Microcredentials and Single Subjects

Cairnmillar now offers microcredential and single subject enrolments!

Enrolling in a microcredential or single subject is a flexible option that allows students to study without committing to a full degree. This option is suitable to those thinking about:

  • taking the first steps towards a new degree*,
  • adding to professional and personal development,
  • considering a career change, and/or
  • want to learn more about a particular topic.

This option allows students to study the same course material as those studying the full course, with the ability to interact with lecturers and fellow students. Students will attend small class sizes, which promote in depth discussions, allowing students a chance to fully explore the subject areas.

Coursework units from our VET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, excluding placement units, are available for microcredential or single subject enrolment.

*Please note, enrolment into a microcredential or single subject, does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar VET or postgraduate program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our team at pd@cairnmillar.org.au.

More about Microcredentials

Microcredentials are short courses that focus on very specific skills and allow you to earn a certificate on completion. They tend to be narrower in focus than longer qualifications, so you can learn what you need to know quickly, without giving up your day job. Microcredentials help people retrain and upgrade their skills to find new employment.

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.

Units from each of our VET courses are available for micro-credential enrolment! Students undertake the unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four live interactive sessions (30-90 minutes). This session can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East campus in Victoria.

More about Single Subjects

Classes are held 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period. This includes a 2 week mid-semester break.
To view our Academic Calendar, please click here.

Assessed vs Non-Assessed (Audit): 

Students have the option to participate in the unit assessments and receive a statement of results upon completion. This unit of completion may then be recognised as prior learning and count towards a related degree. Students will need to have an attendance rate of 80% and participate in class activities and complete all assessment tasks.

Students may otherwise chose to audit the unit, without having the pressure of assessments or exams. Participants will receive a statement of attendance upon completion. This option does not allow participants to apply for credit or recognition of prior learning, if they decide to pursue further study or apply for a course at a later stage.

Both options are available until the semester Census date, as listed on our Academic Calendar.

Admission Criteria and How to Apply

For entry into a microcredential or single subject, students are required to submit their expression of interest through the applications portal, with the following supporting documentation:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A short-answer statement of maximum 250 words, outlining what factors have contributed to your application.

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

Fees
Microcredentials

Students enrolled in a microcredential will pay the tuition fee only. Please note, FEE-HELP is not available for microcredential enrolment.

Unit fees are available within the unit description.


Single Subjects

Students enrolled in a single subject will pay a tuition fee plus a $250 admin fee. Please note, FEE-HELP is not available for single subject units.

This fee provides students with their identification card, as well as access to our online student management system, to our Library and Test Library for those undertaking an assessment unit, printer and computer access, and will benefit from the on-campus facilities for the duration of their enrolment in the unit. Read more about student life at Cairnmillar here

Assessed: Full tuition fees apply for those wanting to receive an academic transcript upon completion.

Non-Assessed (Audit): Students wanting to audit the unit, can do so at a reduce cost per subject. Additional discounts are available if students are already enrolled in another degree at Cairnmillar.

Payment Due Date: Payment due dates are available on our Academic Calendar.

The units listed below are currently available for single-subject enrolment. Unit fees are available within the unit description. 

Apply now

Applications are now open for:

  • Microcredentials: Term Two - April 2023.
    Applications close Monday 10th April 2023.

Higher Education Units

Counselling Related Units

Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT) are based on the notion that problems are related to thoughts, feelings and actions that are learnt over the course of a person’s development. This unit introduces students to the three waves of CBT, with a particular focus on the mindfulness-informed therapy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

In this practical unit, students will gain experience in applying and evaluating their skills across the six core processes of ACT. 

Taught at Bachelor level (AQF 7), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1 or 2 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Pre-requisites: CAP101 Counselling Theories and Models.

 

Study Mode: Face-to-Face - Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $1,312.50 + $250 (admin fee) + GST
Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period Application Type: Domestic only

This introductory unit provides foundational knowledge of the major Schools of counselling and psychotherapy: psychodynamic, humanistic – existential, cognitive-behaviour, and post-modern. Students will develop theoretical and professional awareness of the essential aspects of these approaches. In particular, the theory of change and main interventions for each approach will be explored. The unit will expose the student to a range of therapeutic literature and other resources. The learning in this unit will be supported by class discussions, small group work, demonstrations, case study analyses, as well as student participation in triad practice groups.

