Graduate Certificate of Leadership

How the course is structured

You complete two course-work units and four Professional Practice credentials.

Download the course guide to learn more about the course structure.


2 Core

Leadership Practice with Impact

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

Leadership Research Methods

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

Please note: As part of any postgraduate 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.

Download the course guide to learn more about the course-work units and the course structure.


Unlike other master's courses, Deakin’s Professional Practice degrees focus on recognising the skills you already have while further improving your approach to leadership through guided self-reflection.

Earning credentials gives you the opportunity to reflect on your leadership experience and, consequently, become a better leader. You are encouraged to apply new behaviours, knowledge and skills in the workplace, validating your capabilities as a leader.

You'll obtain each of the following industry-endorsed credentials by writing a set of reflective examples, submitting evidence documents and providing additional video testimony.

For the Graduate Certificate of Leadership, you must obtain Professional Practice credentials in:

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

To gain a Professional Practice credential, you must demonstrate the capabilities you've acquired in a senior leadership role.

If you complete the Graduate Certificate of Leadership and wish to continue your development, you can continue on into the Master of Leadership which requires you to complete a further six Professional Practice credentials and a workplace-based research capstone project.

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

Flexible and 100% online

This leading-edge postgraduate degree 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 and 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 course-work unit readings to submitting a Professional Practice credential testimony, your academics are also available to provide support whenever you need it.