whose role involve professional and career mentoring, as well as psychologists or counsellors working as Career Advisors, Employment Consultants (Disability/Job Active), and Labour Market Research, in Employee Assistance Programs and careers development in the workplace.

Learners may have had previous training or careers prior to studying career development or may be existing higher education students, intern psychologists or other junior professionals. They may already deliver careers related assessments, including licenced psychological tests and educational tools. These learners will further develop the skills needed to provide immediate support and development for client’s career development needs as well as better identify and assist clients in their career goals.

Please note: Cairnmillar’s courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.

Application Period

Term 1 2024: Early bird applications close on Thursday 30th November for 10% off full fee enrolment. Priority applications will close on Sunday 7th January. Late applications will close on Sunday 21st January and will only be accepted if places are available.

What does this course offer?

  • Tailored assessments to suit your career goals or current workplace challenges.
  • Pay the same as Government funded programs.
  • Self-paced learning and evening lecturers allowing you to master in-demand career skills without having to leave your day job.
  • Direct pathway into undergraduate study.
  • Designed by industry experts and taught by experienced practitioners.
  • Small class sizes and in-depth discussions, allowing you to fully explore the subject areas.
  • A supportive environment with a dedicated Lecturer Support Tutor.
  • High-quality teaching and learning experience.

Course Schedule

Students can enter the course at the beginning of each term – February, April, July and September. The course takes 12 months to complete in total and meets the requirements of a part-time program.

Students undertake the course through self-paced online learning across 10-week block periods. Each week includes one 90-minute live interactive session. This session is scheduled every Wednesday from 4.30pm until 6pm and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East Campus, 391-393 Tooronga Road.


2024 Academic Calendar

Term  Weeks  Dates 


5th February – 14h April 2024



15th April – 21th April 2024


22th April – 30th June 2024



1st July – 14th July 2024


15th July – 22nd September 2024



23rd September – 29th September 2024


30th September – 8th December 2024


Units of Competency

Term 1  Term 2  Term 3  Term 4 
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships CHCECD008 Deliver services consistent with a career development framework CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CCHCECD009 Conduct career guidance interviews CHCECD010 Provide support to people in career transition CHCDIS014 Develop and use strategies for communication with augmentative and alternative communication systems CHCECD001 Analyse and apply information that supports employment and career development
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships CHCPRP004 Promote and represent the service
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

For all unit descriptions, please view the Course Guide available for download at the top of this page.

Only want to enrol in one or more units? We now offer microcredential enrolment! Click here to read more.

Entry Requirements

Entrants will normally have completed a higher education degree in psychology or a similar discipline. If you do not have a degree, then you should normally have completed at least year 12.

Those applying who do not have a degree, may enter into a process in which they may be granted entry in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning or knowledge and skills gained through work or life experience, which can be assessed. Entrants will however be required to complete a language and numeracy test prior to commencement of the course.

It is also recommended that all learners have confidence using computers and online tools, as well as access to a laptop or home computer for research tasks.

When you apply to enrol, you must complete the online enrolment form through the VET Applications Portal, and supply the following documents with your online application:

  • Evidence of highest qualification (e.g. academic transcript or ATAR documentation)
  • A short written statement (500 words) about why you want to study this course
  • Evidence of identity and citizenship status (e.g. passport).

Suitable applications may be invited to attend a 10 minute Study Readiness phone interview with members of the Teaching Faculty. This interview also provides students the opportunity to discuss any questions they have about the proposed course of study, ensuring their goals for the subject are met.

The course or program leader can vary these entry standards where they have evidence that the student has equivalent learning and comprehension skills sufficient for the course. If you are unsure about your suitability or eligibility for this program, please contact [email protected] to discuss your specific situation in more detail.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Total Course Cost: $3,200*

Please refer to the Course Handbook for more information on tuition fee due dates.

*Total fees are estimates only based on the current fee schedule. Annual tuition fee review and possible increases apply. For more information on tuition fees, please visit the Fees & Scholarships page.

Career Opportunities & Study Pathways

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to provide programs and services to individuals and groups of clients and employers to support people in planning their career and/or locating, securing and maintaining suitable employment. They may work in career information and transition services or assist in career advisor roles in education, training, school or transition work environments. They may have limited supervisory responsibilities in contexts such as employment services.

The addition of the skills and competencies in the Certificate IV in Career Development will allow clinicians, teachers, and other professionals to provide immediate support and development for client’s career development needs as well as better identify and assist clients in their career goals. A Certificate IV in Career Development may be suitable for a student or graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or similar, who wants to apply their psychological skills in an alternative career context such as careers counselling and development.

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning will be assessed as per the VET Student Handbook and the TLP005 Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available here.


  • What is self-paced learning?
    Self-paced learning means you can learn in your own time and schedule. You will receive access to our online learning management system to work through the topic’s narrated PowerPoint presentations, resources and assessments.
    But don’t worry, studying online doesn’t mean studying alone at CMI! Our experienced trainers and dedicated Lecturer Support Tutor, are available to assist you at any stage along your student journey.
    The weekly interactive sessions also provide you with the opportunity to attend either online or face-to-face, to work directly with the course trainer and fellow students. This provides you with the opportunity to benefit from group activities to fulfil your assessment needs.


  • What if I can’t commit to the full course?
    Cairnmillar now offers microcredential enrolment! This is a flexible option that allows you to attend classes and study the same material as those enrolled in the full course, with the ability to interact with lecturers and fellow students. This option is suitable for those taking the first steps towards a new degree, those who are considering a career change, and/or those who want to learn about a particular topic.
    Units from all of our VET courses are available as microcredential enrolment. Cairnmillar’s microcredentials are also stackable, allowing you to qualify for a recognised qualification over a period of time, such as a Certificate or Diploma.


  • What should I write in the ‘short written statement’ as part of my application? How long should it be?
    Your personal statement should address why you wish to study your course of choice at Cairnmillar and should be 500 words long. Up to 10% either side is normally acceptable should your statement be a sentence or two under or over the limit.

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