Taught at Bachelor level (AQF 7), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1 or 2 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Study Mode: Face-to-Face - Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $1,312.50 + $250 (admin fee) + GST
Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period Application Type: Domestic only

This is a foundational unit focused on developing an understanding of the theories, concepts, attitudes and practices of humanistic psychotherapy, with a particular focus on personcentred therapy and the work of its founder, Carl Rogers. It supports students in the development of therapeutic presence and foundational person-centred counselling skills. The skills and attitudes introduced in this unit are contextualised via exploration of recent research into the common factors of successful therapy, including the neuroscience of relationships. The material presented in class and via selected readings will be practically applied through in-class real plays practice.

Taught at Bachelor level (AQF 7), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Study Mode: Face-to-Face - Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $1,312.50 + $250 (admin fee) + GST
Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period Application Type: Domestic only

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the scientific research process and provide an overview of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. It focuses on conceptual, practical, and ethical issues in the research process. A key aim of the unit is to provide an understanding of how research is designed to address specific research questions in response to broader social issues. Relevant ethical, contextual, and cultural issues are also addressed in this unit.

Taught at Master level (AQF 9), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

Entry Requirements:

A Bachelors degree (AQF level 7) or higher.

 

Study Mode: Face-to-Face - Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST
Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period Application Type: Domestic only

Psychology Related Units

This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles of psychology and provides students with the core awareness of the multiple disciplines within psychology to prime and facilitate interdisciplinary learning in future units. Each week students will receive an introduction to a different discipline in psychology before concluding with an introduction to the idea of interdisciplinary psychological science

Taught at Bachelor level (AQF 7), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1 or 2 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

 

Study Mode: Face-to-Face - Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $1,312.50 + $250 (admin fee) + GST
Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period Application Type: Domestic only

Psychological Science Related Units

Theories of Personality provides a conceptual overview of the major theories of personality psychology. Students will learn about the major paradigmatic approaches used to inform understandings of personality psychology research, including trait and biological, social learning and self-concept, and psychodynamic and motivation approaches. In addition, students will explore, apply, and critically analyse a range of methods used to test and measure personality. Finally, students will also learn about the application of personality psychology to a range of settings and topics, including therapeutic approaches, workplaces, and culture.

Taught at a Graduate Diploma level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

Entry requirements

A recognised AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree.

 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,493.75 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period

Application Type: Domestic only

This micro-credential provides an applied introduction to the scientific approach that characterises the discipline of psychology. Students are introduced to modern approaches to critical thinking and scientific enquiry.

Topics covered in the micro-credential include the logic and practice of statistical inference, research design and analysis, and contemporary issues in the science of psychology. After this micro-credential, students will be able to design a study, collect and analyse data and provide sound practical interpretations of results.

Taught at a Graduate Diploma level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

Entry requirements

A recognised AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree.

 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,493.75 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period

Application Type: Domestic only

This unit provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches and research findings regarding how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour are affected by others in social interactions. The topics that students will learn about include: commonly used research methods and ethical issues arising in social psychology; history of social psychology; social cognition; attribution; attitude measurement and attitude change; self and identity; aggression; attraction and close relationships; and social influence processes and group dynamics concerning issues such as crowd behaviour and prejudice and discrimination.

Taught at a Graduate Diploma level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

Entry requirements

A recognised AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree.

 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,493.75 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period

Application Type: Domestic only

Developmental Psychology provides students with an understanding of human development across the lifespan. Through this unit, you will learn about the key theories of human development and consider the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional development of individuals from the prenatal period to the final stages of life. You will also gain familiarity with the methodologies used to answer important questions relevant to the field of developmental psychology.

Taught at a Graduate Diploma level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at The Cairnmillar Institute. 

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

Entry requirements

A recognised AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree.

 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,493.75 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, over a 14 week period

Application Type: Domestic only

Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health Related Units

This micro-credential introduces students to counselling and provides an opportunity to learn and practice basic counselling skills. Counselling clients from a variety of backgrounds, presentations, and contexts, will be addressed through assessment of needs, case studies and discussion, together with ethical issues in counselling practice.

The micro-credential is also designed to develop theoretical understanding of a range of current psychotherapeutic theories including person-centred and behavioural approaches in counselling. In addition, students will be made aware of cultural sensitivities and encouraged to reflect on their own impact on the counselling process.

Students will be provided opportunities to develop and practice case conceptualisation, simulations, observational and counselling skills, therapeutic techniques, and brief interventions. The theoretical learning and discussions will be supported by practice exercises focused on developing and enhancing counselling skills.

