Graduate Certificate of Leadership

Course structure

You complete two units and four Professional Practice credentials.

To gain a Professional Practice credential, you have to demonstrate the capabilities you've acquired in the workplace.


Download the prospectus to find out more about the units and the Professional Practice credentials.

2 Core

Leadership Practice with Impact

This foundational unit will deliver a thorough grounding in core leadership challenges and theories. The insights gained will enable you to explore different leadership concepts, and apply them to your workplace.

Leadership Challenges

This unit focuses on the common contemporary challenges that leaders and those in leadership positions face in the workplace. It provides insight into how these challenges appear and evolve, and gives students the necessary skills to overcome them through evidence-based decision-making.

Please note: As part of any master’s degree at Deakin University, you need to complete the compulsory, zero-credit-point unit Academic Integrity. This unit requires you to pass an online multiple-choice test.

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Unlike other postgraduate courses, Deakin’s Professional Practice courses focus on recognising the advanced skills you already have while further improving your approach to leadership through reflection.

Earning Professional Practice credentials gives you the opportunity to reflect on your leadership experience and, consequently, become a better leader. Further, you’ll validate your new and existing capabilities as a leader. Professional Practice credentials are designed so that they can be completed between work and other commitments. You can work on them any time throughout the year.

You'll obtain each Professional Practice credential by writing a short reflective essay, submitting evidence and providing a video testimony. During this process, you’ll apply leadership concepts and frameworks to contextualise your experience, with the goal of further developing your leadership practice.

As part of the Graduate Certificate of Leadership, you must obtain Professional Practice credentials in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Leading and developing people
  • Driving strategic results
  • Teamwork 

Download the prospectus to learn more about Professional Practice credentials and the course structure.

Flexible and 100% online

This leading-edge postgraduate course is designed for leaders who need flexibility for when and where they complete their studies.

  • Based on gaining Professional Practice credentials, this course has no exams and is designed specifically for a 100% online experience.
  • Study while you work, immediately apply what you learn to your workplace.

One-on-one support

You’ll be supported every step of the way.

Each student is provided with a Student Success Adviser, who offers non-academic advice and support from enrolment through to graduation.

From tackling the unit readings to submitting a testimony, your academics are also available to provide support whenever you need it.