Taught at Graduate Certificate level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Graduate Certificate and Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate course or relevant substantial industry experience

 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours per week of independent study, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

This micro-credential provides a comprehensive understanding of attachment and other relevant theories in child and adolescent development, and the biopsychosocial factors that influence development in those early years and beyond through adolescence (up to the age of 19 years). In addition, students will explore the different assessments used to explain typical and divergent behaviours in children and youth, and how these assessments can be used to inform practice.

Students will be introduced to interviewing, history taking, case conceptualisation, and report writing, and some of the common therapies used when working with children and adolescents.

Taught at Graduate Certificate level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Graduate Certificate and Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate course or relevant substantial industry experience.

 
 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours per week of independent study, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

The focus of this unit is on promotion, prevention, and early intervention. Students will learn about positive promotion of mental health and prevention of mental health problems as well as being provided with the opportunity to gain skills in recognising children and youth with disabilities, developmental delays, or disorders.

Students will be introduced to an evidencebased early intervention framework: the Developmental Systems Approach (DSA), Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, along with other models and interventions. The DSA is a relationship-oriented, and family-centred approach focused on strengthening and building family capacities that influence child and adolescent development and facilitate assessment and intervention. Identifying a range of common challenges for children and youth, this unit enhances students’ awareness of the benefits of early intervention and promotes the use of effective communication and problem-solving skills in the family and school contexts.

Taught at Graduate Certificate level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Graduate Certificate and Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate course or relevant substantial industry experience.

 
 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours per week of independent study, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

This unit provides an opportunity to gain understanding of theoretical background, concepts, and practical tools needed to work with families to facilitate change. Students will explore how family history and structure, social beliefs, and systems such as education and health, influence individual and family mental health, and gain skills in coaching to assist parents in developing achievable goals. In addition, particular needs of First Nation peoples and families from multicultural backgrounds are considered. The knowledge students will gain in this unit will be consolidated by exploring a series of evidence-based approaches and strategies to support families in complex and stressful situations.

Taught at Graduate Certificate level (AQF 8), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Graduate Certificate and Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate course or relevant substantial industry experience.

 
 
Study Mode: Online  Intake: July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours per week of independent study, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

In this micro-credential case formulation will be utilised to understand ways to gather information and integrate it into a way of understanding the diverse, complex, interacting factors (individual, family and social) that relate to the presenting problem. This can then guide treatment planning. The development of treatment plans utilising approaches which are evidence-based with a focus on common elements of therapeutic interventions will be considered.

Counselling skills in a variety of circumstances, including groups, will be practised to increase confidence in working with clients who present with a range of complex needs, including developmental and attachment concerns. Challenges often faced by mental health professionals working with children and adolescents will be explored with a focus on responding in a strength-based and effective way. The use of realistic case studies will enable the complexities associated with this work to be explored in depth.

Taught at Master level (AQF 9), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Graduate Diploma or equivalent (AQF 8) in a related discipline (such as teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology, counselling).

Study Mode: Online  Intake: July 2025
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2,940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours per week of independent study, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

This micro-credential provides practitioners with the foundations for providing services in a safe and effective way across diverse populations. Families in Australia vary along many dimensions, including culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and neurotype. Students will be guided to reflect on their own identities and learn how this may impact on the therapeutic encounter. Some key elements of diversity and their effect on life experiences are covered in depth. Students will consider how diversity impacts on engagement and therapeutic alliance, critically evaluate research through a diversity lens, and design programs that are appropriate for the diverse range of families, children, and youth encountered in real life clinical practice.

Taught at Master level (AQF 9), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Graduate Diploma or equivalent (AQF 8) in a related discipline (such as teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology, counselling).

Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2025
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours of independent study per week, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

When working with children and youth, it is essential to be familiar with evidence-based child and adolescent therapy approaches and creative, playful methods of therapy in order to provide developmentally appropriate, sensitive and effective services. In this micro-credential, students will gain a strong foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of the process of child and adolescent therapy and counselling skills, including the use of play therapy, structured social and emotional learning programs, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Taught at Master level (AQF 9), you will have the choice as to whether you undertake assessments in this unit or not. Those undertaking assessments may use this unit as a credit towards the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health at The Cairnmillar Institute. Or, you can enrol directly into this degree for a Semester 1, 2023 start!*

Please note, single subject enrolment does not guarantee students a place in a Cairnmillar program of study. Eligibility criteria and recognition of prior learning restrictions do apply. For all enquiries, please contact to our Education team

*Applications are open for single unit admissions, as well as direct enrolment into the Master of Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health. Applications will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for an informal discussion prior to admittance.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Graduate Diploma or equivalent (AQF 8) in a related discipline (such as teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology, counselling).

Study Mode: Online  Intake: February 2025
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $2940 + $250 (admin fee) + GST

Duration: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours pre-recorded lecture per week; 1.5 hours synchronous tutorial per week) plus 6 hours of independent study per week, over a 14-week period. 

Application Type: Domestic only

Vocational Education & Training (VET) Units

Counselling Related Units

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor-client relationship according to the agency’s counselling model.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Learning goals include:

  • using a structured approach to counselling
  • establishing the nature of the helping relationship
  • confirming the helping relationship.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $739.13
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Learning goals include:

  • communicating effectively
  • using specialised counselling interviewing skills
  • evaluating own communication.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $443.48
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work through concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Learning goals include:

  • supporting clients to identify concerns
  • supporting clients to work through concerns
  • monitoring the counselling process
  • bringing the counselling process to an end.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $886.96
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research key concepts and constructs of theories of personality and human development, and link those to counselling practice.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • researching theories of personality and human development
  • linking theories to own practice
  • updating and maintaining knowledge of theoretical trends.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $369.57
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

Learning goals include:

  • reflecting on own practice
  • enhancing own practice
  • facilitating ongoing professional development.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $886.96
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • identifying and responding to legal requirements
  • identifying and meeting ethical responsibilities
  • contributing to workplace improvements.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $406.52
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision.

Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • determining appropriate response to case management in accordance with organisation and legislative requirements
  • conducting case management meetings
  • developing an appropriate case management plan
  • monitoring and reviewing case work activities and processes.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $554.35
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services.

This unit applies to any community services worker involved in crisis intervention. Management of the crisis may involve face-to-face, telephone or remote contact with the persons involved.

This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • identifying imminent crisis situations
  • addressing immediate safety concerns
  • providing referral for crisis intervention support
  • caring for self.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 -July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $332.61
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply theory underpinning behaviourism and social learning to formulate and monitor a program for behaviour change in a counselling context.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines. This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • researching learning theories
  • analysing behavioural outcomes of different modelling and reinforcement influences
  • formulating a program for change in a counselling context.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $480.43
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Learning goals include:

  • assisting clients to clarify goals and requirements
  • exploring options with clients
  • supporting client to reach decisions.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $886.96
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

This unit applies to workers in a range of job roles providing services to children and young people including in community services and health contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • implementing work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • reporting indications of possible risk of harm
  • applying ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $295.65
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning goals include:

  • reflecting on own perspectives
  • appreciating diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • communicating with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • promoting understanding across diverse groups.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $295.65
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • identifying cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • modelling cultural safety in own work
  • developing strategies for improved cultural safety
  • evaluating cultural safety strategies.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $184.78
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond to the goals and aspirations of older people and provide support services in a manner that focuses on improving health outcomes and quality of life using a person-centred approach.

This unit applies to support workers in residential or community contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • developing relationships with older people
  • providing services to older people
  • supporting the rights of older people
  • promoting health and re-ablement of older people.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $369.57
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement.

This unit applies to workers in a range of community services and health contexts.

Learning goals include:

  • recognising reactions to loss and grief
  • engaging empathically
  • offering support and information
  • caring for self
  • reviewing support provided.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $406.52
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and use different counselling therapies to meet client needs.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Learning goals include:

  • selecting counselling therapies
  • using counselling therapies
  • evaluating use of counselling therapies.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $517.39
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage with diverse people to determine relationship issues and support relationship building using a strengths-based approach.

The unit applies to individuals working with individuals and families in community services work. It does not include formal relationship counselling. When combined with other units it may apply to group work.

Learning goals include:

  • engaging with people to determine interpersonal relationship needs
  • supporting relationship building
  • making referrals.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Counselling at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the diploma.

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $443.48
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

Career Development Units

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.

This unit applies to work across a range of workplace contexts where workers at all levels may communicate with individuals and/or groups both in person and in writing.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Communicate with clients and co-workers
  2. Address communication needs
  3. Facilitate meetings

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients identify their career aspirations and develop career plans through the effective conduct of career interviews. 

This unit applies to individuals working in career development or a career related field.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Assist clients to identify career aspirations
  2. Assist clients to identify career interests and needs’
  3. Identify career and employment opportunities and resources
  4. Assist clients to develop a strategy to address their needs and interests

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Identify and respond to legal requirements
  2. Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  3. Contribute to workplace improvements

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use the key principles and practices of the Australian career development framework as established in the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

This unit applies to individuals working in career development or a career related field.

This unit is broken up into five elements. These include:

  1. Promote active participation of clients 
  2. Provide an environment to facilitate client learning
  3. Support clients to develop resilience to change and transition
  4. Provide services relevant to stages in life and career development 
  5. Follow up and evaluate services provided

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work with clients in career transition to collaboratively implement and monitor a career action plan and to evaluate their satisfaction with the support services provided.

This unit applies to individuals working in career development or a career related field.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Support clients to implement career action plan
  2. Monitor progress
  3. Evaluate services provided

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to identify their rights, voice their needs and concerns and realise their interests, rights and needs.

This unit applies to workers of all levels in a range of health or community services settings who provide services using a human rights based approach and have direct interaction with clients.

This unit is broken up into five elements. These include:

  1. Facilitate the realisation of client interests, rights and needs
  2. Advocate in accordance with client preferences and requests to optimise client outcomes
  3. Provide ongoing support to clients
  4. Support clients making a complaint
  5.  Review progress

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues.

This unit applies to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues. The services and support provided are not mental health specific.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues
  2. Determine the needs of people with mental health issues
  3. Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to respond effectively to behaviours of concern of people. Skills are associated with handling difficult incidents rather than managing ongoing behaviour difficulties.

The unit applies to workers in any context exposed to difficult and challenging behaviour.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Identify behaviour and plan response
  2. Apply response
  3. Report and review incidents

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement strategies to assist people with complex communication needs to communicate through effective use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. It does not include matching AAC systems to the person’s needs, as this is carried out by an allied health professional as part of the development of an individualised plan.

AAC refers to methods that replace or supplement speech to address the needs of people whose oral speech skills limit their ability to meet their participation and communication needs.

AAC systems comprise communication aids, symbols, strategies, devices, tools and techniques and methods that may be aided or unaided.

This unit applies to disability support work in a variety of contexts. Work performed requires a range of well developed, person-centred skills where some discretion and judgement is required and workers will take responsibility for their own outputs.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Identify the current communication capacity and needs of the person
  2. Develop effective AAC strategies
  3. Implement AAC strategies
  4. Monitor and review communication strategies

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice.

This unit applies to work in all industry sectors, and to individuals who take pro-active responsibility for improving collaboration between workers and organisations.

This unit is broken up into five elements. These include:

  1. Identify networking and collaboration needs and opportunities
  2. Develop collaboration strategies
  3. Work collaboratively
  4. Represent the organisation
  5. Maintain and enhance networks and collaborative partnerships

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Reflect on own perspectives
  2. Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  3. Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  4. Promote understanding across diverse groups

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to access, interpret and use information about employment, education, training and the labour market in Australia.

This unit applies to individuals working in employment services, career development, workforce planning and other environments. Information may be used to support individual job seekers, employees, employers or internal and external clients depending on the job role.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Access employment, labour market, education and training information 
  2. Link employment, labour market, education and training information to work practice
  3. Maintain own knowledge of employment, labour market, education and training information

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote and represent the organisation to the community, including developing responses to negative publicity and perception.

The unit applies to work in all industry sectors, and to individuals who work with significant autonomy, most likely in management roles.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Promote the service to the community
  2. Represent the service
  3. Respond to negative publicity and perceptions

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Career Development at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: TBC
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

Business Related Units

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify a business opportunity and its key components. This requires undertaking research to determine the viability of the opportunity, with reference to the legislative frameworks affecting the business.

The unit applies to those establishing or operating a business providing self-employment, as well as those establishing a new venture as part of a larger organisation. The business opportunities may relate to products and/or services offered by the business.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Identify potential opportunities for business
  2. Investigate market needs and factors affecting the market
  3. Finalise investigation into business opportunities

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

Upon competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to investigate business opportunities.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $125
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to research the viability of ideas for business opportunities and develop and present proposals for viable options in formats suiting a range of stakeholders.

The unit applies to those establishing or operating a business providing self-employment, as well as those establishing a new venture as part of a larger organisation. The proposals may relate to products and/or services offered by the business.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Evaluate business ideas
  2. Manage risk associated with business proposals
  3. Develop a proposal for a viable business idea
  4. Present business proposal

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to develop and present business proposals.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - January/February 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $150
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to estimate start-up costs, financial viability and projected cash flow and budget for a new business venture. It involves assessing the need to access the required finances based on calculations and estimates undertaken.

The unit applies to those establishing a business providing self-employment, as well as those establishing a new venture as part of a larger organisation.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Prepare to organise finances for a new business venture
  2. Determine required finances for a new business venture
  3. Plan to access finances for a new business venture

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to organise finances for new business ventures.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $250
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify a business opportunity and its key components. This requires undertaking research to determine the viability of the opportunity, with reference to the legislative frameworks affecting the business.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Research compliance requirements of a new business venture
  2. Seek specialist advice on compliance and risk minimisation
  3. Take action to support business compliance

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

Upon competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to address compliance requirements for new business ventures.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $225
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to use advanced-level critical thinking skills in a workplace context. This includes using methods of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

The unit applies to individuals who evaluate existing or proposed work practices and are typically responsible for reviewing or developing work processes, products, or services that may be proposed or are already existing. 

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish the role of critical thinking in the workplace
  2. Lead critical thinking processes
  3. Develop a critical thinking mindset.

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to apply critical thinking skills in a workplace context.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $250
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to use advanced-level critical thinking skills in a workplace context. This includes using methods of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

The unit applies to individuals who evaluate existing or proposed work practices and are typically responsible for reviewing or developing work processes, products, or services that may be proposed or are already existing. 

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish the role of critical thinking in the workplace
  2. Lead critical thinking processes
  3. Develop a critical thinking mindset.

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to apply critical thinking skills in a workplace context.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $250
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to establish, develop, and maintain effective work relationships and networks through relationship building and negotiation skills required by workers within an organisation as well as freelance or contract workers.

This unit applies to individuals with a broad knowledge of networking and negotiation who contribute to creating solutions to unpredictable problems. They may have the responsibility for and provide guidance to others.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish business relationships
  2. Maintain business relationships
  3. Build and improve business relationships

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to build and maintain business relationships.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $175
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to assist with implementing and monitoring an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs as part of a small work team.

The unit applies to individuals who have roles in assisting with maintaining workplace safety in an organisation. Individuals closely monitor aspects of work associated with the safe delivery of products and services, and they contribute to influencing safety in the workplace.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Assist with incorporating WHS policies and procedures into work team processes
  2. Contribute to consultative arrangements for managing WHS
  3. Contribute to organisational procedures for providing WHS training
  4. Participate in identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks for the work area

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to assist with maintaining workplace safety.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $200
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate (through written, oral and nonverbal form) in the workplace within an industry.

This unit applies to a wide range of workers but has a specific focus on the communication skills required for workers with limited responsibility for others.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Plan workplace communication
  2. Undertake routine communication
  3. Participate in workplace communication

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to engage in workplace communication.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $200
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify customer needs, deliver and monitor customer service and identify improvements in the provision of customer service.

The unit applies to those who apply a broad range of competencies in various work contexts. In this role, individuals often exercise discretion and judgement using appropriate knowledge of customer service. They provide technical advice and support to customers over short or long-term interactions.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Identify customer needs
  2. Deliver a service to customers
  3. Evaluate customer service delivery

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated the skills and knowledge required to deliver and monitor a service to customers.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate III level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate III. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $175
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

Leadership and Management Related Units

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams and individuals by modelling high standards of conduct to reflect the organisation’s standards and values.

The unit applies to individuals who are making the transition from being a team member to taking responsibility for the work and performance of others and providing the first level of leadership within the organisation. These leaders have a strong influence on the work culture, values and ethics of the teams they supervise.

This unit is broken into three elements. These include:

  1. Prepare to demonstrate leadership
  2. Align behaviour with organisational values
  3. Model leadership behaviour

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $211.86
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills, knowledge and outcomes required to use leadership to promote team cohesion. It includes motivating, mentoring, coaching and developing the team and forming the bridge between the management of the organisation and team members.

The unit applies to team leaders, supervisors and new or emerging managers where leadership plays a role in developing and maintaining effective workplace relationships. It applies in any industry or community context. At this level work will normally be carried out within routine and non-routine methods and procedures, which require planning, evaluation, leadership and guidance of others.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Prepare to lead workplace relationships
  2. Lead workplace relationships
  3. Review leadership

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $211.86
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement operational plans by planning and acquiring resources, monitoring and adjusting operational performance and providing reports on performance, as required.

The unit applies to individuals who plan activities to achieve team and organisational objectives. At this level, work will normally be carried out within routine and non-routine methods and involve procedures that require planning, evaluation, leadership and guidance of others.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Prepare to implement operational plan
  2. Implement operational plan
  3. Monitor operational performance
  4. Review operations based on performance

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $169.49
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate and apply communication strategies in the workplace within any industry.

This unit has a specific focus on the communication skills required for supervisor level workers with responsibility for other workers.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Prepare for communication
  2. Use communication strategies to provide work instruction
  3. Facilitate workplace communication
  4. Monitor and support team communication

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $211.86
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to effectively lead and facilitate a team in a workplace within any industry.

This unit has a specific focus on the teamwork skills required for team leader or supervisor level (depending on organisational structure) workers with responsibility for others or teams.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Plan team outcomes
  2. Coordinate team and individuals
  3. Support team
  4. Monitor team performance

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $211.86
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on the development of systems and the analysis of information to monitor and adjust performance strategies, and to manage opportunities for further improvements.

The unit applies to individuals who take an active role in managing a continuous improvement process in order to achieve an organisation’s objectives. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures which require the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem-solving and decision-making strategies.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish systems and processes
  2. Monitor and adjust performance strategies
  3. Manage opportunities for further improvement

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $254.24
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and implement ways of promoting innovation within team environments in the workplace.

The unit applies to individuals who are team participants or team leaders responsible for playing a proactive role in demonstrating innovation in a formal or informal team environment.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Identify opportunities to maximise innovation
  2. Organise and agree on effective ways of working
  3. Support and guide colleagues to promote innovation
  4. Evaluate innovation ideas and promotion

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $169.49
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively as a workplace leader, including understanding the context, choosing methods of communication to suit the audience, and following up.

The unit applies to managers, supervisors, and team leaders who are required to communicate with other persons within the workplace. Communication skills cover a range of methods and contexts within principally structured environments.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Prepare for communication
  2. Engage in communication
  3. Review communication

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively as a workplace leader.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $169.49
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare, facilitate and lead difficult conversations.

The unit applies to individuals who may work as managers and leaders required to lead difficult conversations in the workplace. They contribute well developed verbal and relationship building skills in having difficult conversations.

This unit is broken up into three chapters. These include:

  1. Prepare For Conversation
  2. Facilitate Difficult Conversation
  3. Follow up and Review Conversation

At the end of this training, you will be asked to complete an assessment pack for this unit of competency. You will need to access a supervisor, a manager, or your assessor who can observe you perform project or workplace tasks and verify your competency or performance.

On competent completion of the assessment, you must have demonstrated skills and knowledge required to lead difficult conversations.

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $169.49
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills, knowledge and outcomes required to lead the performance of a team and to develop team cohesion.

The unit applies team leaders, supervisors and new emerging managers who have an important leadership role in the development of efficient and effective work teams. Leaders at this level also provide leadership for the team and bridge the gap between the management of the organisation and the team members. As such they must ‘manage up’ as well as manage their team/s.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Plan team outcomes
  2. Promote team cohesion
  3. Supervise team performance
  4. Liaise with management

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria.

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $211.86
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a minor project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.

The unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Establish project parameters
  2. Develop project plan
  3. Administer and monitor project
  4. Finalise and review project

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria.

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $254.24
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and review financial management strategies, including by using new and emerging digital technologies and interpreting financial reports and other numerical data.

The unit applies to those establishing a business providing self-employment, as well as those establishing a new venture as part of a larger organisation

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Implement financial strategy
  2. Monitor financial performance
  3. Review financial performance

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. This session can be attended online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria.

Taught at Certificate IV level, students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Certificate IV. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $254.24
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to present and negotiate persuasively, lead and participate in meetings and make presentations to customers, clients and other key stakeholders.

The unit applies to individuals who are managers and leaders required to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources, and who deal with unpredictable problems as part of their job role. They use initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, evaluate and co-ordinate the work of teams.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Identify communication requirements
  2. Negotiate to achieve agreed outcome
  3. Participate in and lead meetings
  4. Make presentations

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop critical and creative thinking skills in others within a workplace context.

The unit applies to individuals who are developing and coaching others, for whom critical thinking skills (including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) are an important part of their job roles. This unit applies to individuals who are typically responsible for leading teams.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Assess individual and team critical and creative thinking skills
  2. Establish an environment that encourages the application of critical and creative thinking
  3. Monitor and improve thinking practices

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $574.32
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage effective workplace relationships.

The unit applies to individuals in leadership or management positions who have a prominent role in establishing and managing processes and procedures to support workplace relationships. These individuals apply the values, goals and cultural diversity policies of the organisation. They use complex and diverse methods and procedures as well as a range of problem solving and decision making strategies, which require the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish effective workplace relationship processes
  2. Manage effective workplace relationships
  3. Review management of workplace relationships

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 1 - February 2024
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $574.32
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and monitor the implementation of operational plans to support efficient and effective workplace practices and organisational productivity and profitability.

The unit applies to individuals who manage the work of others and operate within the parameters of a broader strategic and/or business plans.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Establish operational plan
  2. Manage resource acquisition
  3. Monitor and review operational performance

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $804.05
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage resources according to planned business strategies. It includes analysing resource requirements, developing resource plans, allocating resources, and reviewing and reporting on resource usage.

The unit applies to individuals with a role in allocating and monitoring the use of physical and/or human resources to meet defined business objectives.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Analyse resource requirements
  2. Develop resource plans
  3. Allocate resources
  4. Review and report on resource usage

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $918.92
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes skills and knowledge required to manage business risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting.

The unit applies to individuals who are working in positions of authority and who are approved to implement change across the organisation, business unit, program or project area. They may or may not have responsibility for directly supervising others.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Establish risk context
  2. Identify risks
  3. Analyse risks
  4. Select and implement treatments

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 2 - April 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and use emotional intelligence to increase self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management in the workplace.

The unit applies to individuals who are required to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources and who deal with unpredictable problems as part of their job role. These individuals may be responsible for leading a team or work area.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Prepare to develop emotional intelligence
  2. Develop emotional intelligence
  3. Promote development of emotional intelligence in others

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation.

The unit applies to individuals working at a managerial level who lead and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement. It will also involve using a range of problem solving and decision-making strategies.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Establish team performance plan
  2. Develop and facilitate team cohesion
  3. Facilitate teamwork
  4. Liaise with stakeholders

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead diversity for a work area. It covers implementing the organisation’s diversity policy, fostering diversity within the work team and promoting the benefits of a diverse workplace.

The unit applies to individuals who direct the work of others in teams of variable sizes. They may work with staff from different cultures, races, religions, generations, or other forms of difference in any industry context.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Review diversity policy
  2. Foster respect for diversity in the work team
  3. Promote the benefits of diversity

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars Intake: Term 3 - July 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create an environment that enables and supports practice which focuses on a holistic approach to the integration of innovation across all areas of work practice.

The unit applies to individuals working in leadership or management roles in any industry or community context. The individual could be employed by the organisation, but may also be an external contractor, the leader of a cross organisation team or of a self-formed team of individuals.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Establish work practices
  2. Create an innovative environment
  3. Implement innovative work environment
  4. Share and evaluate innovative ideas and work environment

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $574.32
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage employee relations (ER) and industrial relations (IR) matters in an organisation. It involves developing and implementing ER and IR policies and plans and managing conflict resolution negotiations.

The unit applies to those who are authorised to oversee IR and manage conflict and grievances in an organisation. They will have a sound theoretical knowledge base in human resources management and IR as well as current knowledge of ER and IR trends and legislation.

This unit is broken up into three elements. These include:

  1. Develop ER and IR policies and plans
  2. Implement ER and IR policies and plans
  3. Manage negotiations to resolve conflict

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $918.92
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and review policy in an organisation. It covers anticipating and confirming the need for policy development or review; planning the policy development process; gathering and analysing information; determining policy direction; and drafting, releasing and promoting policy.

The unit applies to managers who draft and review policy that is formulated to facilitate the implementation of decisions made by senior executives, business owners and boards of management or similar.

This unit is broken up into four elements. These include:

  1. Review existing policy
  2. Establish need for policy development
  3. Prepare for and develop policy
  4. Release and review policy development process and policy

Students undertake this unit through self-paced online learning across a 10-week period, including one-to-four 90-minute live interactive sessions. These sessions are scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays and can be attended online or face-to-face at our Hawthorn East, Victoria campus. 

Taught at Diploma level (AQF 5), students will be able to use this unit as a credit towards the Diploma of Leadership and Management at The Cairnmillar Institute, or they can enrol directly into the Diploma. 

Study Mode: eLearn + 1-4 online or face-to-face webinars  Intake: Term 4 - September 2023
Delivery: Part-time  Fees: $689.19
Duration: 10 weeks Application Type: Domestic only